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



to all who have attended God's Service this morning.  If you are visiting please sign the Guest Sheet in the Narthex.  If you happen to have any questions about our Parish or are looking for a new church home, you are encouraged to either speak with the pastor following the service or may call him at the above number.


April 17th, 2022 – THE VIGIL OF EASTER

On Good Friday we moved from light to darkness and silence.  Now we wait (vigil) for the Lord's Light to dispel all darkness.  As God led Israel out of the darkness of slavery in Egypt, as he brought Christ from the Grave, so we rejoice that he has called us out of spiritual darkness to the light of Christ. We assemble here in the House of the Lord and enter to sounds of Joy.


This is the oldest of all candlelight services and teaches Christians that our Lord is the Light of the World, who dispenses the darkness of sin and death, and who shines brightly as the Light of Faith.


M:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And with your Spirit.


M:  Let us pray.  O God, who through your Son, the true corner-stone, has bestowed the fire of your glory on your faithful people: bless we beseech you, our faith and those who keep this joyful Easter Festival; and grant to us that we may be so burning with desire for life with you, that we may be found rightly prepared to share with you in the Feast of Eternal Lights, through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit; one God, now and forever.

C:  Amen.

Opening Hymn: 

Hymn 142   “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain”

(please stand)


M:  Christ Jesus, the same yesterday and today.

C:  The beginning and the end.


M:  He is The Alpha; He is the Omega; His are the seasons and the 


C:  To Him, glory and dominion now and forever.  Amen.

M:  By His wounds holy and glorious; may He guard and preserve

us; Christ the Lord. 

C:  Amen.


M:  May the Light of Christ, risen in glory from the dead, scatter all the darkness of our hearts and minds.  The Lord be with you:

C:  And with your Spirit.


M:  Let us pray:  Almighty God, who so wondrously renews life through the Light of your Son:  pour out, we beseech you, the abundance of your blessing upon us this most holy day; so that your nourishing and life-giving Gospel may shine upon us, and thereby relieve us from all the deceits and assaults of the devil while bringing us, at last to the fullness of your heavenly glories, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C:  Amen.


M:  Behold, The Light of Christ.

C:  Thanks be to God!


M:  Rejoice now all you heavenly choirs of angels; rejoice now all creation; sound forth, trumpet of salvation, and proclaim the triumph of our King.  Rejoice too, all the earth, in the radiance of the light now poured upon you and made brilliant by the brightness of the Everlasting King; know that the ancient darkness has been forever banished.  Rejoice, O Church of Christ, clothed in the rightness of this light; let all this house of God ring out with rejoicing, with the praises of all God's faithful people.



Hymn 144   “Christ Is Arisen”


(you may be seated)



Traditionally, on Easter morning, between four and eleven Old Testament prophecies were read.  Each prophecy emphasizes the Easter life and deliverance given in the waters of Holy Baptism.  Today we use only three of the readings.

The First Prophecy + Genesis 1:1-2:2 (read by pastor)

M:  We pray: O God, who in a wondrous manner created the human race and still more wondrously redeemed the same; mercifully grant, we beseech you, that we may be conformed to the image of your Son who came to share our humanity, through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who live and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


Congregational Response:

Hymn 736  v1-2  “All Christians Who Have Been Baptized”

The Second Prophecy + Exodus 14:10-31 (read by pastor)

M:  We pray:  O God, who has ordained that your mighty works of old should enlighten our present generation, and who, by the mighty defense of your right hand, delivered your people from persecution in the land of Egypt and thereby prefigured the salvation of all nations by the washing of Holy Baptism: grant we pray you; that the fullness of all mankind, being delivered from its present bondage, may by the same Sacrament be made sons of Abraham and share in the promises of your true Israel, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Congregational Response:

Hymn 736  v3-4  “All Christians Who Have Been Baptized”



The Third Prophecy + Ezekiel 36:24-28 (read by pastor)

M:  We pray:  Almighty and everlasting God, in the miracle of Easter You raised Your Son for our justification and through him gave us a new heart and spirit. Continue to strengthen us through Your Spirit, that our hearts might be built and sustained in the One True Faith and daily confess with our lips, “Jesus Christ is Lord” to the glory of the Father.  Amen.

Congregational Response:

Hymn 736  v5-6  “All Christians Who Have Been Baptized”



M:  The Lord be with you

C:  And with your Spirit.

M:  Bless we the Lord:

C:  Thanks be to God.


M:  We pray … Almighty God, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. We humbly pray that we may live before You in righteousness and purity now and forever in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Lord have mercy on us.  Christ have mercy on us.  Lord, have mercy on us.


M:  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.  This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  O Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever!  Christ is risen!

C:  He is risen indeed.  Alleluia!


M:  O God, who on this most holy day sent forth the glorious light of the Resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: We beseech You to preserve in all Your people the spirit of adoption which You have given; so that, renewed both in body and soul, they may continually serve You in purity of heart, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit: one God now and forever.


M:  A reading from the epistle of St Paul to the Colossians: [Colossians 3:1-4]


M: Brethren, If you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.


M:  The Word of the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.  Alleluia!

Congregational Alleluia:

Hymn 154  “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks”


Please stand for the Gospel.  Turn to the center aisle to face the Gospel Procession as the Gospel is read in the midst of the people.   Jesus Christ became man and lived among us as he accomplished our salvation as our Savior.

M:  O Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good:

C:  His mercy endures forever


M:  Oh, praise the Lord all you Gentiles:

C:  Laud Him all you peoples!


M:  For His merciful kindness is great toward us:

C:  And the Truth of the Lord endures forever


M:  The reading of the Gospel according to [St.Matthew 27:57-66]

C:  Glory be to you O Lord

M:  57 Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. 59 When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. 61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting [a]opposite the tomb.

     62 On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, 63 saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come [b]by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.”

     65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.


M:  The Gospel of our Lord.

C:  Praise be to you, O Christ.

Sermon Hymn

Hymn 156 v1-3  “Awake My Heart With Gladness”



Sermon Hymn

Hymn 156 v4-5  “Awake My Heart With Gladness”




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.



M:  We beseech You, O Lord, mercifully to accept the prayers and actions of Your people: that this paschal mystery which has begun; may by Your grace be a wholesome medicine for us unto everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and forever.


M:  The Lord be with You.

C:  And with Your Spirit.


M:  Bless we the Lord

C:  Thanks be to God.


M:  Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed , took bread, and when He had blessed and + given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said:    “Take, eat; THIS IS MY BODY, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me.”


In the same way also, He took the cup after supper, and when He had + given thanks, He gave it to them saying:  “Drink of it, all of you; THIS IS MY BLOOD of the new Testament, which is shed for you for the remission of sins.  This do as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”


(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 Hymn: 

Hymn 166  –  “The Day of Resurrection”


Hymn 164 – “Today in Triumph Christ Arose





M:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And with Your spirit.


M:  We beseech You, O Lord: pour into our hearts the love of Your Holy Spirit; that as you have now satisfied us with this Supper, You would make us to continue in all godly unity, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord; who lives and reign with You and the Holy Spirit: one God, now and forever.


M:  Alleluia.  Christ Is Risen!

C:  He is risen Indeed. Alleluia!


M:  The Lord bless you and keep you.

      The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

      The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

C:  Amen.

Closing Hymn

Hymn 150  “Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Alleluia”

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Please continue celebrating our Savior's Resurrection

with us!  Easter Festival Service  –  10:00am