Comfort — Sermon and Worship of July 12, 2020

Paul’s Second Letter to the Church in Corinth 1:1-11: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be…

Happy Thanksgiving from the Pastor, Staff and Consistory

Harvest Home in 1952. Dear Friends and Members of Emmanuel Church, It’s the day before Thanksgiving up on God’s Hill. A few updates from up on the Hill:   This Saturday, at 9 a.m., we will be having a COVID careful Hanging of the Greens to decorate for Christmas.  We won’t be going all out this year…

Sermon of November 15, 2020 — “Men Wording”

A reading from Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; 31:31-34:             In the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I…

“When You Shouldn’t Listen to God” Update for October 11, 2020

It’s a beautiful day up on God’s Hill! Dear Friends and Members of Emmanuel Church,  Good morning and happy Friday to you in this, Emmanuel Church’s 200th Anniversary Year!  Although all our plans have been changed and upended, ministry still happens and we still care about YOU! Sunday’s worship is part of our Fall Theme:  God’s…

The Story of the “Prayer Angels” Blanket Ministry

In 2016, a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ came to the pastor with an idea. She had received a prayer blanket from a Western Pennsylvania church when she went through chemotherapy treatments. Since the infusion can often make one cold, the blanket has a practical application as well as…

How to Pray: Imaginative Prayer Event. September 1 at 7 p.m.

This hybrid event will be taking place online and in person at Emmanuel Church. If you are joining us online, you can go over to our Facebook page where we will be live streaming the prayer service. If you prefer to show up in person, masks and social distancing rules will be followed. Grace and…

“Your Card Has been Declined” — Sermon and Worship of August 23, 2020

A reading from Psalm 103:1-5: Bless the Lord, O my soul,   and all that is within me,   bless his holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,   and do not forget all his benefits—3 who forgives all your iniquity,   who heals all your diseases,4 who redeems your life from the Pit,   who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,5 who satisfies you with good as long as you…

Sunday, August 16 Begins Four-Part Series on the Lord’s Prayer

Dear friends and members of Emmanuel Church,  Tomorrow begins a four week series on prayer, specifically, the Lord’s Prayer.  I will be preaching on the shorter version of the Lord’s Prayer, as found in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 11:2-4.  If you’d like to compare Luke’s version with the more familiar version we know in…

Sermon of August 2, 2020 — “Standing over the damage”

2 Corinthians Chapter 5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— 3if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not…