The Season of Pentecost

September 18, 2022

Take my hands and let them move

at the impulse of your love.  

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #583

Welcome to worship!

We worship each Sunday in person at 9:30 am.

Masks are encouraged, but optional in our building for worship and all activities. Masks will still be available at our entrance, and anyone who is more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so.

We livestream worship each week at 9:30 am, and the service is available to view anytime afterwards. You may access the link to Sunday Worship in a variety of ways:

  • A link is posted on Immanuel's website, or by clicking the link at the bottom of this email.
  • Go to and search Immanuel Webster. You will find all of our past worship services there as well.
  • A link is posted each Sunday morning on Immanuel's Facebook page.
  • Click the link below on Sunday morning at 9:30 or anytime afterwards.

You may access the livestream by clicking the link below.

Click here to go to Sunday morning worship

- Gathering -


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who is eager to forgive and who loves us beyond our days.


Dear friends, together let us acknowledge our failure to love this world as Jesus does.

Silence is kept for reflection.

God of mercy and forgiveness,

we confess that sin still has a hold on us.

We have harmed your good creation.

We have failed to do justice,

love kindness,

and walk humbly with you.

Turn us in a new direction.

Show us the path that leads to life.

Be our refuge and strength on the journey,

through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and friend.


Beloved of God: your sins are forgiven ☩ and you are made whole. God points the way to new life in Christ, who meets us on the road. Journey now in God’s abiding love through the power of the Holy Spirit.




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

And also with you.

Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  


- Word -

Children's Moment

First Reading     Amos 8:4-7


4Hear this, you that trample on the needy,

and bring to ruin the poor of the land,

5saying, “When will the new moon be over

so that we may sell grain;

and the sabbath,

so that we may offer wheat for sale?

We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,

and practice deceit with false balances,

6buying the poor for silver

and the needy for a pair of sandals,

and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”

7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:

Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.


Word of God. Word of Life.

Thanks be to God.

Second Reading                1 Timothy 2:1-7


1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For  there is one God;  there is also one mediator between God and humankind,  Christ Jesus, himself human,  6who gave himself a ransom for all —this was attested at the right time.7For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Word of God, Word of life.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel     Luke 16:1-13


The Holy Gospel according to Luke.

Glory to you, O Lord.

1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

10“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


Sacrament of Holy Baptism


After the candidate and sponsor makes promises,

the congregation is asked to make a promise:

People of God, do you promise to support Belinda and pray for her in their life in Christ?

We do, and we ask God to help and guide us.

Profession of Faith

       The candidate professes her faith, and the congregation joins the candidate in the Apostles' Creed:

Do you believe in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Thanksgiving at the Font


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.



    The newly baptized Child of God is given a candle

and is welcomed into the Body of Christ:


Let us welcome the newly baptized.

We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share:

join us in giving thanks and praise to God

and bearing God's creative and redeeming word to all the world.


Prayers of Intercession

Each petition ends:

God of grace,

hear our prayer.



The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.

Anthem       The Morn of Gladness

 - Meal -

Offertory Prayer

Gracious God,

in your great love you richly provide for our needs. Make of these gifts a banquet of blessing, and make us ready to share with all in need; through Jesus Christ, who sets a table for all. Amen.



Great Thanksgiving

It is indeed right, our duty, and our joy…  join their unending hymn:

Eucharistic Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

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.


All are invited to share in this meal of grace and love and may come forward at the direction of the usher, then return by way of the side aisles. Wine is shared by pouring chalice. Pre-filled cups of grape juice and gluten-free communion wafers are also available.

Post Communion Blessing and Prayer

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.


God of the abundant table, you have refreshed our hearts in this meal with bread for the journey. Give us your grace on the road that we might serve our neighbors with joy; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.



Sending Hymn   



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!


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Coming Up at Immanuel...

Blessing of the Animals 

October 2 at 4 pm

St. Francis is known for sharing his love of God's creation, especially animals that enrich our lives so deeply. October is the month we celebrate St. Francis, and has become the traditional month for giving thanks for the pets we love and who share their love with us. Join us in giving thanks for our 4-legged, slithering, crawling friends as we celebrate the Blessing of the Animals, Sunday afternoon October 2, at 4:00. Bring your beloved pets as we gather on the lawn in the front of the church (or in the Fellowship Hall in case of rain) and share together our love and God's blessing for all of creation! A reception for both humans and pets will follow.

Would You Like to Make Immanuel

Your Church Home?

We will once again receive new members this fall. If you are interested in becoming a member of Immanuel and making this your church home, please talk to Pastor Joanne. New Member classes will be held after worship on October 2, 9, and 16, where we will talk about the ministry of the ELCA, Immanuel, and ourselves. New members will be received on Reformation Sunday, October 30. Please contact Pastor Joanne if you are interested in attending or if you have any questions. 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Each Wednesday we gather on Zoom for conversation about the upcoming readings for Sunday worship. It is a morning filled with engaging discussion, wonderful questions, and a whole lot of fun and laughter. Join in the conversation - no previous experience is necessary. You may join in by going to and entering the meeting ID and passcode, or by clicking the link below.

Meeting ID: 863 5628 3748
Passcode: 358139
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