Thoughts for the New Year

Some words from the Bishop as we prepare for 2017.


Christmas 2016

Join the Emanuel family for our special Christmas services this year. We will have a candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 7:00pm and worship Christmas morning at 10:00am.

Come worship the new born king!

Easter Sunday Services!

Hello Emanuel Family! Blessings to you this Holy Week.

Please join us Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Sunrise Service will be at 7:00 at the Elliott/West End Overlook. The sun will be shining but remember to dress warmly! Join us afterwards at the church for pastries and coffee.

Easter Worship will follow at 10:00. Come ready to celebrate and worship with joy and thanksgiving. All are welcomed and loved!

Oscar Romero Reflection

Here is the reading from today’s service written in memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero who worked to end violence and injustice in his home country of El Salvador.¬†This prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw.

A Future Not Our Own

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view.
The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of
saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession
brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives include everything.

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one
day will grow. We water the seeds already planted
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of
liberation in realizing this.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s
grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the
difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not
messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.