Bulletin for August 2, 2020


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



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!




Eighth Sunday after Trinity – August 2nd, 2020

[Fruits of the Spirit] 

Common Service :: p15 Christian Worship


Explanation of the week:  "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves" (Matt 7:15-23). Deceit has its strength in masquerading as the truth. False prophets speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord (Jer 23:16-29) They deny the judgment of the Lord, speaking peace to the unrepentant, when in truth there is condemnation and wrath. "You will know them by their fruits." The "fruits" of a true prophet are not outward righteousness or success but faithfulness in proclaiming the Word of the Lord. This is the will of the Father in heaven, that pastors take heed to the flock, the Father's adopted ones (Rom 8:12-17), warning them against the wolves and their lies, and shepherding the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:27-38). For indeed, the cross is that good tree bearing good fruit, namely the body and blood of Christ, given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins.


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.




VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL :: (Pastor)

We have thought, O God, on Your loving kindness, in the midst of Your temple. According to Your name , O god, so is Your praise to the end of the earth. Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness.   …   Glory be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, forevermore.


“O Lord, Look Down from Heaven” – Hymn 205 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 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.



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 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.



P:  Let us pray. … Grant to us, Lord, the Spirit to think and do always such things as are right, that we, who cannot do anything that is good without You, may be enabled by You to live according to Your will; 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 :: (Pastor)

O Lord, deal with Your servant according to Your mercy and teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant, give me understanding: that I may know Your testimonies. 


THE FIRST READING – Jeremiah 23:16-29

     16 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the Lord. 17 They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The Lord has said, “You shall have peace” ’; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”

    18 For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord has gone forth in fury— A violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. 20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.

     21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings.

    23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? 24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

    25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal.

    28 “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream;

And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully.

What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord. 29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?


P: The Word of the Lord.

C:  Thanks be to God.


Psalm 1  ::  page 64  CW


VERSES of the INTROIT and GRADUAL:: (Pastor)

Be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me.  In You, O LORD, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed. 


THE SECOND READING – Romans 8:12-17

    12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.


P: The Word of the Lord

C: Thanks be to God.



P:  Alleluia. Alleluia. Give ear, O My people, to My law; incline Your ears to the words of My mouth.  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: The continuation of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (*)according to … … St. Matthew 7:15-23

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

THE GOSPEL READING – Matthew 7:15-23

    15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

     21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’


P: The Gospel of our 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)



“Come, O Come, Life-Giving Spirit”  –  Hymn 181 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 most heartily thank You  that You have caused us to come the knowledge of Your Word. We pray: Graciously keep us steadfast in this knowledge unto death, that we may obtain eternal life; send us, now and ever, pious pastors who faithfully preach Your Word, without offense or false doctrine, and grant them long life. Defend us from all false teachings, and frustrate the counsels of all who pervert Your Word, who come to us in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves , that Your true Church may evermore be established among us, and be defended and preserved from such false teachers; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one true God, now and forever.  Amen.





P: As our Savior 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.   …   …   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.)



“Soul, Adorn Yourself With Gladness”  –  Hymn 311 CW


“O Holy Spirit, Grant Us Grace”  –  Hymn 185 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)



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 you 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. 



“Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word” – Hymn 203 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

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. 




Please leave the hymnal you used on your seat.

It's easier to know which hymnals were used so we can clean them.


CHURCH PICNIC – Sunday Aug.23 follows God's Service

Every family brings their own picnic basket, food, and drink;  and then we can visit with each other  in the fresh air of McHattie Park.


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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 with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ in person 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 … please feel 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. Thank you.  And God's continued blessings be upon you.


Huron Valley Lutheran High School News     HVLHS.org


HVL 2020-21 School Year - HVL is planning for face to face instruction in August using our normal schedule and calendar.  All Michigan schools are required to create a “Preparedness Plan” that addresses the elements in the MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap.  HVL has a committee putting together our plan which will be posted no later than August 17.


HVL Golf Classic - Registration is now open for the HVL Golf Classic which will take place on Saturday, August 29th. Go to our website to register, become a sponsor, or make a donation.  All proceeds go towards the HVL athletic department.



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August Birthdays

8/1 Shirley Morgan Reich

8/3 Dennis Smith

8/4 Edgar Herman

8/4  Gary Gothard

8/4 Kristina Utkan

8/6 Shirley Cookson

8/9 Mark Grassel

8/9 Jonathan Johnson

8/12 Cindy Rose

8/17 JJ Anderson

8/20 Luke Kritzman

8/22 Carol Terlecky

8/25 Alicia Herpick

8/29 Pastor Minzlaff



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August Anniversaries

8/4  Richard  & Carol Utkan

8/9  Arnie & Ann Braun

8/24  Tom & Lois Tackebury

8/26  Pastor Em. George & Marian Tiefel


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August Organists






Deb Smith

Lois Tackebury

Melissa Minzlaff

Deb Smith

Lois Tackebury


August Tellers






B Hogue

D Smith

J Johnson

T Nielson

M Nielson

J Anderson

J Kritzman

B Seddon

B Anderson

K Anderson


August Flowers






Deb & Dennis Smith

(Dennis bday)

Anne & Arnie


(62 anniv.)

Jeff and Betty


(JJ Bday)


Jeff and Betty




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Last Week's Attendance & Giving: In person service  37 ( 10  commune)

                                           Online / streamed Service


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Eighth Sunday after Trinity

[the fruits of God's Spirit]

“We have thought of Your loving kindness, O Lord.”


Matthew 7:15-23


Christ is truly the Good Tree who bears good fruit: on the tree of the cross, were not His won arms raised like the limbs of a tree, and did not water and blood come forth as fruits from Him then? Does He not give His people of His own bod and blood to eat and drink? But what, then, are bad trees? False prophets do not hold forth the blessed means by which God gives men His good fruit for the remission of sins; but will instead offer everything else, which are the fruits of death. How can a prophet be know except by his prophecy?  So to be wary of false prophets is to be wary of their words: they will not exalt the good tree and hold forth His Good fruit, but will replace Him with themselves, with others and their works and ideas, plans and ideals, speaking lies of a false salvation, replacing His blessed Word of promise with mans word, while saying to God, Lord, Lord, in the presence of their betrayed and deceived hearers. But woe to them, for in that day He will say to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! For it is lawless to preach or administer anyone but Christ the Tree of Life and His fruit as the atonement for sin, or to hold anything but the Good fruit of His death and resurrection, His given body and shed blood as the Feast of Salvation.


Meditations for the Daily Office

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