Hope Active in Unexpected Places | Sermon for May 17, 2020

Hope Active in Unexpected Places | Sermon for May 17, 2020

Worship Service for The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Rev. Gregory Mech | May 17, 2020 | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE – Joplin, MO | Today’s Sermon: “Hope Active in Unexpected Places”

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Hope Active in Unexpected Places. Sixth Sunday of Easter. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father. Bulletin Cover for May 17, 2020.

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience.

1 Peter 3:13-22 is the text for Today’s Sermon from Pastor Mech entitled, “Hope Active in Unexpected Places.”

Divine Service, Setting Three

Invocation, Confession and Absolution page 184

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

Amen. Matthew 28:19b

Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God the Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. Hebrews 10:22

Our help is in the name of the LORD,

Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD,

And You forgave the iniquities of my sin. Psalm 32:5

Almighty God, our maker and redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto You that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against You by thought, word, and deed. Wherefore we flee for refuge to Your infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Your grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

O most merciful God, who has given Your only-begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Your Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of You and of Your will and true obedience to Your Word, to the end that by Your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy upon us and has given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgives us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the children of God and has promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Grant this, Lord, unto us all. John 1:12, Mark 16:16


INTROIT Psalm 119:89-91, antiphon: Psalm 119:105 

Your Word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path

Forever, O LORD, Your Word is firmly set in the heavens.

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;

You have established the earth, and it stands fast,

      By Your appointments they stand this day,

      For all things are Your servants.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

World without end. Amen.

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. 

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Glory be to God on high:

And on earth peace, good will toward men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, 

We glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.

O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father almighty. 

O Lord God, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. 

Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.

Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 


The Lord be with you.

And with Thy spirit.

Let us pray. O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



DCE Jason Glaskey

EPISTLE – 1 Peter 3:13–22

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

      For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Alleluia. We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; 

death no longer has dominion over him. Alleluia. 

In the world you will have tribulation. 

But take heart; I have overcome the world. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL – John 14:15–21

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the fourteenth chapter

Glory be to Thee, O Lord

[Jesus said:] “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

      “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

    This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.


I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell.

The third day He rose again from the dead. 

He ascended into heaven 

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 

the holy Christian Church, 

the communion of saints, 

the forgiveness of sins, 

the resurrection of the body, 

and the life + everlasting. Amen.

HYMN “Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising” LSB 375, vs. 1-4

Come, your hearts and voices raising. 

Christ, the Lord, with gladness praising;

Loudly sing His love amazing, 

Worthy folk of Christendom.

Christ, from heaven to us descending

And in love our race befriending;

In our need His help extending,  

Saved us from the wily foe.

Jacob’s star in all its splendor

Beams with comfort sweet and tender,

Forcing Satan to surrender, 

Breaking all the powers of hell.

From the bondage that oppressed us,

From sin’s fetters that possessed us,

From the grief that sore distressed us, 

We, the captives, now are free.

SERMON “Hope Active in Unexpected Places”

Rev. Gregory Mech, Pastor


Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9–13

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.

Salutation, Benedicamus and Benediction page 201

The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

Bless we the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The LORD bless you and keep you.

The LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. 

The LORD lift His countenance upon you and give you peace.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

HYMN “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness” LSB 467, vs. 1, 4

Awake, my heart with gladness, 

See what today is done.

Now, after gloom and sadness, 

Comes forth the glorious sun.

My Savior there was laid 

Where our bed must be made

When to the realms of light 

Our spirit wings its flight.

Now hell, its prince, the devil, 

Of all their powers are shorn;

Now I am safe from evil, 

and sin I laugh to scorn.

Grim death with all its might 

Cannot my soul affright;

It is a powerless form, 

However it rave and storm.

From Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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