“All are welcome.” Churches aren’t country clubs, there isn’t a prerequisite list of qualifications that you need to check off before being allowed in. The church isn’t a place where only the perfect and righteous belong. The church is for everyone, especially the sinner, the broken, the lost, the outcast, and the downtrodden. Those are the people that Jesus ministered to, those are the people that Jesus commanded his apostles to minister to after he was gone, and those are the people we are called to minister to today.
Jesus didn’t refuse to heal a servant because his master was a Roman soldier. Jesus didn’t refuse to minister to the woman at the well because she was a Samaritan. Jesus didn’t refuse to heal a group of men because they had leprosy. Philip didn’t refuse to baptize a man because he was an Ethiopian eunuch. Jesus called together a band of misfits as his disciples, including a tax collector and a zealot, who were often derided by the rest of society.
When we say “All are welcome”, we truly mean it. “All are welcome…and we do mean ALL. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you are from, or who you love. We are all children of God and loved by God. And just as God loves all of us, we are called to love one another as well.” It’s pretty simple, the doors of our church are open for everyone, there are no restrictions on who is welcome in our church.
Holy Communion served at Tuscora Park's ampitheater
Worship at Emmanuel is what one would find at most traditional Lutheran churches. However, at Emmanuel, worship isn't complacent or stodgy. It is filled with reverence, creativity, and unexpected holy moments.
–WHAT TO EXPECT–
Our Worship Service is held at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday, with adult education offered at 8:30 a.m. (Adult Education offered September through May).
Worship at Emmanuel uses the traditional Lutheran liturgy passed down through generation which includes hymns, prayers, scripture readings, a sermon, and the sharing of Holy Communion.
Music is an integral part of our worship service ... and special music every week includes choir anthems, instrumentals, and special solo pieces. Emmanuel is blessed to have many musicians in our congregation that share their gifts with us.
At Emmanuel, we believe in an "open" Communion table. We all come to God equally in need of forgiveness. This forgiveness and new life is found in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. You don't have to be Lutheran (or of any faith background) to receive Communion with us.
Just as Christ welcomes you, we also welcome you to Holy Communion.