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WELCOME!

Join us for services: 

Sundays
9:30 am Divine Service
11:00 am Fellowship & Coffee

11:15 am Sunday School & Bible Classes

 

Monday-Friday

7:30 am - Holy Communion (Advent & Lent)

8:00 am - Matins (9:00 am - Summer Months)

3:15 pm - Vespers (3:30 pm - Summer Months)

Wednesdays

11:00 am - Holy Communion
7:00 pm - Evening Prayer

WORSHIP AT IMMANUEL 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Holy Trinity

With all true Christians we believe in one God who is the Most Blessed Trinity - Father, Son, and Spirit - and His work of creation, salvation, and sanctification as it is confessed and believed the Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried.  And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

By Grace, through Faith

Lutherans are the inheritors of the Western Church (Christendom) and not merely a denomination among many. Our symbols (the Book of Concord), are exactly that: symbols of the faith. Standing squarely in the catholic, orthodox tradition of the Christian faith we confess that the Bible is the Word of God (not simply "contains" the Word of God) and that it is the only source and norm of all teaching (doctrine) in the Church.

We believe, teach, and confess that it is by the grace of God alone that we are brought into fellowship with the Father through the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit, and such fellowship (also called "salvation") is by no means the result of any thing we have done or refrained from doing.

We believe, teach, and confess that the salvation, glory, sanctification, and all blessings and benefits we receive from God is received by faith alone and not because of any works on our part. Faith in God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - alone justifies us before God.

Sola Scriptura – by Scripture Alone We believe, teach, and confess that the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God. As such, Scripture alone gives us all doctrine and is the measure of all traditions, teachings, and practice. The authority of the Bible - which is the authority of the Apostles - is unique and supreme. We study and cherish the early Church Fathers. We embrace the decisions made by early Church Councils. We follow the traditions handed down through the centuries. But insofar as these are good, it is because they uphold and express the divine truth of the Scriptures. Other authorities can misjudge and lead people astray, but God’s Word cannot do so.

THE LITURGY

The word "liturgy" is from the Greek and means, "public service". The public service of the Church (as distinct from private devotions) is the means by which God gives to His people His blessings of life and salvation. The liturgy is God's service to us and not our service to God. Thus, in the liturgy, often called the Divine Service or the Divine Liturgy or the Mass, the Bible is read and expounded upon according to the faith given the saints, the prayers of the saints are said, and the Lord's Supper (called the Eucharist or the Holy Communion) is celebrated and received by the faithful.

While there are many different settings given to the liturgy by the faithful throughout the history of the Church, there is only one Divine Service - God's service to His people. Lutherans, being Christians of the Western Rite, are inheritors of centuries of good, godly piety expressed in the Mass, and therefore we, "Do not abolish the Mass" but it is "celebrated with the highest reverence" (AC XXIV, of the Mass).

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PRAYER

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which trancends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

MORNING PRAYER In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. 

EVENING PRAYER In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

TABLE PRAYER The eyes of all look to you, O Lord, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. Lord God, Heavenly Father, bless us and these your gifts, which we receive from you bountiful goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Divine Service

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