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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

 

3rd Sunday after Michaelmass – October 16th, 2022

[Spiritual Armor]

Word and Sacrament :: p26 Christian Worship

Explanation of the Week: “‘Let there be light.’ And there was light” (Gen 1:1-2:3). The Father speaks, and it is so. His Word accomplishes what it says. He created all things out of nothing through His Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father’s creative Word became flesh in Jesus Christ, that He might restore fallen creation and save fallen man. To the nobleman whose son was deathly ill, Jesus says, “Go your way; your son lives” (John 4:46-54). And in the very hour Jesus spoke, the nobleman’s son was made well. The Word of Christ still accomplishes what it says. In baptism, absolution, and the Lord’s Supper, He declares His life-giving forgiveness to you, and it is so. This saving Word of God is the sword of the Spirit by which you are able to fight off all the onslaughts of the devil (Eph. 6:10-17). “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

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)

The whole world is in Your Power O LORD, King Almighty. There is no man that can resist Your Will.  You made heaven and earth and all this is in it: You are LORD of all!  …  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

“O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth” – Hymn 400 CW

 

(Please stand during the final verse)

 

P:  The grace of our Lord (+) Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all

C: And also with you.

HOLY ABSOLUTION

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

C: Who made heaven and earth.

P: God invites us to come into His presence to worship Him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.

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 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: Amen.

P: For all that we need in life, and for the wisdom to use all Your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C: (sing)  Lord, have mercy.

 

P: For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from Your love, and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

C: (sing) Christ, have mercy.

 

P: For the well-being of Your Holy Church in all the world, and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C: (sing) Lord, have mercy.

 

P: Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by Your power, and keep us in Your tender care.

C: (sing) Amen.

PRAYER and PRAISE

P:  The Works of the Lord are great and glorious; His name is worthy of praise.

In place of  “O Lord, Our Lord” the congregation sings

Hymn 264 “Glory be to God in Heaven”

P: The Lord be with you.

C: And with your Spirit.

P:  Bless we the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P:  Let us pray. …O Lord, keep Your household the Church in continual godliness that through Your protection she may be free from all adversities and devoutly given to serve You in good works; 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 – Genesis 1:1-2:3

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

    3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

    6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

    9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

    11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

    14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.  

    20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

    24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

    26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

    2.1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM OF THE DAY

Psalm 139b  ::  p 117   CW

 

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

O LORD; You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

THE SECOND READINGEphesians 6:10-17

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

P: The Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God.

VERSE OF THE DAY

P: Alleluia. Alleluia.  Before the mountains were brought forth or you brought forth the earth and the world: even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God! Alleluia.

C:  They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion: which cannot be removed,  but abides forever. Alleluia.

C: (sing)  Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. 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 … St. John 4:46-54

C: (sing) Glory be to you, O Lord!

THE GOSPEL READINGSt. John 4:46-54

46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”

    49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”

    50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”

    52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.

    54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.

 

P: The Gospel of our Lord.

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

(Please be seated)

Hymn of The Day

“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” – Hymn 203 CW

THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL

(please stand)

THE NICENE CREED

ALL:  I Believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, (*) maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

      And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, He came down from heaven, (*) was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate. He suffered death and was buried. On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.  

           I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who in unity with the Father and the Son is (*) worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. 

I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead and the (+) life of the world to come. Amen.

(Please be seated)

OFFERING

 

(please stand)

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P: Almighty and most merciful God, whose Name is a strong tower, into which righteousness runs and is safe, we beseech You, lift up the standard of Your Spirit against the Power of the enemy coming in upon us like a flood, and clothe us with the full armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, that we may be able to fight the fight of faith and so finish our course with joy in the great Day when Christ, the righteous Judge, shall appear, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

C: Amen

GOD'S SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION

P: The Lord be with you

C:  (sing) and also with you

P: Lift up your hearts

C:  (sing) We lift them up to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

C:  (sing) It is good and right so to do.

P: Praise to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. … [seasonal sentence]  …  Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ. To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.

(you may kneel if you so choose.)

SANCTUS

C: (sing) Holy, (*) holy, holy Lord God of heavenly hosts: heav'n and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he, (+) blessed is he, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

 

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

P: Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.   …   …    

LORD'S PRAYER

P: As our Savior 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.

P: The peace (+) of the Lord be with you always.

C: (sing)  Amen.

AGNUS DEI

C: (sing) O Christ, Lamb of God you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace. Amen.

(Please be seated)

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CHRIST'S BODY AND BLOOD                       

(Reception in the Lord's Supper indicates unity in confession and faith. If you have not communed previously with us, please refrain  from this holy communion until you have spoken to pastor.  We respectfully ask that only those who are members in good standing of Immanuel or our sister WELS  &  ELS  congregations approach the table of our Lord.)

(you may kneel at the supper if you so choose.)

DISTRIBUTION HYMNS

“What God Ordains Is Always Good”  –  Hymn 429 CW

&

“All Depends on Our Possessing” –  Hymn 421 CW

Prayer before approaching the Altar:

   O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who by the will of the Father with the Holy Spirit has given life to the world through Your death; by this, Your most holy Body and blood, deliver me from all my sins and from every evil, and enable me ever to abide in Your commandments, and allow me never to  be separated from You; who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer after returning from the Altar: 

Let Your Body which I have received and Your Blood which I have drunk, O Lord, cleave to my members; and grant that no sin remain in me, whom you have refreshed with a pure and holy sacrament; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Come quickly Lord Jesus. Amen.

(Please stand)

THANKSGIVING

In place of “Thank the Lord” the Congregation sings

Hymn 616 CW – “Feed Your Children God Most Holy”

P:  Hear the prayer of Your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify You in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of Your son may long for His coming again, and that all who have received in His true Body and Blood the pledge of Your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (Sing)  Amen.

BENEDICTION

P: The Lord be with you. 

C: And with your Spirit. 

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

“Be Still, My Soul”  –  Hymn 415 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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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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Likewise, if faith, as our hand, is to receive anything from God, we must not seek it outside the Word and without the Word, out of the air as it were, but receive [it] from the hand of God, which He opens in the Word and Sacraments alone, offering us the fullness of His grace.  For God has determined to deal with us at this point through the Word of the Gospel and the Sacraments.  Rom 10:17 / Titus 3:5

Enchridion / Lord's Supper; paragraph 155 : Martin Chemnitz

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For we believe, teach, and confess that it is only Through the Holy Spirit's Means of Grace – ie. Preached Word and Administered Sacraments – that God works faith in the Hearts of men as He chooses.  (Augustana V) - - Therefore, as Confessional Lutherans, instead of just talking about Christ, we bring / invite people to the very place where Christ promises to do His work of salvation … ie. … the Divine Service.

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 If you would like Private Absolution & Communion

please contact Pastor : (608)343-9555

 

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Bible Class  Sunday 9:00am Fellowship Center

 

Confirmation Class  Monday 3:30pm  Fellowship Center

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LWMS (Alpha Circuit) Fall Rally

Saturday, October 29  @  9:30am + Immanuel, South Lyon

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October Birthdays

Tom Nielson  10/13

Stephanie Johnson 10/18

Denise Irvine  10/21

Michelle Michelsen 10/23

October Anniversaries

Brett & Jama Anderson  10/21

October Organist

 2nd Melissa

9th Deb

16th Melissa

23rd Melissa

30th Deb

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   Last Week's Attendance & Giving:   34( 13 Commune)

  Weekly Budgetary Needs Through Last Week

Weekly Need: $2,940

Weekly Offering: $3,455

Difference: +$515

Year to Date Need: $120,639

YTD actual: $88,135

YTD difference: -$32,444

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Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity

John 4:46-54

11.      As if he would say: "Yes, you must hasten and come and yourself be present, or my son will die.” Here Christ now bestows upon him a stronger faith, as God does upon all whom He strengthens in faith, and raise him thus to a higher degree of plain that he may become strong and believe in a different way than he did before; and He speaks thus to the father” "Go thy way; thy son liveth."

12.     Had He thus said to him before that his son would live, he would have been unable to believe; but now he believes when faith springs forth in his heart and begets in him another faith, so that he becomes a different man. Therefore the Lord adds to his great rebuke – great strength. For, he must now cling to that which he does not see; for he did not before believe that Christ had such power and influence that He could heal his son when he did not see Him and was not present with Him. It is truly strong faith, that a heart can believe what it does not see and understand, contrary to all the senses and reason, and can cling only to God's Word. Here there is nothing manifest except that he believed, otherwise he would have received no help. In faith one must look to nothing but the Word of God. Whoever permits anything else to be pictured in his eyes is already lost. Faith clings to the naked and pure Word, neither to his works nor to its merits. If your heart does not thus stand naked, your cause is lost.

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