Christ the Exalted Lamb | November 1, 2020

Christ the Exalted Lamb | November 1, 2020

Worship Service for All Saints’ Day

Rev. Gregory Mech | November 1, 2020 | Authority of Jesus: Christ the Exalted Lamb | All Saints’ Day with Holy Communion | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am

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He opened His mouth and taught them. Bulletin Cover for All Saints' Day at Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. "Christ the Exalted Lamb" is the Sermon Title.

“For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Quoted from Revelation 7, one of the readings for All Saints’ Day, today Pastor Mech shares a sermon entitled, “Christ the Exalted Lamb.” Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church!

Christ, the Exalted Lamb

All Saints’ Day — November 1, 2020 


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


These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.
They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
In you, O LORD, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Revelation 7:9-17

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

“Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN OF PRAISE “This Is the Feast” page 171

This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.
Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, 
whose blood sets us free to be people of God.
Power and riches and wisdom, and strength, 
and honor and blessing and glory are His.  
This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia.
Sing with all the people of God 
and join in the hymn of all creation: 
“Blessing, honor, glory, and might 
be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.”
This is the feast of victory for our God, 
for the Lamb who was slain has begun His reign. 
Alleluia, alleluia.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

1 John 3:1-3

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

HYMN 677 “For All the Saints” vs. 1-3

For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear their one true light. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Matthew 5:1-12

The Holy Gospel according to St Matthew, the fifth chapter.
Glory to You, O Lord.

Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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

HYMN 676 “Behold a Host Arrayed in White” 

Behold a host, arrayed in white, 
Like thousand snowclad mountains bright!
With palms they stand; 
Who is this band Before the throne of light?
These are the saints of glorious fame, 
Who from the great affliction came
And in the flood Of Jesus’ blood 
Are cleansed from guilt and shame.
They now serve God both day and night;
They sing their songs in endless light.
Their anthems ring As they all sing 
With angels shining bright.

SERMON “Christ, the Exalted Lamb”


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.



Robert Klett (10/28/19)
Donald Ziulkowski (12/18/19)
Saundra Dover (3/5/20)
Dorothy Renburg (3/16/20)
Leo Winchester (5/17/20)
Patricia Lamb (8/24/20)
Helen Anderson (8/25/20)
Paul Schnelle (8/25/20)
Robert Lamb (8/28/20)
Steve Di Pierdomenico (9/4/20)
Wanda Phariss (9/9/20)


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 Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Those not partaking of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Table are dismissed with this blessing. Thank you for joining us before God’s altar in fellowship today.


Distribution of the Sacrament will be by family groups, at the direction of the usher. Children may come forward for a contactless blessing. Once you have received the body and the blood of our Lord Christ, depart in peace.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God. In the communion of all Your saints gathered into the one body of Your Son, You have surrounded us with so great a cloud of witnesses that we, encouraged by their faith and strengthened by their fellowship, may run with perseverance the race set before us and, together with them, receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Therefore with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to His disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

HYMN 563 “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness”

Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness 
My beauty are, my glorious dress;
Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, 
With joy shall I lift up my head.

Bold shall I stand on that great day, 
Cleansed and redeemed, no debt to pay;
Fully absolved through these I am 
From sin and fear, from guilt and shame.

Lord, I believe Thy precious blood, 
Which at the mercy seat of God
Pleads for the captives’ liberty,
Was also shed in love for me.

Lord, I believe, were sinners more 
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid, 
For all a full atonement made.

When from the dust of death I rise 
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Then this shall be my only plea: 
Jesus hath lived and died for me.

Jesus, be endless praise to Thee, 
Whose boundless mercy hath for me,
For me, and all Thy hands hath made, 
An everlasting ransom paid. 

HYMN 594 “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It”

God’s own child, I gladly say it: 
I am baptized into Christ!
He, because I could not pay it, 
Gave my full redemption price.
Do I need earth’s treasures many?
I have one worth more than any 
That brought me salvation free
Lasting to eternity!

Sin, disturb my soul no longer: 
I am baptized into Christ!
I have comfort even stronger: 
Jesus’ cleansing sacrifice.
Should a guilty conscience seize me
Since my Baptism did release me 
In a dear forgiving flood,
Sprinkling me with Jesus’ blood?

Satan, hear this proclamation: 
I am baptized into Christ!
Drop your ugly accusation. 
I am not so soon enticed.
Now that to the font I’ve traveled,
All your might has come unraveled, 
And, against your tyranny, 
God, my Lord, unites with me.

Death, you cannot end my gladness: 
I am baptized into Christ!
When I die, I leave all sadness 
To inherit paradise!
Though I lie in dust and ashes
Faith’s assurance brightly flashes: 
Baptism has the strength divine
To make life immortal mine.

There is nothing worth comparing 
To this life-long comfort sure!
Open-eyed my grave is staring: 
Even there I’ll rest secure.
Though my flesh awaits its raising
Still my soul continues praising: 
I am baptized into Christ;
I’m a child of paradise!

HYMN 677 “For All the Saints” vs. 4-8

Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

But lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day:
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of Glory passes on His way. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, 
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 
Alleluia! Alleluia!

A Prayer of Thanksgiving after Receiving the Sacrament

Almighty and everlasting God, I thank and praise You for feeding me the life-giving body and blood of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Send Your Holy Spirit that, having with my mouth received the holy Sacrament, I may by faith obtain and eternally enjoy Your divine grace, the forgiveness of sins, unity with Christ, and life eternal; through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

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