Sunday, October 18, 2020

Service of the Word, Sunday, October 18, 2020

 The livestream from St. Stephen Lutheran Church is not available today. 

If you cannot attend worship, you may worship using this Service of the Word, which includes hymns, Scripture readings, a homily, and prayers. 

The order of service is below.

The livestreams will resume next Sunday, October 25, Reformation Sunday.

May God bless and keep you this Lord's Day!

SERVICE OF THE WORD – St. Stephen Lutheran Church

October 18, 2020, the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost


HYMN                                                                                                         Come, Thou Almighty King


1              Come, thou almighty King,

                help us thy name to sing;

                help us to praise;

                Father all-glorious,

                o’er all victorious,

                come and reign over us,

                Ancient of Days.


2              Come, thou incarnate Word,

                gird on thy mighty sword;

                our prayer attend.

                Come and thy people bless,

                and give thy word success,

                and let thy righteousness

                on us descend.


3              Come, holy Comforter,

                thy sacred witness bear

                in this glad hour!

                Thou, who almighty art,

                now rule in ev’ry heart,

                and ne’er from us depart,

                Spirit of pow’r.


4             To thee, great One in Three,

                eternal praises be

                hence evermore!

                Thy sov’reign majesty

                may we in glory see,

                and to eternity

                love and adore.


Text: source unknown, c. 1757, alt.



Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe,

            for in your wisdom you have formed us.

You feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

            We bless you and praise your name forever.

You set free those who are bound.

            We bless you and praise your name forever.

You raise up those whose courage falters.

            We bless you and praise your name forever.

You provide for our every need.

            Accept our grateful praises.

You have called us from all peoples.

            We rejoice and bless your name forever.

You bless your people with peace.

            We bless you and praise your loving grace.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe,

                for in your wisdom you have formed us.



God has made us his people through our Baptism into Christ. Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.


                I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                        creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                        He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                    and born of the virgin Mary.

                        He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                                    was crucified, died, and was buried.

                        He descended into hell.

                        On the third day he rose again.

                        He ascended into heaven,

                        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                        He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


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. Amen



The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Let us pray.


O God, whose image we bear and whose name we carry,

yours is the world and all it contains.

  Recall us to our true allegiance,

  so that above the powers and rulers of this world

  you alone may claim our fullest loyalty and love.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit;

one God, now and forever.



First READING                                                                             Isaiah 45:1-7


1Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus,
  whose right hand I have grasped
 to subdue nations before him
  and strip kings of their robes,
 to open doors before him—
  and the gates shall not be closed:
2I will go before you
  and level the mountains,
 I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
  and cut through the bars of iron,
3I will give you the treasures of darkness
  and riches hidden in secret places,
 so that you may know that it is I, the Lord,
  the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4For the sake of my servant Jacob,
  and Israel my chosen,
 I call you by your name,
  I surname you, though you do not know me.
5I am the Lord, and there is no other;
  besides me there is no god.
  I arm you, though you do not know me,

6so that they may know, from the rising of the sun
  and from the west, that there is no one besides me;
  I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7I form light and create darkness,
  I make weal and create woe;
  I the Lord do all these things.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                  

  Thanks be to God.


Gospel                                                                                    Matthew 22:15-22


The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

  Glory to you, O Lord.


15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.


The Gospel of the Lord.                                

  Praise to you, O Christ.




HYMN OF THE DAY                                   Sing Praise to God, the Highest Good


Please meditate on the text of the hymn as it is played.


1              Sing praise to God, the highest good,

                the author of creation,

                the God of love who understood

                our need for his salvation.

                With healing balm our souls he fills

                and ev’ry faithless murmur stills:

                to God all praise and glory!



2              What God’s almighty pow’r has made,

                in mercy he is keeping;

                by morning glow or evening shade,

                his eye is never sleeping;

                within the kingdom of his might

                all things are just and good and right:

                to God all praise and glory!


3              We sought the Lord in our distress;

                O God, in mercy hear us.

                Our Savior saw our helplessness

                and came with peace to cheer us.

                For this we thank and praise the Lord

                who is by one and all adored:

                to God all praise and glory!



4             Let all who name Christ’s holy name

                give God the praise and glory.

                Let all who know his pow’r proclaim

                aloud the wondrous story.

                Cast ev’ry idol from its throne,

                for God is God, and he alone:

                to God all praise and glory!


Text: Johann J. Schütz, 1640-1690; tr. Frances E. Cox, 1812-1897, adapt.



Father, we pray for the Church. In the midst of a fallen and idolatrous world, may your people worship and proclaim you alone as Lord of all creation and serve you with gladness. Lord, in your mercy,
  hear our prayer.


We pray for our congregation; in the midst of a world that does not know you, let us be a people of hope, imitating your Son and becoming examples for each other. Lord, in your mercy,
  hear our prayer.


We pray for the world; let leaders look to you to accomplish your purposes, and make them mindful that they do not rule for themselves but instead they must serve you. Remember with favor our President, and his administration, the Congress, the Courts, and all who serve in government. Lord, in your mercy,
  hear our prayer.



We pray for the oppressed, the sick, the dying, the grieving, those in any need of body, mind, or spirit, especially those we name before you:


The People may offer silent or spoken intercessions and thanksgivings.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We give you thanks for the marriage of Robert Dawe and Kaitlyn Colhouer; give them your blessing, and strengthen their union always. Lord, in your mercy,
  hear our prayer.


We pray in thanksgiving for those who have died, especially those dear to us who rest in you. Help us to walk in faith, that we may join them on the great day when all rulers, authorities and powers bow to you and praise your name. Lord, in your mercy,
  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.




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


The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.



      The Lord bless you and keep you.

                The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.

                The Lord look upon you with favor and give us peace.



Be at peace. Serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God!