Pentecost 20 – October 10, 2021

Pentecost 20 – October 10, 2021

Service for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev. Jerry Hemmingson, guest pastor | October 10, 2021 | Pentecost 20 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am

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Special thanks to all who helped to make this broadcast possible today:
Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter, Altar Guild, Board of Elders, Rev. Jerry Hemmingson, and all of our volunteers

You Lack One Thing bulletin cover for Pentecost 20. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Mark 10

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 

October 10, 2021 — Divine Service, Setting Four

HYMN OF INVOCATION “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer” 918

Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.|
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan, 
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.


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.

ENTRANCE HYMN “Come, Follow Me” 688: 1,2,5

“Come, follow Me,” the Savior spake,
“All in My way abiding;
Deny yourselves, the world forsake,

Obey My call and guiding.
O bear the cross, whate’er betide,
Take My example for your guide.

“I am the Light, I light the way,
A godly life displaying;
I bid you walk as in the day;

I keep your feet from straying.
I am the way, and well I show
How you must sojourn here below.

Then let us follow Christ, our Lord,
And take the cross appointed
And, firmly clinging to His Word,

In suff’ring be undaunted.
For those who bear the battle’s strain
The crown of heav’nly life obtain.

KYRIE “Lord, Have Mercy” 204

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS “Glory to God in the Highest” 204

To God on high be glory 
And peace to all the earth;
Good will from God in heaven 
Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!
We praise and bless You, Father; 
Your holy name we sing—
Our thanks for Your great glory, 
Lord God, our heavenly King.

To You, O sole-begotten, 
The Father’s Son, we pray:
O Lamb of God, our Savior, 
You take our sins away.
Have mercy on us, Jesus; 
Receive our heart-felt cry,
Where You in power are seated 
At God’s right hand on high—

For You alone are holy; 
You only are the Lord,
Forever and forever, 
Be worshiped and adored;
You with the Holy Spirit 
Alone are Lord most high,
In God the Father’s glory. 
“Amen!” our glad reply.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, whose grace always precedes and follows us, help us to forsake all trust in earthly gain and to find in You our heavenly treasure; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

KIDS TALK “Good Enough?”

Jason Glaskey, DCE with Richard Zimmerman

OLD TESTAMENT Amos 5:6–7, 10–15

Seek the Lord and live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel, O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth! They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth.

Therefore, because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.

For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.

Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

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


He will command his angels con- | cerning you*
to guard you in | all your ways.

Bless the Lord, | O my soul,*
and all that is within me, bless his | holy name!

EPISTLE Hebrews 3:12–19

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, 

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

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 10:17-22

The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark, the 10th chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

As [Jesus] was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

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


I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN “All for Christ I Have Forsaken”

Text: Hymn 753 (altered) Tune: “Jefferson” – Hymn 338

All for Christ I have forsaken 
And have taken up my cross;
Worldly joy, its fame and fortune, 
Now I count as worthless dross.
Who is sweeter than Christ Jesus?
No good thing in Him I lack!
Hand to plow, at peace I follow
Where He leads me. Why look back?

Gone the past, unknown the future—
Grace supplies my daily breath;
Strong in Christ through death’s dark valley, 
Firm and faithful unto death.
Who is sweeter than Christ Jesus?
No good thing in Him I lack!
Hand to plow, at peace I follow
Where He leads me. Why look back?

When God takes me home to heaven,
Should this be the day I die,
God will keep my spouse and children
As the apple of His eye.
Who is sweeter than Christ Jesus?
No good thing in Him I lack!
Hand to plow, at peace I follow
Where He leads me. Why look back?

Though the road ahead be thorny,
Though dark clouds all light obscure,
Though my cross-shaped path grows steeper,
With the Lord, I am secure.
Who is sweeter than Christ Jesus?
No good thing in Him I lack!
Hand to plow, at peace I follow
Where He leads me. Why look back?


Rev. Jerry Hemmingson




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.

CLOSING HYMN “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” 743

Jesus, priceless treasure,
Fount of purest pleasure,
Truest friend to me,
Ah, how long in anguish
Shall my spirit languish,

Yearning, Lord, for Thee?
Thou art mine, O Lamb divine!
I will suffer naught to hide Thee;
Naught I ask beside Thee.

In Thine arms I rest me;
Foes who would molest me
Cannot reach me here.
Though the earth be shaking,
Ev’ry heart be quaking,

Jesus calms my fear.
Lightnings flash And thunders crash;
Yet, though sin and hell assail me,
Jesus will not fail me.

Satan, I defy thee;
Death, I now decry thee;
Fear, I bid thee cease.
World, thou shalt not harm me
Nor thy threats alarm me

While I sing of peace.
God’s great pow’r Guards ev’ry hour;
Earth and all its depths adore Him,
Silent bow before Him.

Hence, all earthly treasure!
Jesus is my pleasure,
Jesus is my choice.
Hence, all empty glory!
Naught to me thy story

Told with tempting voice.
Pain or loss, Or shame or cross,
Shall not from my Savior move me
Since He deigns to love me.

Evil world, I leave thee;
Thou canst not deceive me,
Thine appeal is vain.
Sin that once did blind me,
Get thee far behind me,

Come not forth again.
Past thy hour, O pride and pow’r;
Sinful life, thy bonds I sever,
Leave thee now forever.

Hence, all fear and sadness!
For the Lord of gladness,
Jesus, enters in.
Those who love the Father,
Though the storms may gather,

Still have peace within.
Yea, whate’er I here must bear,
Thou art still my purest pleasure,
Jesus, priceless treasure!



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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