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Second Sunday after Epiphany | January 17, 2021

Second Sunday after Epiphany | January 17, 2021

Worship Service for The Second Sunday after Epiphany

Rev. Gregory Mech | January 17, 2021 | Epiphany 2 | Divine Service with Holy Communion | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 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,
the COVID Committee and Board of Elders.


01.17.21 Epiphany 2 bulletin cover. You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel! Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

“We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

A portion of the Holy Gospel from John 1, one of the readings assigned for The Second Sunday after Epiphany. May God richly bless you as you hear His Word, as you are called to follow Him! Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


The Second Sunday after Epiphany

January 17, 2021 — Divine Service with Holy Communion

HYMN “The Church’s One Foundation” 644: 1,4,5

The Church’s one foundation 
Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is His new creation 
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her 
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her, 
And for her life He died.

Through toil and tribulation 
And tumult of her war
She waits the consummation 
Of peace forevermore
Till with the vision glorious 
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious 
Will be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth has union 
With God, the Three-in-One,
And mystic sweet communion 
With those whose rest is won.
O blessèd heavenly chorus! 
Lord, save us by Your grace
That we, like saints before us, 
May see You face to face.

INVOCATION, CONFESSION and ABSOLUTION

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 iniquities 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. 
Amen.

INTROIT

I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.
Blessèd is the man who makes the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds 
and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! 
I will proclaim and tell of them, 
yet they are more than can be told.

GLORIA, KYRIE and GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

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.

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

♫ Glory be to God on high:
And on earth peace, good will toward men.
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 on us. 
Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.
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. 

COLLECT OF THE DAY

The Lord be with you.
And with Thy spirit.

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

KIDS TALK

OLD TESTAMENT 1 Samuel 3:1–10

Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.

Then the Lord called Samuel, and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.

And the Lord called again, “Samuel!” and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the young man. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

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

Psalm 139:1–6 

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; 
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

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

Psalm 139:7–10 

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

HOLY GOSPEL John 1:43-51

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the first chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

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

NICENE CREED

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, 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 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 Listen, God Is Calling” 833

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

Jesus gave His mandate:
Share the Good News
That He came to save us,
And set us free.

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

Let none be forgotten
Throughout the world.
In the Triune name of God
Go and baptize.

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

Help us to be faithful,
Standing steadfast,
Walking in Your precepts,
Led by Your Word.

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

Listen!
Listen, God is calling, Through the Word inviting,
Offering forgiveness, Comfort, and joy.

SERMON

OFFERTORY Psalm 51:10-12

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.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

LORD’S PRAYER

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.

SALUTATION, BENEDICAMUS and BENEDICTION

The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.

Bless we the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The Lord bless you and keep you. 
The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. 
The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

Those not partaking of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Table are dismissed with this blessing. Thank you for joining us before God’s altar in fellowship today.

SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD

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.”

Distribution of the Sacrament will be by family groups, at the direction of the usher. Children may come forward for a contactless blessing. Once you have received the body and the blood of our Lord Christ, depart in peace.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “May We Thy Precepts, Lord, Fulfill” 698

May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfill 
And do on earth the Father’s will 
As angels do above.
Still walk in Christ, the living way, 
With all Thy children and obey 
The law of Christian love.

So may we join Thy name to bless,
Thy grace adore, Thy power confess, 
From sin and death to flee.
One is our calling, one our name,
The end of all our hopes the same,
A crown of life with Thee.

Spirit of life, of love and peace,
Unite our hearts, our joy increase,
Thy gracious help supply.
To each of us the blessing give
In Christian fellowship to live,
In joyful hope to die.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Take My Life and Let It Be” 783

Take my life and let it be 
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days, 
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands and let them move 
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be 
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing 
Always, only for my King;
Take my lips and let them be 
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold, 
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect and use
Every power as Thou shalt prove.

Take my will and make it Thine, 
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour 
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound” 744

Amazing grace—how sweet the sound—
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found, 
Was blind, but now I see.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
His grace has brought me safe thus far, 
His grace will see me home.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail
And mortal life shall cease,
Amazing grace shall then prevail
In heaven’s joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we’d first begun.

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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