The Bulletin for Sunday, February 28, 2021


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!



Reminiscere –  Second Sunday of Lent  – February 28, 2021

[Servant of the Lord]

Common Service :: p15 Christian Worship

[Communion immediately following the Divine Service]


Explanation of the Week:  Jacob wrestled with God; he would not let Him go until he received a blessing from Him. (Gen 32:22-32) So it was with the Canaanite woman. Though Jesus seemed to ignore and reject her, yet she continued to call upon His name and look to Him for help. (Mt 15:21-28) Even when the Lord called her a little dog, she held on to Him in faith and would not let Him wriggle out of His words: "Yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table." This Gentile woman shows herself to be a true Israelite, who struggles with God and man in Christ and prevails. "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." This is the sanctifying will of God, (1 Thess 4:1-7) to test your faith in order that it may be refined and strengthened. For tribulation produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope in Christ does not disappoint. 

(Rom 5:1-5)


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)

Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and loving-kindness, for they have been from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, our of all their troubles! To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed.    …  Amen. 



“In You, O Lord, I Put My Trust” – Hymn 448 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 Glorias or Alleluias will be sung during Pre-Lent or Lent.

They will joyfully return at the Resurrection of our Lord.


P:  The Lord be with you.

C: (sing) And also with you.


P:  Let us pray. …  O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; 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)




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

Christ Humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death,

 even the death of the cross. 


THE FIRST READING – Genesis 32:22-32

    22 And he arose that night and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok. 23 He took them, sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had. 24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”

   But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” 27 So He said to him, “What is your name?”  He said, “Jacob.”  28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”  And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.

    30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” 31 Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip in the muscle that shrank.


P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.



“Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me”  – Hymn 439  CW 

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

The troubles of my heart have enlarged; bring me out of my distresses!

Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins. (Psalm 25:17–18) 


THE SECOND READING – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7

    Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

    3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.


P: The Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God.



P:  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.  Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? Who can declare all His praise?  Blessed are those who keep justice, and he who does righteousness at all times!  Remember me, O LORD, with the favor You have toward Your people; oh, visit me with Your salvation. (Psalm 106:1–4)


No Glorias or Alleluias will be sung during Pre-Lent or Lent.

They will joyfully return at the Resurrection of our Lord.


(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 … … Matthew 15:21-28

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


THE GOSPEL READING – Matthew 15:21-28

    21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” 23 But He answered her not a word.  

    And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”  24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”  26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”

    28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.


P: The Gospel of the Lord.

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



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)



“When in the Hour of Utmost Need”  –  Hymn 413 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, grant us, we beseech You, by Your Holy Spirit, that He may strengthen our hearts and confirm our faith and hope in Your grace and mercy, so that, although we have reason to fear because of our conscience, our sin, and our unworthiness, we may nevertheless, with the woman of Canaan, hold fast to Your grace, and in every trial and temptation find You a present help and refuge; through Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever. Amen.





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.


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!


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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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“A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth” – Hymn 100 CW


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.


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 Will of God is Always Best”  – 435 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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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.

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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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Catechism Class

Wednesday @ 3:30pm


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Lenten Vespers

Wednesday @ 7:00pm


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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

Feel free to mail your offering to the church, drop it off in the mail slot, or join us in God's service to drop it in the offering plate.  God bless!    

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March Birthdays

Jama Anderson 3/7

Nora Anderson 3/8

Mike Nielson 3/8

Dennis Utkan 3/10

Sandra Keast 3/15

Jane Foytek 3 / 17

Ethan Rose 3/20



March Anniversaries

3/8 Jim and Shelli Kritzman


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