Exaudi—Sunday after Ascension
16 May 2021
The Spirit of Truth Bears Witness to Jesus
The Spirit of Truth bears witness to Jesus, who is the truth. But the world does not receive the truth. It loves its own and hates those who are of the truth. Just as Jesus was scorned, so is His Church. “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God” (St. John 16.2). Yet it is by Jesus’ suffering and death that we are saved. Therefore we rejoice to share in His sufferings, that we may also share in His resurrection glory (1 Peter 4.7–14). Through the ministry of the Spirit of Truth, we are cleansed from the deceit of our idols and given a new heart and a new spirit, the heart and Spirit of Christ (Ezekiel 36.22–28). He now works in us fervent, self-giving love for one another, love which covers a multitude of sins, “that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4.11).
Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Doug Toth.
Adult Bible Class meets every Sunday at 9am in the Parish Center, studying St. Luke 6, the “Sermon on the Plain.” Wednesday Morning bible class meets at 9am in the Church Library, studying the last five chapters of 2 Samuel and the reign of King David, through the end of May.
Vacation Bible School Summer is quickly approaching, which means that Vacation Bible School will soon be here. Do you have a child, grandchild, friend, neighbor from age 2 to 5th grade? If so, we would love for them to join us June 14-18: Ages 2-Kindergarten VBS will be late mornings, Grades 1-5 VBS will be in the evenings. We will pray, worship, and study God’s Word, make crafts, play games, and enjoy snacks during our time together. Register on the main page of our website: www.ielcth.org. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, you can talk to Vicar or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Members of Immanuel are cordially invited by Pastor and Mrs. Sutton to a graduation reception in honor of Noah Jacob Sutton, to be held at Immanuel’s shelter house behind the Church on Saturday, May 29, 5-8 PM.
Expert Guests, Expansive Topics, Extolling Christ Issues, Etc. is a talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen to expert guests discuss: The Church’s Response to Transgenderism, Infant Baptism, Natural Law, The Bodily Resurrection of Christ, Western Civilization, Revisionist History and more. You can listen on-demand at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
Prepare for Next Sunday
Genesis 11.1–9; Acts 2.1–21; St. John 14.23–31
Hymns: TLH 235 – 497 – 501 – 500 – 503 – 768
Order of Daily Prayer
L Make haste, O X God, to deliver me.
R Make haste to help me, O Lord.
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. Alleluia!
[S] from Divine Service
[M] St. John 10.17-21; Zechariah 13.1-9
[T] St. John 10.22-31; Zechariah 14.1-21
[W] St. John 10.32-42; Isaiah 66.10-24
[Th] St. John 11.1-27; Jeremiah 46.25-28
[F] St. John 11.28-44; Isaiah 32.9-20
[S] St. John 11.45-57; Isaiah 57.15-21
Hymn of the Day or Month Christ is the World’s Redeemer (539)
Kyrie: L Lord, have mercy upon us; R Christ, have mercy upon us; Lord, have mercy upon us.
Collect of the Day (bulletin)
Luther’s Morning or Evening Prayer
L Bless we the Lord. R Thanks be to God.