May 16, 2021

Seventh Sunday of Easter


The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Christ is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

PROCESSIONAL HYMN Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (ELW 843)

1 Praise the One who breaks the darkness

with a liberating light;

praise the One who frees the pris'ners,

turning blindness into sight.

Praise the One who preached the gospel,

healing ev'ry dread disease,

calming storms and feeding thousands

with the very bread of peace.

2 Praise the One who blessed the children

with a strong yet gentle word;

praise the One who drove out demons

with a piercing, two-edged sword.

Praise the One who brings cool water

to the desert's burning sand;

from this well comes living water

quenching thirst in ev'ry land.

3 Praise the one true love incarnate:

Christ, who suffered in our place;

Jesus died and rose for many

that we may know God by grace.

Let us sing for joy and gladness,

seeing what our God has done.

Praise the one redeeming glory;

praise the One who makes us one.



The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other.

The grace of our risen Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.


In peace, in peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

For the reign of God, and for peace throughout the world,

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

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

For your people here who have come to give you praise,

for the strength to live your word, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, and defend us, O God.




Now the feast and celebration,

all of creation sings for joy

to the God of life and love and freedom;

praise and glory forevermore!

1 Now is the feast of the Lamb once slain,

whose blood has freed and united us

to be one great people of God. Refrain

2 Power and riches, wisdom and might,

all honor and glory to Christ forever. Refrain

3 For God has come to dwell with us,

to make us people of God;

to make all things new. Refrain


The presiding minister leads the prayer of the day.

Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept before the prayer.

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.


The assembly is seated.


God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.

FIRST READING: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

A reading from Acts.

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.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING: 1 John 5:9-13

A reading from 1 John.

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.

Word of God, word of life.

Thanks be to God.


The assembly stands to welcome the gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia! Lord to whom shall we go?

You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia!

GOSPEL: John 17:6-19

The holy gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

[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.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON: Rev. Joe Schultz

HYMN OF THE DAY Rise, O Sun of Righteousness (ELW 657)

1 Rise, O Sun of righteousness;

with your might creation bless.

Shine upon your church today,

showing all your gentle way.

Have mercy, Lord.

2 Rouse our hearts from slumber deep;

may your word within us leap.

Give us voices to proclaim

praises to your holy name.

Have mercy, Lord.

3 Gather in your scattered flock;

give us water from the rock.

Bless the unity we share

in our shepherd's loving care.

Have mercy, Lord.

4 Burst the bars of stubborn pride;

make the heav'nly pathway wide.

Raise us up from sin and death

with your Spirit's living breath.

Have mercy, Lord.

5 Honor, praise, and glory be

to the holy Trinity!

May your gracious will be done:

make us one, as you are one.

Have mercy, Lord.


The presiding minister addresses the assembly:

Dear friends, we give thanks for the gift of baptism and for these people, one with us in the body of Christ, who are making public affirmation of their baptism.

A sponsor presents the confirmands:

I present the following people, who have been instructed in the Christian faith and desire to make public affirmation of their baptism:

Those making affirmation proceed forward as their name is called, making the sign of the cross--the sign marked at baptism--in front of the font. After answering their questions, each confirmand proceeds to the altar and lights a candle before joining their parents at the altar rail.

Maggie Gatz

Amanda Gatz

Rebecca Dupke

Zoe Zawada

Claire Brubaker

Grady Bridges

Toby Burkum

Jacob Sarnowski

Wyatt Schmisser

Let us pray.

Merciful God, we thank you for these sisters and brothers,

whom you have made your own by water and the Word in baptism.

You have called them to yourself,

enlightened them with the gifts of your Spirit,

and nourished them in the community of faith.

Uphold your servants in the gifts and promises of baptism,

and unite the hearts of all whom you have brought to new birth.

We ask this in the name of Christ.



All stand.

The minister addresses those who have been presented.
I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we baptize.

Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God?
I renounce them.

Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God?
I renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?
I renounce them.

Do you believe in God the Father?

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.*

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen


Let us pray for those who are affirming their Baptism, and for all the baptized everywhere:

That they may be redeemed from all evil and rescued from the way of sin and death,

That the Holy Spirit may open their hearts to your grace and truth,

That they may be kept in the faith and communion of your holy Church,

That they may be sent into the world in witness to your love,

That they may be brought to the fullness of your peace and glory:

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Additional prayers for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation may be offered.


The minister addresses those making affirmation.

You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism:

to live among God’s faithful people,

to hear his Word and share in his supper,

to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,

to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus,

and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.

People of God, do you promise to support these sisters and brothers and pray for them in their life in Christ?

We do, and we ask God to help and guide us.

Those making affirmation kneel. A brief silence is kept so that prayer may be made for them.

Let us pray.

We give you thanks, O God, that through water and the Holy Spirit you give us new birth, cleanse us from sin, and raise us to eternal life.

The presiding minister offers a blessing to each person making affirmation.

Let us rejoice with these sisters and brothers in Christ.

We rejoice with you in the life of baptism.

Together we will give thanks and praise to God

and proclaim the good news to all the world.

PEACE (ELW p. 143)

The peace of Christ be with you always.

And also with you.


The Lord be with you.        

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.        

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

The thanksgiving continues with the preface for the day or season.


Holy, holy, holy are you,

God of power and might:

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is the one who comes in your name.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


The presiding minister continues, using an appropriate form.

...we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

...grace our table with your presence.

Come, Holy Spirit.


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 risen Christ invites us to this table.

Come, eat and be satisfied.

Thanks be to God.


The congregation is invited to partake in the meal from where they are seated or to take the elements with them as they leave.

The body of Christ, given for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.



Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world;

have mercy on us, mercy on us, mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you broke the bonds of sin and of death;

have mercy on us, mercy on us, mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;

grant us peace, grant us peace, grant us peace.

After all have communed, the minister may say these or similar words.

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.



Let us pray.

Wellspring of joy,

through this meal 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.



God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.


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 SONG O Jesus, I Have Promised (ELW 810)

1 O Jesus, I have promised

to serve you to the end;

remain forever near me,

my master and my friend.

I shall not fear the battle

if you are by my side,

nor wander from the pathway

if you will be my guide.

2 Oh, let me feel you near me;

the world is ever near.

I see the sights that dazzle,

the tempting sounds I hear.

My foes are ever near me,

around me and within;

but, Jesus, then draw nearer

to shield my soul from sin.

3 Oh, let me hear you speaking

in accents clear and still

above the storms of passion,

the murmurs of self-will.

Now speak to reassure me,

to hasten or control;

now speak and make me listen,

O Guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, you have promised

to all who follow you

that where you are in glory

your servant shall be too.

And Jesus, I have promised

to serve you to the end;

oh, give me grace to follow,

my master and my friend.


Alleluia! Christ is risen.

Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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