Schedule of Services:
8:00 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 a.m. Sunday, The Rite Place Liturgy (Contemporary Eucharist in the Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Sunday, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 p.m. Sundays in Lent, "Dinner Church" Eucharist in Parish Hall
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Healing

Small Groups & Studies

Sundays, 9:15 a.m. Adult Forum
Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. Bible Study
Second Tuesdays 7:00 p.m. Theology on Tap
First Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. Calvary Dreams dinner discussion
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God is With Us

 

Immanuel.  Hebrew names often had meaning.  The name Immanuel is formed of three shorter Hebrew words, run together: imma; nu; el.  “With”; “us”; “God”.  God with us.  Immanuel.  Sometimes translated into English as Emanuel.

The name was given originally in a prophecy by the great Hebrew prophet, Isaiah.  Isaiah gave the prophecy to King Ahaz.  The prophecy was meant to help strengthen Ahaz’s weak faith.

The writer of Matthew’s Gospel saw the name Immanuel as a prophecy of Jesus, delivered centuries before the birth of Christ.  According to Matthew, the birth of Jesus was part of a grand divine plan.

It is interesting how the writers of the New Testament believed that God had been working for centuries to prepare for the birth of Jesus.  They were convinced that God is constantly at work in the world around us, and can be revealed and known in the warp and woof of daily life.

The idea that the Messiah wants to be known as Immanuel suggests that God seeks to be part of our daily existence, in a very personal way.  God with us.  To help us.  Guide us.  Heal us.  Save us.

It’s a wonderful thought.  O come, o come, Immanuel.

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