Advent and Christmas are times when we celebrate that God is not some distant deity who is detached from our lives. Rather, He is present. He is in the moment. He is aware and active in the circumstances and smallest details of life. He is Immanuel – God with us.
But what does it mean for God to be with us? Is it simply an assurance of His presence to make you feel better? Is God present to give you someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on? Is He present to guide you in decisions? These might be true but there is so much more.
During this series, we will look at some places in God’s Word where Immanuel showed up. Come with us as we explore God’s Word and discover that there is so much more to the God who is Immanuel – God with us.
View sermons HERE.
Sunday and Wednesday Worship
Sundays: November 25 thru December 30. Worship Times: 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am.
Wednesdays: December 5, 12 & 19. Meal at 6:00pm and worship at 7:00pm.
Sunday, Nov 25 : Immanuel in Death Valley : Psalm 23
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, YOU ARE WITH ME.” What a comfort to know that when we face the darkest times in life, God is Immanuel in Death Valley.
Sunday, Dec 2 (Christmas Kickoff) : Immanuel in Weakness : Judges 6: 11-17
If you could choose the people you would want to be with who would it be? The successful? The movers and shakers? The wealthy and privileged? God loves to be Immanuel not with the strong but with the weak. And not just the weak but the weakest of the weak.
Christmas Kickoff details HERE.
Wednesday, Dec 5 (Youth led Worship) : Immanuel in Persecution : Daniel 3:1-2; 4-6; 13-18
Remember the story of Daniel and the fiery furnace from Sunday school? The question is, where was God? Was He in the fire which means they had to step in the fire to be with God. Or, was God Immanuel in AND out of the fire? The answer is obviously both. However, sometimes it’s in the moments of persecution, stress, and suffering that Immanuel’s presence is made known.
Meal: Spaghetti served by Youth Ministry.
Sunday, Dec 9 : Immanuel with the Outcast : Genesis 16
God is perfectly present with Adam and Eve in the garden. After the fall into sin, God seems to be like the voice in the sky. He seems to be a distant deity. It is significant, though, that the first time we encounter Immanuel outside the Garden of Eden, God is present with Hagar. She is a struggling single mother. She is an outcast, a loner, a nobody. Outside the Garden of Eden, Hagar is the first person with whom God is Immanuel. What does this teach us about the character of Immanuel?
Wednesday, Dec 12 : Immanuel in the Storms : Mark 4:35-41
In life there will be those moments when God not only seems absent, but worse, unconcerned. We cry out in desperation, “God, I’m dying here. Why don’t you do something?” Then, Immanuel reminds us that He is not only Savior and Lord but also Creator and Sustainer of all creation.
Meal: Chili Cookoff hosted by Men’s Ministry. For signup and details, go HERE.
Sunday, Dec 16 : Immanuel with the Hopeless : Luke 24:12-34
Have you ever experienced a moment when you thought God was anything but Immanuel? Then, when you looked back on the same event you realized He was there the whole time. Two disciples on the way to Emmaus know how you feel.
Wednesday, Dec 19 : Immanuel When Nothing Makes Sense : Genesis 39:1-2; 19-23
The conclusion we all come to is this: If God is with me, nothing bad will happen. Consider Joseph’s life for a moment. His brothers sold him into slavery. Faked his death and told their father his son was dead. Joseph was falsely accused of rape and sent to prison to rot for 2 years. During these events, God’s Word says over and over again, “But the Lord was with Joseph.” If the Lord was with Joseph, then why did all these things happen to him? The life of Joseph teaches us that the presence of Immanuel has a missional purpose (Genesis 50:20).
Meal: Turkey, Veggies, Rolls.
Sunday, Dec 23 (Children’s Christmas Service at 9:30am) : Immanuel : Matthew 1: 18-25
During Christmas and Advent, we sing praises that the Lord has fulfilled His promise to be Immanuel. Immanuel is one of the most revered names of God. In fact, there are 428 Lutheran Churches named “Immanuel” (5th most). But the name Immanuel only appears twice in the whole Bible (Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23). What is so incredible about God becoming Immanuel?
NO 11:00am SERVICE. Happy Birthday Jesus Party after the 9:30 service in the Fellowship Center. Get details HERE.
Sunday, Dec 24 (Christmas Eve) : Immanuel : Isaiah 9:2-6 and Luke 2:1-20
Rejoice, Rejoice, Immanuel, Shall come to you Oh Israel.
For details regarding Christmas Eve services, go HERE.
Sunday, Dec 30 : Immanuel in Eternity : Revelation 21: 1-4
Advent is a season where we anticipate the return of Jesus to be fully Immanuel. Since his long walks with our ancestors in the Garden of Eden, God has been seeking to restore Immanuel. The ultimate hope and promise of Immanuel is for Creature and Creator to live in a perfect relationship.
Advent devotions for everyone (young, old and everything in between!) are available on the table in the back of the Worship Center.
More about Christmas 2018 HERE!