Seventh Sunday of Easter | May 16, 2021

Seventh Sunday of Easter | May 16, 2021

Worship Service for The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Rev. Gregory Mech, pastor | May 16, 2021 | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am

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Special thanks to all who helped to make this broadcast possible today:
Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter,
the COVID Committee, Altar Guild, Board of Elders and all of our volunteers!

May 16 bulletin cover. Holy Father keep them in Your name. Lord Abba Yahweh Adonai. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Jesus said, “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”

A portion of the Holy Gospel from John 17 appointed for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. We welcome you to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin, Missouri. May God hold us close by His name, and make us one in Christ!

Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 16, 2021 — Divine Service, Setting Three with Holy Communion


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 our 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. 

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ׀ wicked,*
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of
׀ scoffers;

but his delight is in the law׀of the Lord,*
and on his law he meditates
׀ day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not ׀ wither.*
In all that he does, he
׀ prospers.

The wicked ׀ are not so,*
but are like chaff that the wind
׀ drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the ׀ judgment,*
nor sinners in the congregation of the
׀ righteous;

For the Lord knows the way of the ׀ righteous,*
but the way of the wicked will
׀ perish.

GLORIA PATRI “Glory Be to the Father” 186

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.

KYRIE “Lord, Have Mercy” 186

Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us. Mark 10:47

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS “Glory to God in the Highest” 187

Glory be to God on high;
And on earth, peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14

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, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
Thou that takest away the sin of the worlds, have mercy upon us. 
Thou that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. 
Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. John 1:29
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. 2 Timothy 4:22
And with thy spirit.

Let us pray: O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

KIDS TALK — DCE Jason Glaskey

FIRST READING Acts 1:12-26

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 

In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, 

“‘May his camp become desolate,
     and let there be no one to dwell in it’; 


“‘Let another take his office.’

So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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

EPISTLE 1 John 5:9-15

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

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


Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

HOLY GOSPEL John 17:11b-19

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the seventeenth chapter.
Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

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


I believe in one God, The Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things, visible and invisible; 

And in Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son, our Lord, 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 on 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.

HYMN “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” 739

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand;
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night, 
Lead me on to the light.
Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.

When my way grows drear, 
Precious Lord, linger near,
When my life is almost gone,
Hear my cry, hear my call, 
Hold my hand lest I fall.
Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.

When the darkness appears 
And the night draws near
And the day is almost gone,
At the river I stand; 
Guide my feet, hold my hand,
Take my hand, precious Lord; lead me home.

SERMON – Rev. Gregory Mech


Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
And renew a right spirit in me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence, 
And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, 
And uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen. Psalm 51:10-12




The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
And with thy spirit.

Lift up your hearts. Colossians 3:1
We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks unto the Lord our God. Psalm 136
It is meet and right so to do.


It is truly meet, right, and salutary … evermore praising You and saying:

SANCTUS “Holy, Holy, Holy” 195 

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth; 
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory. 
Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna in the highest. 
|Blessed is He, blessed is He,
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna, hosanna,
Hosanna in the highest. Isaiah 6:3; Matthew 21:9

LORD’S PRAYER 196 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.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD Matt 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:23-25

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 the 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.”

PAX DOMINI “The Peace of the Lord” 197

The peace of the Lord be with you always. John 20:19

AGNUS DEI “Lamb of God” 198

O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world; grant us Thy peace.
Amen. John 1:29 

Distribution of the Sacrament will be by family groups, at the direction of the usher. Children may come forward for a contactless blessing. Gluten-free and alcohol-free portions are available near the center aisle.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “All Glory be to God on High” 947

All glory be to God on high 
And thanks for all His favor;
No harm can touch or terrify 
A child of God forever.
God shows His good and gracious will
And grants His peace, the world to fill—
All strife at last has ended.

We praise and laud and worship You; 
We give You thanks forever,
O Father, for Your rule is true 
And just and changes never.
With boundless power, Your mighty reign
Fulfills whatever You ordain.
Lord, grant us every blessing!

O Jesus Christ, the only Son 
Begotten of the Father,
Your saving death has made us one 
With God and with each other.
O Lamb of God, to You on high
In our distress we sinners cry,
“Have mercy on us, Amen!”

O Holy Spirit, our delight 
And source of consolation,
Protect us from the devil’s might 
Through Jesus, our salvation,
Who by His death upon the tree
Has rescued us from misery:
To this we hold forever.

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” 633

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing 
Praise to our victorious King,
Who has washed us in the tide 
Flowing from His pierced side. Alleluia!

Praise we Him, whose love divine 
Gives His sacred blood for wine,
Gives His body for the feast—
Christ the victim, Christ the priest. Alleluia!

Where the paschal blood is poured, 
Death’s dread angel sheathes his sword;
Israel’s host triumphant go 
Through the wave that drowns the foe. Alleluia!

Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed, 
Paschal victim, paschal bread;
With sincerity and love 
Eat we manna from above. Alleluia!

Mighty victim from the sky, 
Hell’s fierce powers beneath You lie;
You have conquered in the fight, 
You have brought us life and light. Alleluia!

Now no more can death appall, 
Now no more the grave enthrall;
You have opened paradise, 
And Your saints in You shall rise. Alleluia!

Easter triumph, Easter joy! 
This alone can sin destroy:
From sin’s power, Lord, set us free, 
Newborn souls in You to be. Alleluia!

Father, who the crown shall give, 
Savior, by whose death we live,
Spirit, guide through all our days: 
Three-in-One, Your name we praise. Alleluia!

DISTRIBUTION HYMN “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” 709

The King of love my shepherd is, 
Whose goodness faileth never.
I nothing lack if I am His 
And He is mine forever.

Where streams of living waters flow, 
My ransomed soul He leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow, 
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, 
But yet in love He sought me
And on His shoulder gently laid 
And home rejoicing brought me.

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.

Thou spreadst a table in my sight; 
Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight 
From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days 
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise 
Within Thy house forever!    

NUNC DIMITTIS “Song of Simeon” 199

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, 
according to Thy word; 
for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, 
which Thou hast prepared before 
the face of all people, 
a light to lighten the Gentiles 
and the glory of Thy people Israel.Luke 2:29-32
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. 


O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
And His mercy endureth forever. Psalm 107:1

Let us pray. O God the Father, the fountain and source of all goodness, who in loving-kindness sent Your only-begotten Son into the flesh, we thank You that for His sake You have given us pardon and peace in this Sacrament, and we ask You not to forsake Your children but always to rule our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that we may be enabled constantly to serve You; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


The Lord be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22
And with thy spirit.

Bless we the Lord. Psalm 103:1
Thanks be to God.


The Lord bless you and keep you. 
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. 
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
Amen. Amen. Amen.



Heavenly Father, We pray to see the future as You see it, so we may live the present as You will it. We pray we may be grounded in Christ as a Lutheran congregation, and guided by Your grace as we walk in forgiveness. We pray we are growing continually in faith as servants in Christ’s Kingdom proclaiming the Gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.Amen.

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. From Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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