A quick word about how to worship from a distance.

A note about this Online Service: Worshipping online like this will probably be awkward. It will be challenging. It won't feel the same or look exactly the same. But it will allow us to gather as God's people to worship Him and receive His Grace and Mercy!

With that in mind I want to encourage you to do a couple of things to make the most of this way of worship...

  1. Set aside a special time where you are dedicated to worship. Don't just multitask your way through this.
  2. Say a prayer before your time of worship that God would use this time through the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage your faith in Jesus.
  3. Participate don't just listen! Worship is something we do together. In your homes, this may be awkward and uncomfortable, but remember when we gather together we speak the liturgy together, we pray our prayers together, we sing together, and we hear God's Word together. So in your homes try to do the same thing! Pray. Sing. Speak. Hear. Yes, at first it will be odd. It will be a little confusing. But we can do this together.
  4. Remember that this is the Lord's time and He promises to be with us! Hold fast to His Word and promises because they are for you!
  5. As a final encouragement, PLEASE share the link to our online worship service with others as an opportunity for them to join us in worship!
  6. If you wish to download the bulletin (and announcements and prayer sheet for weekend services), click here.

The Fourteenth Week after Pentecost

Sept. 6, 2020



Before worship prayer - Faithful God, whose mercies are new to us every morning, we humbly pray that You would look upon us in mercy and renew us by Your Holy Spirit. Keep safe our going out and our coming in, and let Your blessing remain with us throughout this day. Preserve us in Your righteousness and grant us a portion in that eternal life which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. AMEN.

We’re So Glad God Brought You Here Today!

Opening Hymn: “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now” LSB, hymn #902

Lord Jesus Christ, be present now;
Our hearts in true devotion bow.
Your Spirit send with light divine,
And let Your truth within us shine.

Unseal our lips to sing Your praise
In endless hymns through all our days.
Increase our faith and light our minds;
And set us free from doubt that blinds.

Then shall we join the hosts that cry,
“O holy, holy Lord Most High!”
And in the light of that blest place
We then shall see You face to face.

All glory to the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To You, O blessèd Trinity,
Be praise throughout eternity!

P: In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. Matthew 28:19b
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C: who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8
P: If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
C: But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
P: Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Let us humble ourselves before our Good and gracious God.

(Moment of silent reflection)

P: Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Luke 18:13
C: Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
P: Let us pray . . . Almighty God,
C: merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
P: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen. John 20:19-23

P: The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
C: And also with you.
P: Let us pray . . . .O God, our gracious and loving Father, we are Your dependent children. Although we in no way deserve Your goodness, You freely offer Your grace to all who turn to You. Grant us faith to trust in Your Son, who humbled Himself for our salvation. We pray this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen


Old Testament Lesson: Ezekiel 33:7-9 (The Watchman Warns Israel)

"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.

P: The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the eighteenth chapter.
C: Glory to You, O Lord.

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 18:1-20 (Where Two Or Three Come Together)

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. "Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! If your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. "I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to You, O Christ.

Sermon Hymn: "Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways” LSB, hymn #707

Oh, that the Lord would guide my ways To keep His statutes still!
Oh, that my God would grant me grace To know and do His will!

Order my footsteps by Thy Word And make my heart sincere;
Let sin have no dominion, Lord, But keep my conscience clear.

Assist my soul, too apt to stray, A stricter watch to keep;
And should I e’er forget Thy way, Restore Thy wand’ring sheep.

Make me to walk in Thy commands - ’Tis a delightful road -
Nor let my head or heart or hands Offend against my God.

Sermon: “God's Warning” Ezekiel 33:7-9


Although not everyone has felt comfortable to return to in-person worship, we need to remember our care for the ongoing ministry of the Lord. If you normally feel led to contribute to the offering plate, we recommend electronic giving. Consistent offering does help us to budget for the care of building, church staff, school support and the surprise extras like equipment to live-stream our preaching!

We ask, if at all possible, that you please continue your offerings as we have ongoing and regular expenses with utilities, payroll, and mortgage among others.

Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.

If you are able to increase your offering during this time to help us, we would greatly appreciate it.


P: Let us confess our faith, using the words of the Nicene Creed.
C: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen


1 Timothy 2:1-4

P: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Where our brothers and sisters are straying, move us, gracious God, to seek them out and care for them. O Holy Spirit, give us the words to speak truth gently, to warn honestly, and to fervently invite them to return to a community where Word and Sacrament is faithfully proclaimed. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: In our land and throughout the world, Lord God, raise up leaders of integrity and honor to rule according to Your will. Grant them wisdom and compassion so that peace may prevail within their borders and with their neighbors. In this democracy use each of us to promote the general welfare and support those who make, administer, and judge our laws. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Lord Jesus, fill us with Your love. May it overflow to our families, congregation, and communities. Help us care for the very young and the very old, for those less fortunate, downtrodden, neglected, or forgotten, so what we may all rejoice and grow together in Your forgiveness and grace. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Wherever people are in harm's way; for those deployed in defense of our nation; for those securing our borders; for those safeguarding our neighborhoods; protect them good Lord. Be with all those who are on the front lines of protection in our community. For Police, Firefighters, EMT’s, Doctors and Nurses. Hold them and protect them in these times. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Be with those who care for the sick and dying, the distressed and oppressed; guide and support them. Give them wisdom and patience as they provide healing and relief. We remember before You those near and dear to us who call to You for help. We pray that you be with those hospitalized this past week (Especially, . . . ). Also be with those who continue treatment and healing at home. We pray for them and all those that we name in our hearts . . .(Silence). Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.
P: Almighty God, we pray for our world for we are in need of Your peace, compassion, and strength. Break down the dividing walls of hostility that rise up between us and bring comfort to all those who suffer injustice and violence. Bless our communities and bring protection to those who peacefully protest, to our businesses, and to those who serve in Law Enforcement. Help us to love one another as You have loved us. Even while we strive to live at peace with one another, fix our eyes on You, Lord Jesus, for You give us the peace that this world can never give. Lord, in Your mercy,
C: hear our prayer.

(Additional prayers of the congregation. Each petition concludes with. . . )

P: . . . Lord, In Your Mercy,
C: Hear Our Prayer.

P: Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who has taught us to pray:
C: 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.
Matthew 6:9-13


P: 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 you peace.
C: Amen

Closing Hymn: “Before You, Lord, We Bow” LSB, hymn #966

Before You, Lord, we bow, Our God who reigns above
And rules the world below, Boundless in pow’r and love.
Our thanks we bring In joy and praise,
Our hearts we raise To You, our King!

The nation You have blest May well Your love declare,
From foes and fears at rest, Protected by Your care.
For this bright day, For this fair land -
Gifts of Your hand - Our thanks we pay.

May ev’ry mountain height, Each vale and forest green,
Shine in Your Word’s pure light, And its rich fruits be seen!
May ev’ry tongue Be tuned to praise
And join to raise A grateful song.

Earth, hear your Maker’s voice; Your great Redeemer own;
Believe, obey, rejoice, And worship Him alone.
Cast down your pride, Your sin deplore,
And bow before The Crucified.

And when in pow’r He comes, Oh, may our native land
From all its rending tombs Send forth a glorious band,
A countless throng, With joy to sing
To heav’n’s high King Salvation’s song!


See You In Worship Next Week!

After worship prayer - Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom which comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and in the confession of Your name abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN.

Ways to give:
1. Mail in your offering check to the church office at: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School 1780 Career Center Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914.
2. You can give online. You can go to our website.
3. You can text-to-give. Text your amount to 815-205-1213. Just click on the link and follow the directions.

Serving in God's House Today:

Preacher: Rev. Michael Hanel
Liturgist: Rev. Karl Koeppen
Organist: Nadine Engel
Worship Service: Rev. Karl Koeppen
Audio/Video Production: Rev. Michael Hanel
Audio Production/Editing: Matt Callan



[Legal Stuff: Portions of this service may be copyrighted under: Divine Service, Setting Four from Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Reprinted with permission. Scripture quotations taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society®. Used by permission. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. LSB902 - Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now: Text (sts. 1–4) and Music: Public domain; LSB707 - Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways: Text (sts. 1–4) and Music: Public domain; LSB966 - Before You, Lord, We Bow: Text (sts. 1–5) and Music: Public domain.]