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The Christ and Prophet of God | October 4, 2020

The Christ and Prophet of God | October 4, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 18

Rev. Gregory Mech | October 4, 2020 | Authority of Jesus: The Christ and Prophet of God | Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am

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Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?

Jesus’ words from Matthew 21, the Holy Gospel Reading appointed for today, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. We pray that God will build your faith strong in The Christ and Prophet of God, Jesus! Today is the first in a sermon series with Pastor Mech, entitled “The Authority of Jesus.” Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.


The Christ and Prophet of God

October 4, 2020

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost — Divine Service, Setting One

HYMN 930 “All You Works of God” vs. 1,6

All you works of God, bless the Lord! All You angels, now bless the Lord; Come, you heavens and powers that be, Praise the Lord and His majesty! 

Raise your voices high, praise and magnify, All you works of God, bless the Lord! Raise your voices high, praise and magnify, All you works of God, bless the Lord!

Bless the Lord, all you pure of heart; All you humble, His praise impart; God the Father and Son adore, Bless the Spirit forevermore!

Raise your voices high, praise and magnify, All you works of God, bless the Lord! Raise your voices high, praise and magnify, All you works of God, bless the Lord!

INVOCATION, CONFESSION and ABSOLUTION

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

Amen.

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.

Amen.

INTROIT

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;

    For His steadfast love endures forever!

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

   This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

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.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;

   For His steadfast love endures forever!

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.

Amen.

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

  Refrain

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.

  Refrain

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.  

Refrain

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.”

  Refrain

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

For the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. Alleluia.

  Refrain

   This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

SALUTATION and COLLECT OF THE DAY

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray: Gracious God, You gave Your Son into the hands of sinful men who killed Him. Forgive us when we reject Your unfailing love, and grant us the fulness of Your salvation; 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 Isaiah 5:1-7

Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

    And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

    And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.

    For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

GRADUAL Psalm 80:14, 15, 19

Turn again, O God of hosts! 

Look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine, the stock that your right hand planted,
    and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

EPISTLE Philippians 3:4b-14

If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIA and VERSE  

Alleluia! The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Alleluia! 

HOLY GOSPEL Matthew 21:33-46

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

Glory to You, O Lord.

“Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN 524 “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” vs. 1-4

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds In a believer’s ear! It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds, And drives away our fears.

It makes the wounded spirit whole And calms the heart’s distress; ‘Tis manna to the hungry soul, And to the weary, rest.

Dear name! The rock on which I build, My shield and hiding place; My never-failing treasury filled With boundless stores of grace.

O Jesus, shepherd, guardian, friend, My Prophet, Priest, and King, My Lord, my life, my way, my end, Accept the praise I bring.

SERMON “The Christ and Prophet of God” 

NICENE CREED

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

LORD’S PRAYER

BENEDICTION

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.

+ THE SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT +

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.

HYMN 804 “O Worship the King”

O worship the King, all glorious above. O gratefully sing His power and His love; Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days, Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

O tell of His might, O sing of His grace, Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space; His chariots of wrath the deep thunder clouds form, And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

This earth, with its store of wonders untold, Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old, Established it fast by a changeless decree, And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light, It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust and feeble as frail, In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail. Thy mercies, how tender, how firm to the end, Our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend!

O measureless Might, ineffable Love, While angels delight to hymn Thee above, Thy humbler creation, though feeble their lays, With true adoration shall sing to Thy praise.

HYMN 637 “Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord”

Draw near and take the body of the Lord, And drink His holy blood for you outpoured; Offered was He for greatest and for least, Himself the victim and Himself the priest.

He who His saints in this world rules and shields, To all believers life eternal yields; With heavenly bread He makes the hungry whole; Gives living waters to the thirsting soul.

Come forward then with faithful hearts sincere, And take the pledges of salvation here. O Lord, our hearts with grateful thanks endow As in this feast of love You bless us now.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving after Receiving the Sacrament

Almighty and everlasting God, I thank and praise You for feeding me the life-giving body and blood of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Send Your Holy Spirit that, having with my mouth received the holy Sacrament, I may by faith obtain and eternally enjoy Your divine grace, the forgiveness of sins, unity with Christ, and life eternal; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

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