Sought for Salvation and for Service | Sermon for May 3, 2020

Sought for Salvation and for Service | Sermon for May 3, 2020

Worship Service for The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Rev. Gregory Mech | May 3, 2020 | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE – Joplin, MO | Today’s Sermon: “Sought for Salvation and for Service”

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Jesus, Our Good Shepherd. Sought for Salvation and for Service. Sermon by Rev. Gregory Mech. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin, Missouri.

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

1 Peter 2:19-25 is the text for Today’s Sermon from Pastor Mech entitled, “Sought for Salvation and for Service.”

Divine Service, Setting One

HYMN “My Faith Looks Up to Thee” LSB 702, vs. 1-2

1  My faith looks up to Thee,

Thou Lamb of Calvary,

Savior divine.

Now hear me while I pray;

Take all my guilt away;

O let me from this day

Be wholly Thine!

2  May Thy rich grace impart

Strength to my fainting heart;

My zeal inspire!

As Thou hast died for me,

Oh, may my love to Thee

Pure, warm, and changeless be,

A living fire!


In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19


If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth in not in us,

But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and self-reflection.

Let us then confess our sins to God the Father.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. Psalm 51:5; Romans 7:17; Ephesians 2:3

We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. Matthew 5:28; Matthew 25:45

We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22:37-40

We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 

For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. 

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

In the mercy of Almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe on His name He gives power to become the children of God, and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. John 1:12; Philippians 1:6 


INTROIT John 10 and Psalm 95

“I am the good shepherd,” [says the Lord.]

“I know my own and my own know me, and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

     let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God,

     and a great King above all gods.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

     let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

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.

“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 

   and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

KYRIE “Lord, Have Mercy” Mark 10:47

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the whole world,

for the well-being of the Church of God,

and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

Lord have mercy.

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

Lord have mercy.

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.


HYMN OF PRAISE “This Is The Feast” Revelation 5:12–13; 19:5–9

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

1 Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, 

whose blood set us free to be people of God.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

2 Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, 

and honor, blessing, and glory are His.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

3 Sing with all the people of God 

and join in the hymn of all creation.

4 Blessing, honor, glory and might 

be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

5 For the Lamb who was slain 

has begun his reign. Alleluia.

This is the feast of victory for our God. 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! 


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray. Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Jason Glaskey, DCE

FIRST READING Acts 2:42–47

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23 

The Lord is my shepherd; 

      I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

     He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

     He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 

     I will fear no evil, 

for you are with me;

     your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

     you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, 

     and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

EPISTLE 1 Peter 2:19–25

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIA and VERSE John 6:68

Alleluia. Lord, to whom shall we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

Alleluia, alleluia.  

HOLY GOSPEL John 10:1–10

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

Glory to You, O Lord.

[Jesus said:] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

      So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

♫   Praise to You, 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. 

On 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 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” LSB 709

1  The King of love my shepherd is,

Whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His

And He is mine forever.

2  Where streams of living water flow,

My ransomed soul He leadeth

And, where the verdant pastures grow,

With food celestial feedeth.

3  Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

But yet in love He sought me

And on His shoulder gently laid

And home rejoicing brought me.

4  In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,

Thy rod and staff my comfort still,

Thy cross before to guide me.

5  Thou spreadst a table in my sight;

Thine unction grace bestoweth;

And, oh, what transport of delight

From Thy pure chalice floweth!

6  And so through all the length of days

Thy goodness faileth never;

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise

Within Thy house forever!


“Sought for Salvation and for Service”

Rev. Gregory Mech, Pastor


Lord, in Your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

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.

BENEDICTION Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you.

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

That Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace. 


HYMN “Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus” LSB 685, vs. 1-2

1  Let us ever walk with Jesus,

Follow His example pure,

Through a world that would deceive us

And to sin our spirits lure.

Onward in His footsteps treading,

Pilgrims here, our home above,

Full of faith and hope and love,

Let us do the Father’s bidding.

Faithful Lord, with me abide;

I shall follow where You guide.

2  Let us suffer here with Jesus

And with patience bear our cross.

Joy will follow all our sadness;

Where He is, there is no loss.

Though today we sow no laughter,

We shall reap celestial joy;

All discomforts that annoy

Shall give way to mirth hereafter.

Jesus, here I share Your woe;

Help me there Your joy to know. 

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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