The Holy Trinity – May 30, 2021

The Holy Trinity – May 30, 2021

Service for The Holy Trinity and Memorial Day

Rev. Gregory Mech | May 30, 2021 | Holy Trinity Sunday and Memorial Day Observed | Immanuel Lutheran Church – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 or 10:30 am

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Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter,
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The Holy Trinity bulletin cover. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri. Memorial Day.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son…”

A portion of today’s Gospel reading from John 3:16. We welcome you to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin, Missouri on this Holy Trinity Sunday. And we thank God for the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country on this Memorial Day weekend.

The Holy Trinity

Memorial Day Observed – May 30, 2021


O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth will declare Your praise. Psalm 51:15

Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
Make haste to help me, O Lord. Psalm 70:1

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.

Praise to You, O Christ. Alleluia!


Blessed be God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
O come, let us worship Him.

O 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.
The deep places of the earth are in His hands;
The strength of the hills is His also.
The sea is His, for He made it, and His hand formed the dry land.
O 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. Psalm 95
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.

Blessed be God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
O come, let us worship Him.

ADDITIONAL PSALM Psalm 116;antiphon = liturgical verse

Bléssed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
Let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us.

I have set the LORD always before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
My flesh also dwells secure.
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
Or let Your holy one see corruption.
You make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence there is fullness of joy; 
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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.

Bléssed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity.
Let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us.

OFFICE HYMN “Holy, Holy, Holy” 507

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty,
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee:
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; There is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty,
All Thy saints shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea. 
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!



In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: 

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; 
the whole earth is full of his glory!” 

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Thanks be to God.

SCRIPTURE READING Acts 2:14a, 22-36

Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: … 

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,

“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
    for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
    my flesh also will dwell in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
    or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, 

“‘The Lord said to my Lord, 
“Sit at my right hand, 
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ 

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Thanks be to God.


Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

O Lord, have mercy upon us.
Thanks be to God.


CREEDAL HYMN “The Lord, My God, Be Praised” 794

The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My light, my life from heaven;
My Maker, who to me 
Has soul and body given;
My Father, who will shield 
And keep me day by day
And make each moment yield 
New blessings on my way.

The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My trust, my life from heaven;
The Father’s own dear Son, 
Whose life for me was given;
Who for my sin atoned 
With His most precious blood
And gives to me by faith 
The highest heavenly good.

The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My hope, my life from heaven;
The Spirit, whom the Son 
In love to me has given.
His grace revives my heart 
And gives my spirit power,
Help, comfort and support 
In sorrow’s gloomy hour.

The Lord, my God, be praised, 
My God, the ever-living,
To who the heavenly host 
Their laud and praise are giving.
The Lord, my God, be praised 
In whose great name I boast,
God Father, God the Son 
and God the Holy Ghost.



Lord, have mercy; 
Christ, have mercy; 
Lord, have mercy.


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.


Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities, for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever.


Let us pray. Triune God, the Lord of hosts, we give thanks for those who have served our nation through military service, and we remember with gratitude those who gave their lives for our sake and for the cause of freedom. Help us to honor their sacrifice by using our liberty responsibly. Bless our nation, and help us to protect and increase the privileges we have for those who follow us, looking always to You, from whom these privileges come; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

CLOSING HYMN “O Blessed, Holy Trinity” 876: 1-4

O blessed, holy Trinity, 
Divine, eternal Unity,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 
This day Your name be uppermost.

My soul and body keep from harm, 
And over all extend Your arm;
Let Satan cause me no distress 
Nor bring me shame and wretchedness.

The Father’s love shield me this day; 
The Son’s pure wisdom cheer my way; 
The Holy Spirit’s joy and light 
Drive from my heart the shades of night.

My Maker, hold me in Your hand; 
O Christ, forgiven let me stand;
Blest Comforter, do not depart; 
With faith and love enrich my heart.



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.

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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