But the one who had received the one talent
went off and dug a hole in the ground
and hid his master’s money. 

~ Matthew 25:18

Photo by Tim Foster

Today at Immanuel...

Adult Sunday School Meets Today at 9:30

Join in the conversation about the prophets and their powerful witness for us! Join in the discussion on Zoom every Sunday morning!
Meeting ID: 826 1847 1655
Passcode: 897427

Fellowship Hour
Today on Zoom
Today at 11, log into Zoom for a time of fellowship with friends from Immanuel. Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, sit back, and enjoy the conversation!

Meeting ID: 831 9129 6491
Passcode: Fellowship

Service of
Word, Song, and Prayer

November 15, 2020

~ Gathering ~

Prelude - Praeludium in C minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ


In every generation, the people of God have been
blessed to find their home and resting place in God!
We gather to worship and praise the God of all people.

All creation since time began, have been blessed
to find that the place of their birth is their Creator’s hands.
We gather to worship the God of all creation.

We gather to worship and praise our God, and to
ask God to fill us with the joy of your unfailing love.
May the favor and blessing of God be upon us this day. Amen.

Greeting and Prayer of the Day

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

~ Word ~

Psalm 90:1-8, 12

1Lord, you have been our refuge
from one generation to another.
2Before the mountains were brought forth,
or the land and the earth were born,
from age to age you are God.
3You turn us back to the dust and say,
“Turn back, O children of earth.”
4For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past
and like a watch in the night; 
5you sweep them away like a dream,
they fade away suddenly like the grass:
6in the morning it is green and flourishes;
in the evening it is dried up and withered.
7For we are consumed by your anger;
we are afraid because of your wrath.
8Our iniquities you have set before you,
and our secret sins in the light of your countenance. 
12So teach us to number our days
that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. 

Second Lesson 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. 2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3When they say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! 4But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; 5for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; 7for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Word of God. Word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Matthew 25:14-30

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


Confession and Forgiveness

God's love for us never ends. Let us therefore come before God in confession, trusting in God's grace-filled gift of forgiveness.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy God,
We have failed to love you with all our heart
and to be good stewards of your creation:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 

We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship
and to be good stewards of your gospel:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. 

We have failed to be faithful members of your church
and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us to follow you, to care for your creation, and to serve your people, in the name of Christ. Amen.

Beloved, we are God’s children,
and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us.
Through ☩ Jesus you are forgiven,
by Jesus you are welcome,
in Jesus you are called to rejoice!
Let us live in the promises prepared for us
from the foundation of the world.

You may use this time to make a gift online, or write a check to be mailed in,
to sustain the ministries of the Church.

1     We praise you, O God, our redeemer, creator;
       in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
       We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
       we bless your holy name; glad praises we sing.

2     With voices united our praises we offer
       and gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
       With you, Lord, beside us,
      your strong arm will guide us.
       To you, our great redeemer, forever be praise!

Text: Julia C. Cory, 1882-1963

Offering Prayer

God, whose giving knows no ending,
we offer up the treasure that you have entrusted to us;
we offer up the skills and time that you have graciously given to us;
we offer up ourselves in service and praise.
Receive these gifts by your grace.
Multiply and use them through the power of the Holy Spirit
to accomplish Christ’s work of love in the world. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession and Lord's Prayer

Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.

Each petition concludes:
Hear us, O God,
your mercy is great.

The prayers conclude:
Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, who taught us to pray:

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.

~ Sending ~


May the God of all creation,
in whose image we are made,
who claims us and calls us beloved,
who strengthens us for service,
give you reason to rejoice and be glad!

The blessing of God,
Sovereign, ☩ Savior, and Spirit,
be with you today and always.


Go to celebrate the God who is our home forever.
God’s love goes with us!
Go to follow Christ’s example in loving God, self, and neighbor.
God’s love goes with us!
Go with the Holy Spirit to change the world with love.
God’s love goes with us!

Postlude -  Rondo on "Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing" (Sicilian Mariners)
- arr. Joshua Ehlebracht
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ


Worship Leaders

Pastor: Rev. Joanne Groman-Stewart
Director of Music Ministry: Josh Ehlebracht
Coming Up at Immanuel...
Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
Returns Wednesday, December 2nd at 7 to 8 pm

Our podcast study will take a few weeks off and begin again, Wednesday, December 2. Pastors Joanne and Doug Stewart will lead a conversation on the podcast series, Who We Are, a 6-episode series on race in America.

We will be discussing Episode 3 of the podcast which you may access by clicking below, then log into Zoom for conversation with folks from both Immanuel and Incarnate Word Lutheran Churches. The Zoom log-in information is:

Meeting ID: 898 4721 8429
Passcode: 937074

Thank You to All Who Helped
with Immanuel's Food Drive!

Thanksgiving Worship
Wednesday, November 27

Tune in for an online celebration of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 27. The service will be emailed and available on Immanuel’s website and on Facebook. We will join with the folks of Incarnate Word as Pastors Doug and Joanne, and directors of music Josh Ehlebracht and Thatcher Lyman lead us in a festive worship service. God’s abundance overflows! Let us come together and give thanks for all of God’s blessings!
Bible Study Wednesday at 9!

This week we will be looking at the readings for next Sunday, Christ the King Sunday, November 22. The log-in info is:

Meeting ID: 868 9194 0468
Password: Bibles


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