Worship at Emmanuel

“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” - John Bunyan

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.














The people at Emmanuel don't pretend to have it all together. We come to worship as broken people in need of continual renewal and healing.


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 includes a blend of hymns, contemporary songs, prayers, a sermon,
Holy Communion, and other meaningful additions from week to week (videos, special music, etc.). Music is an integral part of our worship service ... and special music every week includes choir anthems, contemporary music, instrumentals, and special solo pieces.

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.


At Emmanuel, we know that there are many ways that people encounter and believe in God. And while we may not believe in the exact same manner, there are some specifics that make Lutheran faith distinct. One of the best expressions of Lutheran faith was presented at the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering, by Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.
See the video here at the right: "Lutheran Theology in 90 seconds"



I've long been taught that the Church is not a building ... it's the people.

However ...

If the Church is the people, then it's surely a flawed bunch of persons.
And by flawed, I mean that the body of Christ is often not as welcoming and
loving as it should be. The radical hospitality that Jesus displayed is hard to emulate.
So if the Church is the people, then it might be a bit inefficient at conveying the
love and acceptance of Jesus.

If, however, the Church is a building ... more specifically a sanctuary ... then it is a sacred and safe space where one is invited, accepted, and unconditionally loved by God. It is a place that does not depend on the congregation's ability, or inability, to be hospitable.

When the Church is a truly open and safe space for everyone, then the Church is an actual "sanctuary." It is holy ground ...
a safe space of unconditional love and acceptance ... an open table where all are equal and all are equally loved by God.


“You need not tell me who you are. This is not my house; it is the house of Christ. It does not ask any comer whether he has a name, but whether he has an affliction. You are suffering; you are hungry and thirsty; be welcome.“    From Victor Hugo's Les Misérables