Season of Pentecost

November 19, 2023

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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.

~ Prayer of the Day

Evangelical Lutheran Worship


Welcome to worship!

Worship is livestreamed each Sunday at 9:30 am

and may be accessed in a variety of ways:

  • Click the link above at 9:30 am on Sunday or anytime afterwards to go directly to YouTube.
  • A link is posted on Immanuel's website, or by clicking the link to the website 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 will be posted on Immanuel's Facebook page.

- Gathering -


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, in whose image we are made,who claims us and calls us beloved.


Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy One,

we confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts. We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another. We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. 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.


Gathering Hymn


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

And also with you.


Hymn of Praise

Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

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 - 



Children's Moment

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 child- | ren 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 num- | ber our days

that we may apply our | hearts to wisdom. 

Second Reading               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.


Affirmation of Faith

I believe in a God

who created all things

and seeks for all to be in communion as God’s people.


I believe in Jesus Christ

who showed us how to share love,

and who commissioned us to go out into the highways and byways

inviting all to be a part of God’s work in the world.


I believe in the Holy Spirit

who leads and guides us into the world,

to share God’s love in word and deed,

reaching out to all.


I believe in the harvest

and the call for laborers to receive and respond,

sharing light and life with the world. Amen. 

Prayers of Intercession

Each petition ends:

       Hear us, O God,

              your mercy is great.                       




The peace of Christ be with you all.

And also with you. 


Offertory Hymn

-Meal -

Offertory Prayer              


Gracious God,

Blessed are you, Maker of all things. As you have entrusted us with all that you have created, now gather our gifts, nourish us with this sacrament, and send us to those who hunger and thirst, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior. 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.



Post Communion Blessing and Prayer

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


Lord Jesus, in this simple meal you have set a banquet. Sustain us on the journey, strengthen us to care for the least of your beloved children, and give us glad and generous hearts as we meet you on the way.



-Sending -



Go in peace. Be a blessing in the world.

Thanks be to God!



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What's Happening at Immanuel...

November In-Gathering

This year we will be adopting a family in November. Webster Hope will give us a family with their wish list. Look for a tree with stars on it in the hallway soon. The stars will name an item on the wish list. Pick a star, purchase the item and return to church. The items will then be brought to Webster Hope to deliver to the family to for Christmas. Thank you for your help!

Thanksgiving Worship

Tonight at 7 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church

We gather to give thanks to God on Sunday, November 19, at 7:00 pm for our Annual Thanksgiving Worship. Once again we will gather with folks from St. Martin and Bethlehem Lutheran Churches. This year’s service will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1767 Plank Road in Webster. Come join together as we pray, sing, and celebrate God’s blessings together!

Breakfast and Bibles

Wednesdays at 9 am

Stop by Panera Bread Wednesday mornings at 9:00 for a time of conversation, learning, and gathering with friends as we look at the readings for the upcoming Sundays. Come be inspired and blessed by God's Word!


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