Pentecost 15 – September 5, 2021

Pentecost 15 – September 5, 2021

Service for The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | September 5, 2021 | Pentecost 15 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am

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Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter, Altar Guild, Board of Elders, and all of our volunteers

pentecost 15 bulletin cover. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

And looking up to heaven, he [Jesus] sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

A portion of the Gospel Reading appointed for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, from Mark 7. We welcome you to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin. May Jesus open your heart to hear and be fed by His Word today!

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

September 5, 2021 — Divine Service, Setting One


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 1:1-2; Philippians 1:6

Psalm 146; antiphon – verse 2

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Put not your trust in princes,
in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

HYMN “The Lord, My God, Be Praised” 794: 1,2,3

The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My light, my life from heaven;
My Maker, who to me 
Has soul and body given;
My Father, who will shield 
And keep me day by day
And make each moment yield 
New blessings on my way.

The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My trust, my life from heaven;
The Father’s own dear Son, 
Whose life for me was given;
Who for my sin atoned 
With His most precious blood
And gives to me by faith 
The highest heavenly good.

The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My hope, my life from heaven;
The Spirit, whom the Son 
In love to me has given.
His grace revives my heart 
And gives my spirit power,
Help, comfort and support 
In sorrow’s gloomy hour.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray. O Lord, let Your merciful ears be open to the prayers of Your humble servants and grant that what they ask may be in accord with Your gracious will; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 35:4-7a

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water.

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

EPISTLE James 2:1-10, 14-18

My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

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


Alleluia! Lord, to whom shall we go? 
You have the words of eternal life. 
Alleluia, alleluia!

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 7:31-37

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the seventh chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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

HYMN “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” 849

Praise the One who breaks the darkness
With a liberating light;
Praise the One who frees the prisoners,
Turning blindness into sight.
Praise the One who preached the Gospel,
Healing every dread disease,
Calming storms, and feeding thousands
With the very Bread of peace.

Praise the One who blessed the children
With a strong, yet gentle, word;
Praise the One who drove out demons
With the piercing, two-edged sword.
Praise the One who brings cool water
To the desert’s burning sand;
From this well comes living water,
Quenching thirst in every land.

Let us praise the Word Incarnate,
Christ, who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose victorious
That we might know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
Seeing what our God has done;
Let us praise the true Redeemer,
Praise the One who makes us one.



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.


OFFERING and OFFERTORY Psalm 116: 12-13, 17-19

What shall I render to the Lord 
for all His benefits to me? 
I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving 
and will call on the name of the Lord.
I will take the cup of salvation 
and will call on the name of the Lord. 
I will pay my vows to the Lord now 
in the presence of all His people, 
in the courts of the Lord’s house, 
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.



The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


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

SANCTUS “Holy, Holy, Holy” 161

Holy, holy, holy Lord 
God of power and might: 
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory. 
Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You have created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us by Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament.

Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us.To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



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” 163

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

AGNUS DEI “Lamb of God” 163

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; 
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; 
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; 
grant us peace.

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 Sinners Doth Receive” 609: 1,5,6

Jesus sinners doth receive; 
Oh, may all this saying ponder
Who in sin’s delusions live 
And from God and heaven wander!
Here is hope for all who grieve: 
Jesus sinners doth receive.

Oh, how blest it is to know: 
Were as scarlet my transgression,
It shall be as white as snow 
By Thy blood and bitter passion;
For these words I now believe: 
Jesus sinners doth receive.

Now my conscience is at peace; 
From the Law I stand acquitted.
Christ hath purchased my release 
And my every sin remitted.
Naught remains my soul to grieve: 
Jesus sinners doth receive.


Just as I am, without one plea 
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou biddest me come to Thee, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not 
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yea, all I need, in Thee to find, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, 
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;,
Because Thy promise I believe, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown 
Has broken every barrier down;
Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone, 
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Baptized into Your Name Most Holy” 590: 1,3,4

Baptized into Your name most holy, 
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
I claim a place, though weak and lowly, 
Among Your saints, Your chosen host.
Buried with Christ and dead to sin, 
Your Spirit now shall live within.

My faithful God, You fail me never; 
Your promise surely will endure.
O cast me not away forever 
If words and deeds become impure.
Have mercy when I come defiled; 
Forgive, lift up, restore Your child.

All that I am and love most dearly—
Receive it all, O Lord, from me.
Let me confess my faith sincerely; 
Help me Your faithful child to be!
Let nothing that I am or own 
Serve any will but Yours alone.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” 643

Sent forth by God’s blessing, 
Our true faith confessing,
The people of God from His dwelling take leave.
The Supper is ended. 
O now be extended
The fruits of this service in all who believe.
The seed of His teaching, 
Receptive souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.
His grace did invite us, 
His love shall unite us
To work for God’s kingdom and answer His call.

With praise and thanksgiving 
To God ever-living,
The tasks of our everyday life we will face.
Our faith ever sharing,
In love ever caring,
Embracing His children of each tribe and race.
With Your feast You feed us, 
With Your light now lead us;
Unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living 
With praise and thanksgiving
Give honor to Christ and His name that we share.


Thank the Lord and sing His praise;
Tell everyone what He has done.
Let all who seek the Lord rejoice 
and proudly bear His name.
He recalls His promises 
and leads His people forth in joy
With shouts of thanksgiving. 
Alleluia, alleluia.


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 bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

HYMN “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” 809: 1,3

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not; Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning, new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning, new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!



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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