Sunday Worship Service: Seventh Sunday of Easter: 16 May 2021

Thanks to the choir who provided the prelude music via recording!
Please excuse or perhaps have a chuckle at Zoe this morning. You’ll see her make her weekly appearance during prayers and the communion liturgy!

Next Sunday is Pentecost, remember to wear red, whether you join us in person or online!

Grace and Peace, Pastor Chris Lee

Order of Worship for May 16, 2021

Prelude: “Alabaré, – arr. Ronald Nelson. Performed by the Senior Choir.



The gospel for Easter’s seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John’s gospel on the night before his death, and always includes Jesus’ desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but mutual abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love, and joy. This oneness is the work of the Spirit whom we have received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit!

Thanksgiving for Baptism

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Refreshed by the resurrection life we share in Christ, let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We thank you, risen Christ, for these waters where you make us new, leading us from death to life, from tears to joy. We bless you, risen Christ, that your Spirit comes to us in the grace-filled waters of rebirth, like rains to our thirsting earth, like streams that revive our souls, like cups of cool water shared with strangers. Breathe your peace on your church when we hide in fear. Clothe us with your mercy and forgiveness. Send us companions on our journey as we share your life. Make us one, risen Christ. Cleanse our hearts. Shower us with life. To you be given all praise, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God, now and forever.


Opening Hymn: – ELW 322- “Oh, Love, How Deep,” verses 1, 3, & 6.

Prayer of the Day

Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


First Reading: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

In the days between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost, Peter oversees the process whereby one of the members of the community of believers is chosen to be the twelfth apostle, in order to fill the vacancy created by Judas’s treachery and death.

15In those days Peter stood up among the believers–together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons– and said, 16“Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus—17for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 21So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” 23So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

Second Reading: 1 John 5:9-13

God has borne witness to the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Whoever believes in the Son of God believes in the witness of God and has the promise of eternal life.

9If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Gospel: John 17:6-19

In this reading the church hears Jesus’ words on the night before his death—his prayer for his disciples and for all who would believe in him through their words.

Jesus prayed: 6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. 13But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 247- “Come Now, O Prince of Peace,” all verses.

Prayers of Intercession

Alive in the risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, we bring our prayers before God who promises to hear us and answer in steadfast love.

A brief silence.

Holy God, in Christ Jesus the joy of the church is made complete. Root the church in your Word and unify us as Christ’s body. Send us into the world as your loving people, ready to testify to your Spirit at work. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Mighty God, the world is your handiwork, displaying your creative impulse. Seas teem with life, forests reach up to praise you, and the mystery of life lies deep in the soil. Guard and keep this world for the well-being of all your creatures. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Gracious Sovereign, those who follow your ways are like trees planted near streams of water. Establish the leaders of nations and all in authority in your grace and truth. Strengthen them, so that the people they serve will have abundant life. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Generous Savior, you befriend those who are sick, suffering, poor, lonely, outcast, or rejected. Grant healing and love to all in need especially Art Renfro; Randy McIntyre; Abbey Wehrheim; Karen Bemowski; Mary Florence; Patrick Esping; Marilyn Hubbard; Nancy Johnson; Helen Schubert and all those we name before you. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Creator God, here in this community we share the gift of praying, learning, and supporting one another. Give us thankful hearts as we claim the gifts that are unique to us and keep us from being envious of others with different gifts. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Saving God, your wonderful promise is the gift of eternal life in Jesus. Through the witness of those who have died in you, strengthen us now in this gift of life. We cherish the memory of your saints especially Steven. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

In the hope of new life in Christ, we raise our prayers to you, trusting in your never-ending goodness and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Great Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer


Wellspring of joy, through this meal we are about to receive you have put gladness in our hearts. Satisfy the hunger still around us, and send us as joyful witnesses, that your love may bring joy to the hearts of all people, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



May our glorious God grant you a spirit of wisdom to know and to love the risen Lord Jesus. The God of life, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.


Sending Hymn: ELW 496- “One Bread, One Body,” verses 1 & 2.


Even as we depart and receive the Body and Blood of Christ, given and shed for you,  to strengthen us for the days ahead, remember you are the body of Christ raised up for the world.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Postlude: WOV 748- “Bind Us Together, Lord.”

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“Alabaré:, – arr. Ronald Nelson. Contributors: Oregon Catholic Press, Ronald A Nelson. Tune: © 1994 Sacred Music Press, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services) Text: © 1994 Sacred Music Press, a division of The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843. (One License- #1040730)

“Oh, Love, How Deep.” Text: Thomas a Kempis, 1380 – 1471; tr. Benjamin Webb, 1819 – 1885, alt.. Music: English ballad, 15th cent.. Public domain.

“Come Now, O Prince of Peace (Ososo, ososo).” Text: Geonyong Lee, b. 1947; tr. Marion Pope. Music: Geonyong Lee, b. 1947. Text and music copyright Geonyong Lee. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“One Bread, One Body.” Text: John Foley, SJ, b. 1939. Music: John Foley, SJ. Text and music copyright 1978 John B. Foley, SJ and OCP Publications. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Bind Us Together, Lord.” Text: Bob Gillman, b. 1946. Music: Bob Gillman, b. 1946. Copyright 1977 Thankyou Music, admin (in Western Hemisphere) Integrity’s Hosanna! Music. (CCLI) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from CCLI with license #11114590.

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