Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost | Confirmation Day | August 23, 2020

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost | Confirmation Day | August 23, 2020

Worship Service for Pentecost 12

Rev. Gregory Mech | August 23, 2020 | Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost — CONFIRMATION DAY | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am


Sermon Series with Pastor Mech, based on the Fruits of the Spirit from Galatians, chapter 5.

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Congratulations to our 8th Grade Confirmation Class of 2020! May Jesus continue to lead you as He faithfully keeps His promises to bring you forgiveness and life: Rebecca Duerr, Hannah Glaskey, Megan Meeker, Trace Turner, Catherine Tyurikov.

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.

Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus’ words and the disciple Peter’s response from Matthew 16, the Holy Gospel Reading appointed for today, the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost and Confirmation Day for our 8th Grade Class. We pray that you will know Jesus’ faithfulness for you and be able to respond in faith as you hear God’s Word today. Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Summer Fruit: “FAITHFULNESS” – The Rite of Confirmation

August 23, 2020 — Divine Service, Setting One

Invocation, Confession and Absolution

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


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.


INTROIT Containing the Confirmation Verses and the Appointed Psalm

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.Joshua 1:5

It is God who works in you to will and to act, in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 

“children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” 

Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.Philippians 2:13-15 (NIV)

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, 

for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Joshua 1:9

I bow down toward your holy temple
 and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
    for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,
    for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for great is the glory of the Lord.
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,
    but the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
    and your right hand delivers me.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Psalm 138:2-8
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, 

         nor things present nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39

HYMN 576 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

   No merit of my own I claim But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand.  

When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

   In every high and story gale My anchor holds within the veil.


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand. 

All other ground is sinking sand.  

His oath, His covenant and blood Support me in the raging flood;

   When every earthly prop gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand.  

When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found,

  Clothed in His righteousness alone, redeemed to stand before His throne!


On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

All other ground is sinking sand.  

Salutation and Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray. Almighty God, whom to know is eternal life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may boldly confess Him to be the Christ and steadfastly walk in the way that leads to life eternal; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Kids Talk with help from Rebecca, Hanna, Meagan, Trace and Catie

OLD TESTAMENT — Isaiah 51: 1-6

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
    that I might bless him and multiply him.
For the Lord comforts Zion;
    he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden,
    her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the voice of song.

“Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation;
for a law will go out from me,
    and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out,
    and my arms will judge the peoples;
the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
    the earth will wear out like a garment,
    and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
    and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

EPISTLE — Romans 11:33-12:8

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Alleluia and Verse  

Alleluia! Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia, alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL — Matthew 16:13-20

The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the sixteenth chapter.

Glory to You, O Lord.

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN 662 vs. 2,3 “Onward, Christian Soldiers”

Like a mighty army Moves the Church of God; 

Brothers, we are treading Where the saints have trod.

We are not divided, All one body we, 

One in hope and doctrine, One in charity.

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus Going on before.

Crowns and thrones may perish, Kingdoms rise and wane,

But the Church of Jesus Constant will remain.

Gates of hell can never ‘Gainst that Church prevail;

We have Christ’s own promise, And that cannot fail.

Onward, Christian soldiers, Marching as to war,

With the cross of Jesus Going on before.


Prayers, Lord’s Prayer and Benediction

This concludes the 8:00 service. Those not participating in the Rite of Confirmation or partaking of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Table in the 10:30 service are likewise dismissed with this blessing. Thank you for joining us before God’s altar in fellowship today.

The Rite of Confirmation

  • Rebecca Katelyn Duerr — Romans 8:39
  • Hannah Josephine Glaskey — 1 Peter 4:8
  • Megan Breann Meeker — Philippians 2:15
  • Trace Alen Turner — Joshua 1:9
  • Catherine Nadia Anna Bell Tyurikov — Joshua 1:5

Service of the Sacrament 

Distribution of the Sacrament will be to the newly confirmed first, then 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 722 “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me” 

Lord, take my hand and lead me Upon life’s way;

Direct, protect, and feed me From day to day.

Without Your grace and favor I go astray;

So take my hand, O Savior, and lead the way.

Lord, when the tempest rages, I need not fear,

For You, the Rock of Ages, Are always near.

Close by Your side abiding, I fear no foe,

For when Your hand is guiding, In peace I go.

Lord, when the shadows lengthen And night has come,

I know that You will strengthen My steps toward home.

Then nothing shall impede me, O blessed Friend;

So take my hand and lead me Unto the end.

HYMN 750 vs. 1,3,4,7If Thou but Trust in God”

If thou but trust in God to guide thee

     And hope in Him through all thy ways,

He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,

     And bear thee through the evil days.

Who trusts in God’s unchanging love

     Builds on the rock that naught can move.

Be patient and await His leisure

     In cheerful hope, with heart content

To take whate’er the Father’s pleasure

     And His discerning love hath sent,

Nor doubt our inmost wants are known

     To Him who chose us for His own.

God knows full well when times of gladness

     Shall be the needful thing for thee.

When He has tried thy soul with sadness 

     And from all guile has found thee free,

He comes to thee all unaware

     And makes thee own His loving care.

Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,

     Perform thy duties faithfully,

And trust His Word, though undeserving,

     Thou yet shall find it true for thee.

God never yet forsook in need

     The soul that trusted Him indeed.

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.

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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