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

 

2nd Last Sunday of the Church Year –  November 13th, 2022

[Last Judgment]

Common Service – :: p15 Christian Worship

Communion immediately following the Divine Service

 

Explanation of the Week: : “Behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven!” (Dan 7:9-14). The Lord Jesus will return in glory on the Last Day with all His holy angels. “All the nations will be gathered before Him . . . And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left” (Matt 25:31-46). Those on His left will be cast into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For they rejected Christ by failing to receive and support His brethren, that is, the preachers of the Gospel. But those on His right will inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world. For they received and supported His brethren and believed what they preached. We believe in the promise of Christ’s coming, even it is delayed because of His longsuffering mercy. Conducting ourselves in godliness, knowing that this fallen creation will soon pass away, we look forward to “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:3-14).

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)

Save me, O God, by Your Name: Judge me by Your Strength.  Hear my prayer, O God, give ear to the words of my mouth. …  He shall reward evil to my enemies: cut them off in your truth. …  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.

OPENING HYMN

“In the Midst of Earthly Life” – Hymn 534 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.

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. …   O Lord, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of the end of all things and the day of Your just judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of living here and dwell with You forever hereafter; 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 – Daniel 7:9-14

9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; 10 A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.

    11 “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.

     13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM OF THE DAY

“Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God”  – Hymn 272 CW

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

HE shall call to the heavens from above:

and to the earth that HE may judge His people.

THE SECOND READING2 Peter 3:3-14

    3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

    8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

    10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

    14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;

P: The Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God.

VERSE OF THE DAY

P: Alleluia. Alleluia. The heavens declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself. Alleluia.

C:  The ransomed of the Lord shall come to Zion with everlasting joy upon their heads.

P:  They shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and weeping shall fly away. 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 … St. Matthew 25:31-46

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

THE GOSPEL READINGMatthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 

    37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

    41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

    44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

P: The Gospel of our 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

“Day of Wrath, Oh, Day of Mourning”  –  Hymn 209 CW 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.

OFFERING

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P: O Lord Jesus Christ, who will come again in majesty to judge the quick and the dead and call forth all who sleep in the graves, either to the resurrection of life or to the resurrection of condemnation, we beseech You to be gracious unto us and to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness, that, when we shall depart this life, we may rest in You, and, having been found acceptable in Your sight, may at the last be raised up to life everlasting, inherit the Kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world, and give You glory and praise, who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.  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 andthe glory forever and ever. Amen.

(Please be seated)

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!

HYMN OF THANKSGIVING

“I Walk in Danger All the Way” – Hymn 431 CW

(please stand for prayer)

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

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.

BENEDICTION

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

“I Leave All Things to God's Direction”  – Hymn 414 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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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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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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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 @ 3:45pm: Fellowship Center

Tuesday @4:45pm: Fellowship Center

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Thanksgiving Potluck :: Sunday, Nov 20 … follows Divine Service.

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Thanksgiving Eve Service  ::  Wed. November 23rd @ 7:00pm

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Wednesday Advent Soup & Vespers :: Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14, Dec 21

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November Birthdays

Ann Braun  11/3

Valerie Nielson  11/3

Carol Utkan  11/14

Bill Hogue  11/20

CJ Diver  11/24

Deb Smith  11/29

November Anniversaries

Al & Denise Irvine  11/5

Marty & Marilee Gibson  11/14

David & Konna Gallagher  11/27

Paul & Michelle Michelsen  11/27

November Organist

6 Barb

13 Melissa

20 Deb

23 Melissa

27 Melissa

30 Barb

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   Last Week's Attendance & Giving:   42 ( 39 Commune)

    

Weekly Budgetary Needs Through Last Week

Weekly Need: $2,940

Weekly Offering: $2,148

Difference: -$792

Year to Date Need: $132,399

YTD actual: $110,547

YTD difference: -$21,852

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2nd Last Sunday of Church Year –  Matthew 25:31-46

For there are certainly souls who are joyfully and with a good conscience awaiting the judgement of Christ; for they are in the rank and fellowship of those who believe in Christ, and who show fruits of faith through charity and beneficence toward the poor, or through patience in suffering with them. For, as I have said, he who does not have faith will not do works of mercy to Christians, but he who does them, will do them because he believes that he has a faithful Savior and Redeemer in Christ, who has reconciled him to God. Therefore he must have also a kind, loving heart toward his neighbors, even toward his enemies and serve them in every time of need. Yea, he endures also, as I have just said, those things which come upon him from the world and the devil on account of his faith.

               Whosoever is thus minded, I say, let him be joyful and of good courage; for he has already the blessed and joyful verdict: Come, thou blessed one, for thou hast also been one of the least of my brethren, who hast thyself suffered hunger and thirst, or who hast served the other hungry and thirsty ones, and hast shown mercy, as I have done.

Sermons of Martin Luther - The Church Postils