Bulletin for Sunday November 29, 2020

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

330 E. Liberty Street + South Lyon, Michigan 48178

Reverend Matthew C. Minzlaff, Pastor

office # (248) 437 -3389  /  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. 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!




Advent 1 –  Ad te Levavi  –  November 29th, 2020

[the Lord Comes to You] 

Common Service :: p15 Christian Worship


Explanation of the Week:  The new church year begins by focusing on the humble coming of our Lord. "Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey." Even as He was born in a lowly manger, so Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a beast of burden. For He bears the sin of the world. He is the Son of David riding to His enthronement on the cross, where He shows Himself to be "The Lord, our Righteousness" (Jer 23:5-8). Our Lord still comes in great humility to deliver His righteousness to us in the Word and Sacraments. Before receiving Christ's body and blood, we also sing, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Mt 21:1-9) And as we receive the Sacrament, we set our hearts on His return in glory, for "Our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed" (Rom 13:11-14).


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




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

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul; O my God, I trust in You. Let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed. Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Amen. 



“Rise, Arise” – Hymn  30 CW


(Please stand during the final verse)


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 hear 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.



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.




No “Gloria” or “Alleluia” will be sung.

They will return at Christmas.


P:  The Lord be with you.

C: (sing) And also with you.



P:  Let us pray. …  Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C:  (sing) Amen.


(Please be seated)




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

Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies: for they have been from of old. 


THE FIRST READING – Jeremiah 23:5-8

    5 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord,

“That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness;

A King shall reign and prosper,

And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.

6 In His days Judah will be saved,

And Israel will dwell safely;

Now this is His name by which He will be called:

     7 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”


P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.



CW Hymn 21 – “Hosanna to the Coming Lord”


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

Let no one who waits on You be ashamed, O Lord; 

Show me Your ways and teach me Your paths.


THE SECOND READING –  Romans 13:11-14

    11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.


P: The Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God.



P:  All those who wait on You, O Lord shall not be ashamed.

C:  Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths.

P:  Show us Your mercy, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation.


No “Gloria” or “Alleluia” will be sung.

They will return at Christmas.


(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 21:1-9

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


THE GOSPEL READING – Matthew 21:1-9

     Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

     4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:  5 “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you,Lowly,  and sitting on a donkey, colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

     6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David!

‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’  Hosanna in the highest!”12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!


P: The Gospel of the Lord.

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



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

            We Believe 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 being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven, (*) was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. 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. 

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


(Please be seated)



“Savior of the Nations, Come”  –  Hymn 2 CW





(please stand)



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 thank You, we bless and praise You forever, that You sent Your Son to rule over us poor sinners, who for our transgressions justly deserved to remain in the bondage of sin and Satan, and that in Your Only Begotten Son You gave us a meek and righteous King, who by His death became our Savior from sin and eternal death. We beseech You so to enlighten, govern, and direct us by Your Holy Spirit, that we may ever remain faithful to this righteous King and Savior, and not, after the manner of this world, be offended by His humble form and Despised Word, but firmly believing in Him, obtain eternal salvation; through the same, Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.


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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.




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: It is truly good and right that we should at all times and in all places give you thanks, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, through Jesus Christ our Lord,..........Therefore, with all the saints on earth and hosts of heaven, we praise your holy name and join their glorious song: 


(you may kneel if you so choose.)



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.




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

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

C: (sing)  Amen.



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)



(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.)



“O Lord, How Shall I Meet You”  –  Hymn 18 CW


“Come, O Precious Ransom, Come”  –  Hymn 8 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. 


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


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)



C:  (sing) Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace according to your word.  For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.


P:  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

C:  (sing) And his mercy endures forever.


P:  (Prayer of thanksgiving by the Pastor)

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. 



“The Advent of Our King”  – 1 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.




Thank you to those who have given their time and efforts to help clean the church following the service and tend to its cleanliness during the week!


Please leave the hymnal you used on your seat.


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Advent Vespers – Wednesday @ 7:00pm


Christmas Eve Service – Thursday, December 24th  @  7:00pm


Christmas Day Service – Friday, December 25th @  10:ooam

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Catechism Class –  Wednesday @ 3:30pm


Virtual Sunday School Lessons

contact either Valerie or Pam Nielson for information/ videos.


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Streaming …We are still streaming the Divine Service every Sunday.  …  Knowing that God is always in control, we also continue to invite and encourage all of you to gather together in person with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to commune and grow as one family in God's eternal blessings of forgiveness, peace, hope, comfort and joy; as well as to encourage one another in brotherly love.

On Facebook …  Immanuel Lutheran Church South Lyon - WELS 


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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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Supporting the ongoing ministry of the church during this time … eel free to mail your offering to the church or drop it off in the mail slot if you are unable to join with us.   

…  if you happen to be in the area  or are joining with us to receive God's Service on Sunday you can simply drop it in the offering plate. God's continued blessings be upon you.


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December  Birthdays

Shelli Kritzman 12/1

Elizabeth Anderson 12/6

Mark Kritzman 12/7

Shannon McLean 12/31

Alan Irvine 12/31



December Flowers


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December Tellers

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December Ushers

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Last Week's Attendance & Giving: Sunday – 29  ( 10  commune)

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