Pentecost 18 – September 26, 2021

Pentecost 18 – September 26, 2021

Service for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | September 26, 2021 | Pentecost 18 | 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 18. For You to Enter Life. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. John 20:31

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

September 26, 2021 — Divine Service, Setting Four

HYMN “The Lord, My God, Be Praised” 794

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.

Δ The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My God, the ever-living,
To whom the heavenly host 
Their laud and praise are giving.
The Lord, my God, be praised 
In whose great name I boast,
God Father, God the Son 
and God the Holy Ghost.


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


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

If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared. Psalm 130:3-4

Since we have come to hear God’s Word and call upon Him in prayer and praise, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.

Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

PSALM Psalm 104:24, 27-33

O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom have You made them all;
The earth is full of Your creatures.
These all look to You to give them their food in due season.
When You give it to them, they gather it up.
When You open Your hand, they are filled with good things.
When You hide Your face, they are dismayed.
When You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
When You send forth Your Spirit, they are created,
And You renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever; 
May the LORD rejoice in His works, 
Who looks on the earth and it trembles, 
Who touches the mountains and they smoke!
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; 
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

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.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray. Everlasting Father, source of every blessing, mercifully direct and govern us by Your Holy Spirit that we may complete the works You have prepared for us to do; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

HYMN “Renew Me, O Eternal Light” 707: 1,3,4

Renew me, O eternal Light, 
And let my heart and soul be bright,
Illumined by the light of grace 
That issues from Your holy face.

Create in me a new heart, Lord, 
That gladly I obey Your Word. 
Let what You will be my desire, 
And with new life my soul inspire.

Grant that I only You may love 
And seek those things which are above
Till I behold You face to face, 
O Light eternal, through Your grace.

KIDS TALK “Pass the Salt”

Jason Glaskey, DCE

OLD TESTAMENT Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

Now the rabble that was among [the children of Israel] had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at…”

Moses heard the people weeping throughout their clans, everyone at the door of his tent. And the anger of the Lord blazed hotly, and Moses was displeased. Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers? Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they weep before me and say, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ I am not able to carry all this people alone; the burden is too heavy for me. If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you…

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.

Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”

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

EPISTLE James 5:13-20

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

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

ALLELUIA and VERSE 205 (stand)

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. 
These things are written that you may believe 
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. John 20:31
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL Mark 9:38-50

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the 9th chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

John said to [Jesus], “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

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

HYMN “Blest the Children of Our God” TLH 391

Text – Joseph Humphreys (1720-?); Tune – Voller Wunder – Johann Ebeling (1637-76)

Blest the children of our God,
They are bought with Christ’s own blood;
They are ransomed from the grave,
Life eternal they shall have:
With them numbered may we be
Here and in eternity!

They are justified by grace,
They enjoy the Savior’s peace;
All their sins are washed away,
They will stand in God’s great day:
With them numbered may we be
Here and in eternity!

They are lights upon the earth,
Children of a heavenly birth;
One with God, with Jesus, one,
Glory is in them begun:
With them numbered may we be
Here and in eternity!


Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor



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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.


Let us bless then Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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 “Brothers and Sisters in Christ” AGPS 78

Sing Alleluia! Amen! 
Let your prayers and your praises ascend.
Lift up your voices and sing 
to our Lord God, our Savior and King!
Here brought together by grace, 
we are gathered as one in this place.
And assembled as one, 
in the name of the Son,
Lifting hearts, lifting hands, 
Celebrating as friends,
And proclaiming the Lord,
All our praises afford.
We are brothers and sisters in Christ.

Man walked alone and in need, 
Without faith, hope, or promise or creed;
Wandering aimlessly lost 
unaware of the staggering cost;
That God in His mercy would save 
All His children from death and the grave.
And assembled as one, 
in the name of the Son,
Lifting hearts, lifting hands, 
Celebrating as friends,
And proclaiming the Lord,
All our praises afford.
We are brothers and sisters in Christ.

Lord, teach us how to proclaim
All Your goodness, Your love, and Your name!
Lord, teach us how to forgive, 
and in love, teach us, Lord, how to live.
Raising our voices in song,
Help us tell all the world we belong.
And assembled as one, 
in the name of the Son,
Lifting hearts, lifting hands, 
Celebrating as friends,
And proclaiming the Lord,
All our praises afford.
We are brothers and sisters in Christ.



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.

From Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. 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.

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