Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

330 E. Liberty Street + South Lyon, Michigan 48178

Reverend Matthew C. Minzlaff, Pastor

office # (248) 437 -1651  /  cell #  (608) 343-9555

 

WELCOME

TO OUR GUESTS  We welcome you in the Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are pleased  that you have gathered with us to receive God's Service in preached Word and Administered Sacraments. Please sign our guest book and visit with us following the Service.  We look forward to getting to know you and to having the opportunity to worship with you again in the near future. 

 

Holy Communion!

Jesus gave his Supper to his Church as a precious gift, and we do not take it lightly!  According to scripture, every communicant receives the true body and blood of Jesus Christ-together with he bread and wine (1 Cor. 10:16).  In the Sacrament, repentant communicants receive forgiveness of all sin (Mt26:26-28)  Impenitent communicants become guilty of the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor. 11:27-28). By communing together we publicly confess our common faith in ALL teachings of the Bible (1 Cor 10:17-18).  If you are not a member of this congregation, or a sister WELS or ELS congregation, we ask you to speak privately with our pastor before communing.  He will be glad to explain our Biblical communion practice, and how you may prepare to join us in the sacrament (1Cor 11:28-29).  Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter!


 

The Divine Service is about God coming to us to bless us with forgiveness, deliver us from death and the devil, and to grant us eternal salvation. We have entered this building to meet God. God is not found in Jerusalem  or on the tree of the cross, or in heaven, but at His altar in His Word and Sacrament.  He comes in His flesh and blood, living, for you!  He comes to build you in New Life. 

 

Therefore, right here and right now heaven comes down to earth with all of its benefits.  God is really present to commune with you. Here is where the earthly church gathers with the heavenly church to give thanks to Jesus and receive His benefits. We are not worthy of this great honor, yet our God gathers us into His embrace once again; God is merciful to us solely for the sake of Jesus.

 

At the points marked with a cross (+) is laudable to make the sign of the cross to remember our Baptism into Christ Jesus. We are His children, lambs, and dearly beloved Bride.

At this sign (*) it is laudable to bow, recognizing the Lord's coming for us. As we bow, we recognize our unworthiness to be in God's presence, But our King is gracious!

GOD'S SERVICE

17th Sunday after Trinity –  September 26, 2021

[The Humbled are Exalted … Friend, go up higher!]

Common Service :: p15 Christian Worship

[Communion immediately following the Divine Service]

 

Explanation of the Week: "Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king" (Prov 25:6-14). Rather, take the lowest position at the table. Humble yourself before Him. For your place is not for you to take but for Him to give. Conduct yourself with all lowliness and gentleness, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:1-6), that the King may give you glory in the presence of those at the table with you. "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 14:1-11). Is this not the way of Christ? He is the one who took the lowest place, who humbled Himself even to the point of death for us. He is now exalted to the highest place at the right hand of the Father that penitent believers may be exalted together with Him in the resurrection. To the humble at His Supper He says, "Friend, go up higher," giving you His very body and blood for your forgiveness that you may ascend to take part in the great wedding feast which has no end.

Silent Prayer

Ask God to graciously open your heart  to joyfully receive Jesus and all His benefits in Word and Supper. Pray that His gracious presence may dwell in you an, plead Your own cause; do not forget the voice of Your enemies. O God, why have You cast us off forever so forgive you, comfort you,  and deliver you from all harm and danger to soul and body.

THE PREPARATION

VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL :: (Spoken by Pastor)

Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments. Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy.  …  Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord …   Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be forevermore.  Amen.

 

OPENING HYMN

“We All Believe in One True God” – Hymn 270 CW

 

(Please stand during the final verse)

 

P: In the name of the Father and of (+) Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.


 

HOLY ABSOLUTION

 

P: It is by God's grace alone that I approach the altar of God

C: God is my exceeding joy.

 

P: Our (+) help is in the name of the Lord.

C: Who made heaven and earth.

P: Beloved in the Lord … Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

 

during a period of silence, call to mind your sinfulness 

and those sins you have committed against the ten commandments.

 

(you may kneel if you so choose.)

ALL: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.  For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.  But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

 

P:  God our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for all our sins. Therefore, upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office as a called and ordained servant of the Word, in His stead and by His command announce the grace of God unto you;  I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.  

C: Amen.

 

KYRIE

C: (sing)  Lord have mercy on us.  Christ have mercy on us.  Lord have mercy on us.

 

P: God our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for all our sins. Therefore, upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office as a called and ordained servant of Christ, in His stead and by His command announce the grace of God unto you;  I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the (+) Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C: (sing) Amen.

PRAYER AND PRAISE

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS

P:  In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.

C:  (sing) Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  We praise you, we bless you, we (*) worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you, for your great glory, O Lord God, heav'nly King, God the Father almighty.  O Lord, the only begotten Son, (*) Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer.  You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us.  For you only are holy; you only are the Lord.  You only, (*) O Christ, with the Holy Spirit, are most high in the Glory of God the Father.  Amen.

P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  (sing) And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P:  Let us pray. …  Lord, we implore You, grant Your people grace to withstand the temptations of the devil and with pure hearts and minds to follow You, the only God; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (sing) Amen.

 

(Please be seated)


 

GOD'S SERVICE OF THE WORD

 

VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL :: (Spoken by Pastor)

Alleluia.  Blessed be the Lord God of our Fathers: 

praise Him and Highly exalt Him forever. Alleluia.

THE FIRST READING – Proverbs 25:6-14

6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,

And do not stand in the place of the great;

7 For it is better that he say to you,

“Come up here,”

Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,

Whom your eyes have seen.

     8 Do not go hastily to court;

For what will you do in the end,

When your neighbor has put you to shame?

9 Debate your case with your neighbor,

And do not disclose the secret to another;

10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame,

And your reputation be ruined.

     11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold

In settings of silver.

12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold

Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

     13 Like the cold of snow in time of harvest

Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,

For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

     14 Whoever falsely boasts of giving

Is like clouds and wind without rain.

P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM OF THE DAY

Psalm 143 – page  118 CW 

 

VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL:: (Spoken by Pastor)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.  By the word of the LORD the heav’ns were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.



 

THE SECOND READING – Ephesians 4;1-6

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 

P: The Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God.

 

VERSE OF THE DAY

P: Alleluia. Alleluia. I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my 

     supplications.  Alleluia.

C: (sing) Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

(Please stand)

The Gospel is read from the center of the congregation to symbolize that Jesus lived among us as He accomplished our salvation as our Savior; He died for us. He rose as He said.  He lives! He ascended into heaven. And now, until He returns to take us to our heavenly home, He comes to us today and sustains us through His Spirit's means of grace alone.

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And with Your Spirit.

 

P: Bless we the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.

 

P: The continuation of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (*)according to … … Luke 14:1-11


 

THE GOSPEL READING – Luke 14:1-11

     14 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

 

     4 But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. 5 Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” 6 And they could not answer Him regarding these things.

     7 So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8 “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord.

C: (sing) Praise be to you, O Christ

 

THE APOSTLES CREED

ALL:  I believe in God, (*) the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

            I believe in  Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was (*) conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.

           I believe in the (*)Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the (+) life everlasting. Amen.

(Please be seated)

HYMN OF THE DAY

“Seek Where You May to Find a Way”  –  Hymn 395 CW

 

 

THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL

 

(please stand)

OFFERTORY

C: (sing) Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with your free Spirit.  Amen.

(Please be seated)

OFFERING

(Please stand)

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P: Lord God, heavenly Father: We beseech You so to guide and direct us Your Holy Spirit that we may not exalt ourselves, but humbly fear You, with our whole hearts hear and keep Your Word, and keep the day of rest holy, that we also may be sanctified by Your Holy Word; help us, first to place our hope and confidence in Your Son, Jesus Christ, who alone is our righteousness and redeemer,a nd then, so to amend and better our lives in accordance with Your Word, that we may avoid all offenses and finally obtain eternal salvation; through Your grace in Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.

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LORD'S PRAYER

P: As our Savior has commanded and taught us, we are bold to pray:

ALL:  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 Historic / Confessional Practice of the Christian Church

Historically, Scripturally, and Confessionally, since the time of the Apostles, the Holy Christian Church celebrated the divine service, not only rejoicing to receive the Service of Word preached when it gathered together, but joyously continuing on to celebrate the Service of the Sacrament where Christ intimately unites Himself to his Bride, the Church. Christ never gave a portion of Himself to His Bride, but all of Himself.  He Spoke AND ate with sinners, he out-poured the promise of salvation and It's beautiful promise to men, inviting them to receive him; and then served  His beloved  those benefits at His feast.

 I, as Christ's under-shepherd, invite you to celebrate the feast of Christ's body and blood following the benediction and blessing.(We respectfully ask that only those who are members in good standing at Immanuel or our sister WELS or ELS congregations approach the table of our Lord.)

   Please come and join with your fellow brothers and sisters in receiving the benefits you just heard of from the pulpit at the Table Christ prepared for you!

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So do not despise any absolution that God sets up, whether public or private; the more you have of God's Word the better it is." -- Luther, "Receiving Both Kinds in the Sacrament" (1522), Luther's Works 36:258

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HYMN OF THANKSGIVING

“I Know My Faith Is Founded” – Hymn 403 CW

 

P:  Almighty God, grant to Your Church the Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes from above. Let nothing hinder Your word from being freely proclaimed to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people, so that we may serve You in steadfast faith and confess Your name as long as we live; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C: (sing) Amen.

 

P: The Lord be with you. 

C:  And with your Spirit. 

 

P: Bless we the Lord

C:  Thanks be to God. 

 

P:  The Lord bless you and keep you.  

      The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  

      The Lord look on you with favor and give you (+) peace.

C:  (sing)  Amen.  Amen.  Amen. 

CLOSING HYMN

“Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide”  – Hymn 541 CW

Silent Prayer

Give thanks to God and bless His Name for, having given himself to you in His Gospel preaching and Sacrament; our gracious God has forgiven you, comforted you, and delivered You from all harm and danger. Pray that you remain in Christ just as He is in you.

 

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Announcements

 

Confirmation Class - Mondays at 3:30pm

No class September 27th    Class resumes October 4th

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If you  would like private absolution & communion;

 call or text Pastor to set up an appointment @ 608-343-9555

 

September Birthdays

9/1 Blaine Smith

9/3 Melissa Minzlaff

9/8  Ava Koroly

9/15  Paul Michelsen

9/24  John Keast

9/27  Ingrid Schrader

9/29 Patrick McLaughlin
 

September Anniversaries

9/1  Jeff & Betty Anderson

9/4  Dennis & Deb Smith

9/13 George & Kelly Irwin


 

September  Organists

Sept 5 Barb

Sept 12 Deb

Sept 19 Melissa

Sept 26 Barb

USHERS & TELLERS

Please see the Usher/Teller Schedule in the Sacristy or via e-news

 

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  Last Week's Attendance & Giving:        (        Commune)                    

 

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