Bulletin for Sunday May 24, 2020




“God with us”


Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

330 E. Liberty Street + South Lyon, Michigan 48178

Reverend Matthew C. Minzlaff, Pastor

church #  (248) 437-1651         cell #  (608) 343-9555



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 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. 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, speaks of His love and then gives us Hi s love; 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!




Sunday after the Ascension– May 24th, 2020

[Exaudi –  The Expectant Church]

Common Service –  :: p15 Christian Worship

Communion will follow the Benediction and Dismissal



Explanation for the Week: The Spirit of truth testifies of 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 time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service." (Jn 15:26 16:4) 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 Pet 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. (Ezek 36:22-28) He is now at work in us to have fervent, self-giving love for one another, love which covers a multitude of sins, "that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."



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 and so forgive you, comfort you,  and deliver you from all harm and danger to soul and body.






As God's

Children we

Enter into

His presence

To receive His




VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL :: (Pastor)

  Hear, O God, when I cry with my voice. Alleluia!  The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear?  When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You: “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”  Do not hide Your face from me.   …  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.



“This Joyful Eastertide” – 160 CW

(Please stand during the final verse)



You're Baptized

You are Jesus'


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

C:  Amen.




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.




We are

Unworthy to

Enter God's


Unless He

Forgives us.

(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.



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





His Called


And For Jesus

Sake alone

Your sin is


What you have

On earth you

Have in heaven

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 all of 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.





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.





Confident of

God's Mercy

We come to

Him in prayer

P:  Let us pray. …  O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C:   (sing) Amen.


(Please be seated)





VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL :: (Pastor)

Alleluia. Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us!  Alleluia.


THE FIRST READING – Ezekiel 36: 22-28

    22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. 28 You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.


P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.



“Arise, My Soul, Arise” – 244 CW


VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL:: (Pastor)

The LORD is the strength of my life;  of whom shall I be afraid?  Teach me Your way, O LORD, do not deliver me to the will of my  adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence.


THE SECOND READING – 1 Peter 4:7-11

    7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.



P: The Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God.



P:  Alleluia. Christ is Risen.

C:  He is risen Indeed.  Alleluia. 

P:  Christ who has redeemed us with His blood, and has appeared unto us. Alleluia.  …  I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.  …  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.


Gospel Reading

Is the culmination

Of God's Service

Of the Word.


C: And with your spirit.


P: The continuation of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (*)according to … … St. John 15:26-16:4

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


THE GOSPEL READING – John 15:26 – 16:4

    26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

    16 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.

    “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.



P: The Gospel of our Lord.

C:  (sing) Praise be to You, O Christ.


The Creed

This faith is not

Our own

Many shed their

Blood for this

Faith. Here

we show

Our unity with

Christians of

All times and




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.



Is NOT a

Lesson on


It applies the

Truths of the

Gospel to you and.

Then preaches

The repentant child

Of God to the

Altar to receive

The fulfillment of

 God's promise.

          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)



“If God Had Not Been on Our Side”  – Hymn 202  CW



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We have

Received the

Word Of  Life

And the Invitation

To receive Christ's

Benefits; this song

Turns our attention

The the very place

Christ has prepared

To serve us those

Benefits. He

Restores Us at His




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)





(Please stand)





P: Lord God, Heavenly Father, we give  thanks to You, that through Your Holy Spirit You have appointed us to bear witness of Your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: We beseech You, inasmuch as the world cannot endure such testimony and persecutes us in every way, grant us courage and comfort, that we may not be offended because of the cross, but continue steadfastly in Your testimony, and be always found among those who know You and Your Son, until we obtain eternal salvation through the same, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and  forever.  Amen.


+++ Intercessory prayers may follow +++




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



Service of the


This is what

The service

Of the Word

Has been

Pointing us

Toward. Here

we have The

second peak

And Pinnacle

Of God's service.

Christ now acts

out His love in

our very

Presence. He

Gives us Himself.

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.

(you may 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.

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!



“Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared”  –  Hymn 312 CW


(please stand for prayer)



P:  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, 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.



We cannot

Remain here.

Blessed by the

Lord we depart

With Christ to

Live as His



Awating His



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.



“On Christ's Ascension I Now Build” – Hymn 173 CW



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.  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. ( Augustana; Art. V)




--- Announcements ---


During this Pandemic Crisis :: COVID-19

RECONVENING In Person Divine Service  By God's grace, on Sunday, May 31st @  10:00am we'll join together.

Please see the letter in the enews …

later this week there will be a “tutorial” on what to expect when we reopen.


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We will still be streaming / posting our services when we slowly return to normal operations.  on  our Facebook Page … Immanuel Lutheran Church South Lyon – WELS.

Sunday Divine Service: @ 10:00am


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If you  would like private absolution & communion;

 call or text Pastor to set up an appointment

@ 608-343-9555


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If you have an offering to support the ongoing ministry of the church during this time … please feel free to mail your offering to the church or drop it off in the mail slot or offering plate @ church if you happen to be in the area.  Thank you.  And God's continued blessings be upon you.


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Semi Annual Meeting

The council have set the Meeting for  Sunday, July 26th, 2020

There will be no 1st quarter meeting.


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Last Week's Attendance & Giving: Sun. - Online service

                                             Wed. – Online service


Weekly Budgetary Needs

Weekly Need

Weekly Offering


Year to Date Need



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Sunday After the Ascension

Exaudi – The Expectant Church


[John 15:26-16:4]


         Who is the Comforter? He is the One who answers me when I cry with my voice. He is the One who says to me, Seek My face; and to whom my heart then replies, Thy face, Lord, I will seek. The Comforter is the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Ghost. But His face is Christ; that is, the revelation of His countenance is Christ. For the Comforter; says Christ here, shall testify of Me. Seek My face, He says; which is to say, seek Christ. But Christ also reveals the Father. Therefore to ponder the sacred Scriptures is to seek the face of the Spirit of Truth, to see His face is to see Christ, and to find Christ is to find the image of the Father, as Christ says, He who has seen Me has seen the Father. This is why no one can say, Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit. For Jesus is the Spirit's face, and the image of the Father. The three persons are one indivisible God. And though this is incomprehensible God is surrounded by mystery as incense surrounding an altar, yet He has made His excellent triune name known, has baptized us into it, and sustains us through His very hand just as he promised; through his ordained means by his ordained shepherds.


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Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

330 E. Liberty Street + South Lyon, Michigan 48178


The Seventh Sunday of Easter: Exaudi

The 24th Day of May, Anno Domini 2020

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