March 5, 2015

 

Welcome to Immanuel!

 

We invite you to join us for worship and fellowship and to see if this might be the right congregation for you.  Our congregation is known for its warm hospitality to all visitors, as well as its rich liturgical and musical traditions and hands-on social ministry projects.

 

We believe that God comes to us in Jesus Christ through the preaching of the word of God and the administration of the sacraments of Christ.  The Holy Spirit creates and enlivens faith through these outward means of grace.  This faith is actualized in works of love for our neighbors near and far.

 

This Week at Immanuel...

Sunday, March 1:

Cafe Immanuel at 9:00am
The Service of Holy Communion at 10:30 am

Monday, March 2:

 

Tuesday, March 3:

 

Wednesday, March 4:

Lenten supper at 6:00pm
Lenten Vespers at 7:00pm
Adult Choir rehearses at 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 5:

Quilters at 10:00 am
Congregational Council Meeting 7:30 pm

Friday, March 6:

 

Saturday, March 7:

 

Sunday, March 8:

Spring forward - Time Change today
Faith sharing at 9:00am
The Service of Holy Communion at 10:30 am
Game night at 5:00pm

 

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE PASTOR

FOR MARCH 8, 2015

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

 

            What most influences your outlook on life?   All else aside, God says,  “You shall have no other gods before me.”  Martin Luther tells us that this means that, “We are to fear, love, and trust in God above all else.”   What are these “other gods?”  He writes, “A god is that to which we look for all good and in which we find refuge in all need.” We are not to place our total trust in others things or even other persons.  God comes first.

            This week the first reading has the LORD giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the people of Israel.  Although we often think of the Commandments as negative, this Word of God is intended to be a positive way for the people to follow.  Psalm 19 celebrates the Commandments: The statutes of the LORD are just and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear and gives light to the eyes.  In another translation: God’s clear commands sharpen vision.

            These commands help us to see clearly and put things in perspective–in God’s perspective.  So, when Jesus cleanses the Temple, He is looking at the moneychangers and sellers of sacrificial animals as getting in the way of the people who come to God’s house of prayer.  The LORD had proclaimed, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”  Even though it may have been intended to create one-stop shopping related to Temple sacrifices, the selling and buying got in the way of women, the poor, and gentiles who came to worship.  Jesus moved them out.

            Are we letting anything get in the way of worshipping God in our church?  We need to remember that God comes first in terms of what we do on Sunday and all the other days of the week.  Immanuel Lutheran Church shall be “a house of prayer for all nations.”

Service Bulletin for February 8, 2015

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Service Bulletin for February 1, 2015

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Service Bulletin for January 25, 2015

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Immanuel Lutheran Church

616 Lake Street

Evanston, IL 60201

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