The bulletin for Sunday May 16, 2021.

 

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 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

 

Sunday after the Ascension  – Exaudi  –  May 16, 2021

[The Expectant Church]

Word and Sacrament :: p26 Christian Worship

 

Explanation of 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 15:26Ñ16:4) 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.

 

THE PREPARATION

 

VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL :: (Pastor)

 Hear, O God, when I cry with my voice; You have been my help. Do not leave me or forsake me, O God of my salvation. The Lord is my light and my Salvation. 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. 


 

OPENING HYMN

“In You Is Gladness” – Hymn 346CW

(Please stand during the final verse)

 

P: The grace of our Lord (+) Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C: And also with you.

 

HOLY ABSOLUTION

 

P: Our (+) help is in the name of the Lord.

C: Who made heaven and earth.

 

P: God invites us to come into His presence to worship Him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us. 

 

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.

 

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 the Word, 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: Amen.

 

KYRIE

P: For all that we need in life, and for the wisdom to use all Your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C: (sing)  Lord, have mercy.

 

For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from Your love, and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.

C: (sing) Christ, have mercy.

 

P: For the well-being of Your Holy Church in all the world, and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.

C: (sing) Lord, have mercy.

 

P: Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by Your power, and keep us in Your tender care.

C: (sing) Amen.

 

PRAYER AND PRAISE

 

P:  The Works of the Lord are great and glorious; His name is worthy of praise.

 

In place of  “O Lord, Our Lord” the congregation sings 

Hymn 264 “Glory Be to God in Heaven”

 

P:  The Lord be with you.

C:  And with your Spirit.

P:  Bless we the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God. 

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

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)


 

GOD'S SERVICE OF THE WORD

 

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: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.

 

P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM OF THE DAY

Arise, My Soul, Arise  –  Hymn 244CW


 

VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL:: (Pastor)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? 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 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

P: The Word of the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.


 

VERSE OF THE DAY

P:  Alleluia. Alleluia. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. Alleluia.  I will not leave you orphans; I am going away and coming back to you; and your heart will rejoice. Alleluia. 

C: (sing) Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. 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. John 15:26-16:4 … 

 

THE GOSPEL READING –  John 15:26-16:4

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

    16 “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.

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

 

P: The Gospel of our Lord.

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

 

(Please be seated)

 

HYMN OF THE DAY

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

 

THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL

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(please stand)

 

THE NICENE CREED

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)

 

OFFERING

 

(Please stand)

 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

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. 

C: Amen.

 

GOD'S SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION

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 right to give Him thanks and praise.

 

P: Praise to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. … [seasonal sentence]  …  Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ. To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever. 

 

(you may kneel if you so choose.)

 

SANCTUS

C: (sing) Holy, (*) holy, holy  is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of Your glory You are my God, and I will exalt You. I will give you thanks, for You have become my salvation. Holy, (+) holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. The whole earth is full of your glory.

 

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

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

 

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 and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


 

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

C: (sing)  Amen.

 

AGNUS DEI

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)

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CHRIST'S BODY AND BLOOD                       

(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

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

&

“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” –  Hymn 331 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. 

 

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)

 

THANKSGIVING

In place of “Thank the Lord” the Congregation sings

Hymn 616 CW – “Feed Your Children, God Most Holy”

 

P: Hear the prayer of Your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify You in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of Your son may long for His coming again, and that all who have received in His true Body and Blood the pledge of Your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, 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:  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

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

 

Announcements

 

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!

 

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Confirmation Sunday

NEXT Sunday we celebrate the Confirmation of Lauren Johnson

 

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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!    

 

May Birthdays

5/1 Betty Anderson

5/5 Kevin McLauglin

5/6 Larry Janes

5/6 Dennis Walpole

5/7 Emile Herpick

5/10  Linda Janes

5/14  Brian Seddon

5/20  Marian Tiefel

5/28  Jeff Anderson

5/28 Gail Utkan

 

May Anniversaries

5 / 3  Bill & Brenda Hogue


 

May Flowers

***  See the Chart in the Church or look in the e-news.


 

May Organists

2nd

9th 

13th

16th 

23rd

30th

Deb

Barb

Barb

Deb

Melissa

Melissa


 

April USHERS & TELLERS

Please see the Usher/Teller Schedule in the Sacristy or via e-news

 

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Last Week's Attendance & Giving:        (          Commune)                   

                          Ascension:           (         Commune) 

 

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