Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost | September 27, 2020

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost | September 27, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 17

Rev. Gregory Mech | September 27, 2020 | Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am

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“The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?”

Jesus’ words from Matthew 21, the Holy Gospel Reading appointed for today, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. We pray that God will challenge you to recognize the authority of Jesus and to consider the life-giving Truth found in God’s Word. Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 27, 2020 — Divine Service, Setting One

HYMN 912 “Christ Is Our Cornerstone” vs. 1,2 

Christ is our cornerstone, On Him alone we build; With His true saints alone The courts of heaven are filled. On His great love Our hopes we place Of present grace And joys above.

Here may we gain from heaven The grace which we implore, And may that grace, once given, Be with us evermore Until that day When all the blest To endless rest Are called away.


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

Amen. Matthew 28:19

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.

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. John 20:19-23


INTROIT Psalm 25:3-8

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,

    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

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.

KYRIE p. 152

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. 

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. 

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. 

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.


HYMN OF PRAISE “This Is the Feast” p. 155


This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, 

whose blood sets us free to be people of God.


This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, 

and honor and blessing and glory are His.  


This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Sing with all the people of God 

and join in the hymn of all creation: 

“Blessing, honor, glory, and might 

be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.”


This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain 

has begun His reign. Alleluia.


This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray: Almighty God, You exalted Your Son to the place of all honor and authority. Enlighten our minds by Your Holy Spirit that, confessing Jesus as Lord, we may be led into all truth; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



OLD TESTAMENT Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? As I live, declares the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL Psalm 25:1-2a

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust; 

let me not be put to shame;

EPISTLE Philippians 2:1-4, 14-18

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

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 Matthew 21:23-27

The Holy Gospel according to St Matthew, the twenty-first chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

When [Jesus] entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN 512 “At the Name of Jesus” vs. 1,2,3,7

At the name of Jesus Every knee shall bow, Every tongue confess Him King of glory now. ‘Tis the Father’s pleasure We should call Him Lord, Who from the beginning Was the mighty Word.

At His voice creation Sprang at once to sight, All the angel faces, All the hosts of light, Thrones and bright dominions, Stars upon their way, All the heavenly orders In their bright array.

Humbled for a season To receive a name From the lips of sinners Unto whom He came, Faithfully He bore it, Spotless to the last, Brought it back victorious When from death He passed.

Glory then to Jesus, Who, the Prince of light, To a world in darkness Brought the gift of sight; Praise to God the Father; In the Spirit’s love Praise we all together Him who reigns above.






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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