"Go therefore into the main streets,
and invite everyone you find
to the wedding banquet."

~ Matthew 22:9

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Today at Immanuel...

Adult Sunday School meets today at 9:30.

Who were the prophets? Come and find out! Join in the discussion on Zoom every Sunday morning!
Meeting ID: 826 1847 1655
Passcode: 897427
Join us for Fellowship Hour today at 11!

Grab coffee or tea and log into Zoom for
a fun get-together with folks from Immanuel.

Meeting ID: 831 9129 6491
Passcode: Fellowship

Immanuel-Kids Moment
Jesus teaches us that we are to care for people around us - our families, friends, and even people we don't know. One way to do that is to wear a face mask. Come hear a story about how we can keep each other safe, as we say thank you for the gift of face masks.

Service of Word, Song and Prayer

October 11, 2020

~ Gathering ~

Prelude - Melody - S. Coleridge-Taylor
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ

Confession and Forgiveness

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

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Silence for reflection

Gracious God,
have mercy on us. We confess that we have turned from you and given ourselves into the power of sin. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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.

Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

~ Word ~

First Reading Isaiah 25:1-9

1O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you, I will praise your name;
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2For you have made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the palace of aliens is a city no more,
it will never be rebuilt.
3Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
5the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
the song of the ruthless was stilled.
6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
3You restore my soul, O Lord,
and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake.
4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Second Reading Philippians 4:1-9

1My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
 2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
 4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


Gospel Matthew 22:1-14

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

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
 11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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


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to sustain the ministries of the Church.
Hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

1     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
       O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
       Let all who hear now to his temple draw near,
       joining in glad adoration!

2     Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things is wondrously reigning
       and, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
       Have you not seen all that is needful has been
       sent by his gracious ordaining?

Offering Prayer

Almighty God, who made us who we are, we offer all of ourselves to you.
Take our talents, our energy and our joy, and use us to share your love.
Take our mistakes, our regrets and our pain, and use us to bring your healing. Magnify the gifts we offer before you today, to spread your peace in the world. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession and Lord's Prayer

Each petition concludes:
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

The final petition concludes:
...through Jesus Christ our Lord who taught us to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever. Amen.

~ Sending ~



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
Thanks be to God!

Postlude -  No. 4 from "Skizzen fur pedalflugel" - Robert Schumann
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ


Worship Leaders

Pastor: Rev. Joanne Groman-Stewart
Director of Music Ministry: Josh Ehlebracht
Assisting Minister: Kathy Bannon
This Week at Immanuel...
Outdoor Worship
Continues Wednesday Evenings

Come celebrate God’s love as we gather for in-person worship on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. Bundle up as we enjoy and celebrate the beautiful fall weather! Please bring a lawn chair, wear a mask, and gather in the parking lot near the Little Pantry. In the event of rain, the service will be cancelled, and the church building will remain closed.

Please do not feel guilty or pressured to return to in-person worship. We will be continuing our services on-line. Please only come when you feel that you are ready.

Fall Fellowship Gathering
Next Sunday

Next Sunday, October 18th at 11:00am, meet us in the Orchard Street Parking Lot for North Ponds Park. We are planning on having a social distancing gathering at North Ponds Park. Bring a mask, chair and a warm beverage to gather on the lawn to catch up, and walking shoes so we can walk and chat together.

There will be no Online Zoom Fellowship next Sunday so we can gather in person. 
We will also be collecting food donations for our back pack program. We're especially in need of
Spaghetti sauce (no glass jars)
Mac and cheese
Granola bars
Canned tuna or chicken
PB and Jelly (no glass jars)
Pudding cups

Bible Study Wednesday at 9!

This week we will be looking at the readings for next Sunday, October 4. The log-in info is:

Meeting ID: 868 9194 0468
Password: Bibles
Special Congregation Meeting
Sunday, October 25 

The Congregation Council has spent much of 2019 revising our constitution to align it with the ELCA Model Constitution. We will meet via Zoom on October 25 at 10:30 am with the sole purpose being to vote to approve the amended Constitution of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The meeting and vote will be conducted via Zoom. If you are unable to join a Zoom meeting but wish to attend, please contact the office. We will pair you with a council or congregation member to listen to the meeting via telephone and to verbally cast your vote.
Meeting ID: 885 8639 2504
Passcode: 712853
To join by phone: 1-929-205-6099


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