Immanuel Lutheran Church

Sunday Worship at 10:30 am

Immanuel Lutheran is open and affirming. All are welcome.

Sermon MLK

Northwest Washington Synod, ELCA

Prayers rising like incense for our Muslim Siblings.

Holding our neighbors in prayer.

[Official Video] The First Noel – Pentatonix

A favorite Carol for Christmas


[12/25/16]   Church Social Media (#ChSocM) tip for Christmas
Let's fill the church Facebook page with our favorite new and old Christmas carols! Find a song on YouTube, copy the link and post it on the church Facebook page with a message about why you love the song. Christmas begins today and lasts for 12 days. So you can do this anytime between now and January 6.

[12/24/16]   #RendTheHeavens Day 28
Christmas Eve #Heavens

Our Advent devotions began 4 weeks ago with a cry out to God. Throughout these weeks, the world has continued to turn and the tension of joyful anticipation has been co-mingled with the very real pain and loss of our sin - sick humanity.
We have called out, time and time again, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come".

Tonight in worship we will hear the story of how God came to live with us on earth. We will claim the truth of God's continued presence with us.

"They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and they saw the baby lying on a bed of hay." Luke 2:16

Jesus brings heaven to earth. God has already come. Heaven is not a distant dream. It is revealed to us right here, right now.

It is in the shepherds, marginalized field hands, who are the first to hear and share the story.
It is in the refugee couple who find shelter with the animals.
It is here with us, in the messiness of our lives.

In the words of Belinda Carlise: Heaven is a place on earth.
Thank you, Jesus. May we have eyes to see you that we too, will run to meet you in the most unexpected of places.

Merry Christmas, Beloved family in Christ.
-Pastor Priscilla

[12/23/16]   #RendTheHeavens Day 27 #Hell by Pastor Mary Lindberg

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”
Day 27: Galatians 3:13

In spite of the fact that we rarely mention Hell in the church anymore, we often find ourselves living in hellish experiences of human making. Like the Galatians to whom Paul spoke in this passage. They were wrapping themselves in knots about adherence to old laws, unable to accept Jesus’s new salvation. In Paul’s day, and in our’s, we can run into some painful dead ends when we rely on our reasoning, rather than Love’s wisdom. That’s why I’m giving poetry this Christmas! The best poets direct us back to life-giving truths. I bought several copies of Garrison Keillor’s collection Good Poems for Hard Times to give to family and friends who need the book most. I will share the gift of poetry as an antidote to personal and corporate hells. And I will give you this poem as a sign of light for all of us this December:

It Is Raining on the House of Anne Frank
By Linda Pastan

It raining on the house of Anne Frank
and on the tourists
herded together under the shadow
of their umbrellas,
on the perfectly silent
tourists who would rather be
somewhere else
but who wait here on stairs
so steep they must rise
to some occasion
high in the empty loft,
in the quaint toilet,
in the skeleton
of a kitchen
or on the map—
each of its arrows
a barb of wire—
with all the dates, the expulsions,
the forbidding shapes
of continents.
And across Amsterdam it is raining
on the Van Gogh Museum
where we will hurry next
to see how someone else
could find the pure
center of light
within the dark circle
of his demons.

[12/22/16]   #RendTheHeavens Day 26 #Roll(out) by Pastor Mary Lindberg

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book; 19 if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. Revelation 22:18-19

John wraps up the book of Revelation with a stern warning to any soul who dares to mess with his prophecy. John says that anyone who adds a word to his revelation will encounter plagues. Anyone who subtracts a word of his revelation will forfeit their fair share of life.

At first John’s dramatic words leave me feeling aghast and defensive as a reader. Calm down John! But after thinking about John’s words as a writer, I understand him at least a little more. Often when writers sign a contract, we sign away the right to fight for our exact words. It really hurts when we write something that we feel expresses our deepest devotion to Christ, and an editor or publisher either doesn’t get the gist of our words or changes them to suit another purpose. There are times when I turn in writing assignments and don’t even read the published product because I dread seeing those changes.

John’s dire words register both his profound faith in the power of Jesus to reveal the truth to him and his ongoing fear that the powers of darkness can somehow snatch Jesus’s visions away. In his duality of faith and fear, John offers us an ideal passage for the cusp of Christmas.
We come to the manger with these two competing feelings filling our hearts—
1) the thrill of following a star to a Messiah that can save all of humanity, and
2) the fear that an infant so wonderful couldn’t possibly survive the darkness in our hearts and this world.

At Christmas, and every day, we decide which will have the last word in our lives—our faith or our fear. Wait a minute! We don’t decide, exactly. We open ourselves to God’s decision made for us over 2000 years—that the light of Christ will shine forever.




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