Worship with us
Every Sunday Morning 9:00 - 10:15
Strong Faith, Fervent Love: Sing to the Lord!
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Worship ministry aims to nurture a culture of confessional faithfulness, artistic excellence and integrity in the presentation, distribution and reception of God’s life-giving gifts in Word and Sacraments. This ministry seeks to develop and deepen an understanding and love for the Lutheran heritage in Christian worship, and promotes the Lutheran Service Book as the core worship resource for the LCMS while also identifying and encouraging the many musical treasures and gifts that the Holy Spirit continues to pour upon the church.
served every 1st and 3rd sunday of the month
The Lutheran church believes, teaches and confesses that the Lord’s Supper is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ,under the bread and wine, given to us Christians to eat and to drink. We hold that the bread and the wine in the Supper are the true body and blood of Christ and that these are given and received into the mouths of all who commune. Those who believe the promise: “Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins,”receive forgiveness of sins,life and salvation. This promise, along with the bodily eating and drinking, is the main thing in the Sacrament.
Our Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations offers the following helpful explanation of why we practice close or closed communion: “Close communion seeks to prevent a profession of confessional unity in faith where there is, in fact, disunity and disagreement. It would be neither faithful to the Scriptural requirements for admission to Holy Communion (1 Cor. 11:27ff; cf. 10:16–17) nor helpful to fallen humanity if the Christian Church welcomes to its altars those who deny or question clear Scriptural teachings. “The reasons for the practice of close Communion are often misunderstood by Christians who have been accustomed to an ‘open Communion’policy. In a tract titled, Why Close Communion? the rationale for the practice of close communion is explained in this way:
‘So it is not that a Lutheran congregation wants to bar fellow-saints from the blessings of the ucharist when they practice Close Communion. It is not that they want to be separatistic, or set themselves up as judges of other men.The practice of Close Communion is prompted by love and is born of the heartfelt conviction, on the basis of Scripture alone, that we must follow Christ’s command.This means refusing the Lord’s Supper to those whose belief is not known to us. It is not showing love to allow a person to do something harmful, even though he may think it is for his own good. It also means if they are members of a Christian body which departs from the full truth of the Scripture in some of its doctrines, that we must not minimize the evil of this false teaching by opening our fellowship to any and all Christians who err in the faith’ [Deffner,Why Close Communion?,p.14].
On the basis of God’s Holy Word, our Lutheran church continues to practice the ancient, Biblical and confessional practice of close communion as an opportunity to give joyful witness to our unity in the true faith. We practice close communion with the belief that this is what the Lord would have us do as we faithfully administer His body and blood in His holy Sacrament.
Hopefully,this brief explanation will help you, or someone else,understand that our love for our Lord and His Sacrament, and our love for the individual, is the reason why we practice close communion.
How should I dress?
Come as you are or dress in your Sunday Best. Jesus looks at the heart, not at what you are wearing.
Where should i sit?
We do not have assigned seating. If you frequent the church you will notice that people tend to sit in the same areas week after week, but welcome anyone to sit with them. On weeks our choir joins us they will be sitting in the back few pews on the left. They'll have their things in the pews to signal that they are singing that week.
What about my kids?
Children are most welcome to attend our worship services. We also have Sunday school classes for ages 3 through 8th grade at 8:00 am every Sunday.
Where Do i park?
There is parking on the West and South side of the church. There is handicap parking closest to the church. Some people park on E Liberty Street.
What if i'm late?
That's OK! It's more important to get to church in the right frame of mind than to be on time. People even criticized Jesus for being late! Like when he was supposed to heal his sick friend Lazarus. He got there so late that Lazarus had already died. But He was Jesus, so He just brought Lazarus back to life. no big deal. You can read more about this awesome story in John 11:38-44. And while it is important to be at church to get the full lesson and all that jazz, it’s not worth ruining the morning to be there on time. So wake up early enough to give your family plenty of time, but if you’re running late, chill.
will i be expected to give money?
Money can be a sensitive topic. Many have been turned away from Christianity because of religious leaders’ attitudes toward money. It is not uncommon to hear things like these:
- I don’t go to church because when I do, they want me to empty my pockets. They make me feel guilty if I don’t donate.
- For once I’d like to see a church where they didn’t ask for money as soon as I walk in the door.
- Why do churches keep asking for money all the time? Frankly, it turns me off and I think it does a lot of other people, too.
Jesus was angry with such abuses in His day (Mark 3:5). True Christians oppose this as strongly—if not more so—than those on the outside. Bad apples and false teachers block the path for people to find God’s love, grace, and truth.
While an offering plate will be passed down your pew, at Immanuel Lutheran, guests are never expected to give. Would you invite someone to your house for dinner then expect them to pay for their meal?
If you do decide to give, confidentiality will be maintained to avoid two spiritual problems: shaming the poor and elevating the rich. James insisted that churches respect the poor (James 2:1–5). VIP treatment—special seating, publishing names—violates the rule of not giving to be seen of men (Matthew 23:5; Acts 5:1–10). Jesus did not praise big offerings; He praised great faith.
What happens when the service is done?
After the final hymn the ushers will escort the rows out starting from the front of the church. You are welcome to keep your bulletin, but if you don't wish to keep it the usher will collect it from you. Pastor will be at the back greeting and shaking hands with each person. If you are on a time crunch and need to leave sooner, you are welcome to sneak out one of the side doors in the back.
We also welcome all guests and members to join us for coffee and treats in our fellowship hall after the service. Just follow the smell of yummy treats and fresh coffee!