Pentecost 12 – August 15, 2021

Pentecost 12 – August 15, 2021

Service for The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome back from vacation to Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | August 15, 2021 | Pentecost 12 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am

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Pentecost 12. August 15 Bulletin Cover. Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

A portion of the Holy Gospel appointed for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, from John 6. We welcome you to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin. May you be comforted and assured by Jesus and His words of eternal life as you participate in worship with us today.

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 15, 2021

Divine Service, Setting Three with Holy Communion


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen. Matthew 28:19b


Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. Hebrews 10:22

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:5

Almighty God, our maker and redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto You that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed. Wherefore we flee for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

O most merciful God, who has given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will and true obedience to Your Word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgives us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the children of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Grant this, Lord, unto us all. John 1:12, Mark 16:16

PSALM Psalm 34:11-22

Pastor: Come, O children, listen to me;

Men: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Pastor: What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?

Women: Keep your tongue from evil
     and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good;
     seek peace and pursue it.

Men: The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
     and his ears toward their cry.

Women: The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
     to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Men: When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
     and delivers them out of all their troubles.

Women: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
     and saves the crushed in spirit.

Pastor: Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
     but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones;
     not one of them is broken.

Men: Affliction will slay the wicked,
     and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

Women: The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
     none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” 186

Glory be to the Father and to the Son 
and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 
world without end. Amen.

KYRIE “Lord, Have Mercy” 186

Lord, have mercy upon us; 
Christ, have mercy upon us; 
Lord, have mercy upon us. Mark 10:47

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS “Glory to God in the Highest” 187

Glory be to God on high;
And on earth, peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,
We glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory.
O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
that takest away the sin of the world, 
have mercy upon us. 
Thou that takest away the sin of the world, 
receive our prayer. John 1:29
Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, 
have mercy upon us. 
For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord. 
Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost 
art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
And with thy spirit.

Let us pray: Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to you’re your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow His steps in the way that leads to life eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


OLD TESTAMENT Proverbs 9:1-10

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars.
She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
She has sent out her young women to call
from the highest places in the town,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
To him who lacks sense she says,
“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed.
Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.”
Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE Ephesians 5:6-21

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL John 6:51-69

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the sixth chapter.
Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.

When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


I believe in one God, The Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things, visible and invisible; 

And in Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, our Lord, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; 

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And on the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, Whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

HYMN “Dearest Jesus, at Your Word” 904

Dearest Jesus, at Your Word 
We are gathered all to hear You.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred 
Now to seek and love and fear You,
By Your teachings, sweet and holy, 
Drawn from earth to love You solely.

All our knowledge, sense, and sight 
Lie in deepest darkness shrouded 
Till Your Spirit breaks our night 
With the beams of truth unclouded. 
You alone to God can win us; 
You must work all good within us. 

Gracious Savior, good and kind, 
Light of light, from God proceeding,
Open now our heart and mind; 
Help us by Your Spirit’s pleading.
Hear the cry Your Church now raises; 
Hear and bless our prayers and praises.

Δ Father, Son, and Spirit, Lord,
Praise to You and adoration!
Grant that we may trust Your Word,
Confident of our salvation,
While we here below must wander,
Till we sing Your praises yonder.



Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
And renew a right spirit in me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence, 
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, 
And uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen. Psalm 51:10-12




The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
And with thy spirit.

Lift up your hearts. Colossians 3:1
We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God. Psalm 136
It is meet and right so to do.


It is truly meet, right, and salutary … evermore praising You and saying:

SANCTUS “Holy, Holy, Holy” 195 

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth; 
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. 
Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest. 
Blessed is He, blessed is He,
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna, hosanna,
Hosanna in the highest. Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

LORD’S PRAYER 196 Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD Matt 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-25

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

PAX DOMINI “The Peace of the Lord” 197

The peace of the Lord be with you always. John 20:19

AGNUS DEI “Lamb of God” 198

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, 
that takest away the sin of the world; 
have mercy on us. 
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, 
that takest away the sin of the world; 
have mercy on us. 
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, 
that takest away the sin of the world; 
grant us Thy peace. John 1:29 

Distribution of the Sacrament will be by family groups, at the direction of the usher. Children may come forward for a contactless blessing. Gluten-free and alcohol-free portions are available near the center aisle.    

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Jesus Christ, Our Blessed Savior” 627: 1,2,4,6,10

Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior,
Turned away God’s wrath forever;
By His bitter grief and woe
He saved us from the evil foe.

As His pledge of love undying,
He, this precious food supplying,
Gives His body with the bread,
And with the wine the blood He shed.

Praise the Father, who from heaven
To His own this food has given,
Who, to mend what we have done,
Gave into death His only Son.

Agony and bitter labor
Were the cost of God’s high favor;
Do not come if you suppose 
You need not Him who died and rose.

Let this food your faith so nourish
That its fruit of love may flourish
And your neighbor learn from you
How much God’s wondrous love can do.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Jesus! And Shall It Ever Be” TLH 346

Jesus! And shall it ever be, 
A mortal man ashamed of Thee?
Ashamed of Thee, whom angels praise, 
Whose glories shine through endless days?

Ashamed of Jesus? Sooner far 
Let evening blush to own a star.
He sheds the beams of light divine
Over this benighted soul of mine.

Ashamed of Jesus? Just as soon 
Let midnight be ashamed of noon.
‘Tis midnight with my soul till He,
Bright Morning Star, bids darkness flee.

Ashamed of Jesus? That dear friend
On whom my hopes of heaven depend?
No, when I blush, be this my shame,
That I no more revere His name.

Ashamed of Jesus? Yes, I may
Had I no guilt to wash away,
No tear to wipe, no good to crave,
No fear to quell, no soul to save!

Till then—nor is my boasting vain—
Till then I boast a Savior slain;
And oh, may this my glory be,
That Christ is not ashamed of me!

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Praise and Thanksgiving” 789

Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer
For all things living, created good:
Harvest of sown fields, Fruits of the orchard,
Hay from the mown fields, Blossom and wood.

Bless, Lord, the labor we bring to serve You
That with our neighbor We may be fed.
Sowing or tilling, We would work with You,
Harvesting, milling For daily bread.

Father, providing Food for Your children,
By Your wise guiding Teach us to share
One with another, So that, rejoicing
With us, all others May know Your care.

NUNC DIMITTIS “Song of Simeon” 199 Luke 2:29-32

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, 
according to Thy word; 
for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, 
which Thou hast prepared before 
the face of all people, 
a light to lighten the Gentiles 
and the glory of Thy people Israel.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son 
and to the Holy Ghost; 
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, 
world without end. Amen. 


O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
And His mercy endureth forever. Psalm 107:1

Let us pray. O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
And with thy spirit.

Bless we the Lord. Psalm 103:1
Thanks be to God.


The Lord bless you and keep you. 
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. 
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
Amen. Amen. Amen.

HYMN “Son of God, Eternal Savior” 842: 4

Son of God, eternal Savior, 
Source of life and truth and grace,
Word made flesh, whose birth among us 
Hallows all our human race:
By Your praying, by Your willing 
That Your people should be one,
Grant, O grant our hope’s fruition: 
Here on earth Your will be done.



Heavenly Father, We pray to see the future as You see it, so we may live the present as You will it. We pray we may be grounded in Christ as a Lutheran congregation, and guided by Your grace as we walk in forgiveness. We pray we are growing continually in faith as servants in Christ’s Kingdom proclaiming the Gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. From Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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