10:30am Worship Service Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, nurturing disciples. We are a Lutheran Church of the ELCA, Montana Synod, located in the community of Absarokee, Montana, southern Stillwater County, on Montana Highway 78.
We are diagonally across the street from the Absarokee Elementary School playground.
Mission: Immanuel Lutheran Church welcomes all people into the community of Jesus Christ, equipping them to be disciples and sending them forth to serve and witness in Jesus' name.
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Sunday's gospel reminds us of the importance of the "Office of the Keys". Watch this video to get some context to how Luther saw the importance of this "office"
If you attend worship on Sunday morning, you probably won’t hear the phrase “Office of the Keys.” Nonetheless, the office of the keys is at the heart of a Lu...
Sunday's Worship Service- Listen for Sandy's beautiful prelude
August 9th Worship Service
10:30am, Bible Study 9am. Please keep an eye out for changing state guidelines that will impact parts of our plan to return to worship.
This Sunday's gospel text is the story of Jesus walking on water as the disciples are stuck in a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Watch this video to get a glimpse of what area looks like
"The sea's location makes it subject to sudden and violent storms as the wind comes over the eastern mountains and drops suddenly onto the sea. Storms are especially likely when an east wind blows cool air over the warm air that covers the sea. The cold air (being heavier) drops as the warm air rises. This sudden change can produce surprisingly furious storms in a short time, as it did in Jesus' day (Matt. 8 & 14)."
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9th Sunday after Pentecost Worship
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[06/27/20] Watch for our online worship posted here on our page tomorrow at 10am
With the recent rising cases around us, The Executive Team has decided to suspend in-person worship for the next two weeks. Thanks for your understanding
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Come worship with us (10:30am). Jesus invites us to trust him and not to fear. Especially when times are difficult.
Worship Service June 14
Mr. Pockets- June and July
In our first reading (Exodus 19), God makes a binding covenant relationship with Israel at Mount Sinai. Although the location is still debated, watch this video to see what the area looks like
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(Acts 2) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The liturgical calendar is fast approaching the time of Pentecost. Pentecost celebrates the disciples receiving the Holy Spirit (as flaming tongues of fire) and being commissioned as the ascended Jesus’ representatives in the world. This great sending of the Church to preach the gospel to every nation and to continue Jesus’ saving mission has been taken up by followers in every time and place since then.
In Acts chapter 2, we hear a great description of what life was like for those followers living in Jerusalem. They:
1. Devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship
2. Broke bread (Holy Communion and table fellowship)
4. They had everything in common and gave to those who were in need.
At its best, this is the Church living out the ethics of their Savior who modeled this type of fellowship for them. These believers in Jerusalem weren’t called Christians yet, they called themselves “followers of the Way”. They called themselves that not because they believed that they themselves were the way. As if they were superior followers who lived morally perfect lives. Instead, they called themselves that because they aimed to follow Jesus, “The way, the truth and the life.”, in all that they did.
Growing up in the 90’s there was a trend that became popular in Christian circles. It was the WWJD bracelets. Do you remember those? Many Christians to this day groan at them and feel that they were very cheesy. But I never did. In fact, I found that idea to be a very helpful reflective tool.
In every situation in my life that I faced I could ask, “What would Jesus do in this moment?”
Now of course, I am not going to always answer that question correctly, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an important question to ask. If we aren’t asking what Jesus desires from of us and what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us at this moment than we aren’t really living as if Jesus’ kingdom is actually at work in our world today.
So, go buy yourself a WWJD bracelet.
Devote yourself to those meaningful practices modeled by Jesus and the early church. And remind yourself that you too are a follower of “the Way.”
The way of your Savior.
5th Sunday- Easter Season
Sunday Worship Service- "Good Shepherd Sunday"
Church clean-up this Saturday
Priscilla: Missionary and Teacher
When you pick up your Bible and read the New Testament letters such as Romans or 1 Peter, you can get the sense that you are reading someone else’s mail. Not because it’s a private letter that wasn’t for others to read. But because there are people and situations mentioned in the letters that we have no context for understanding.
This leads us to want to know more and more about the people and circumstances that the author is writing about as they address these Christian churches.
One of those people is Priscilla.
Priscilla, whom we learn about from reading Acts and the letters of Paul, is a missionary, teacher, fellow tentmaker and a friend of Paul.
Priscilla was living in Rome with her husband Aquilla when the Jews were deported from the city. After their explosion from Rome, they traveled to Corinth to join Paul in supporting the churches. Paul in Romans 16 writes, “Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workings in the ministry of Christ Jesus.” As you can see from this example, Priscilla is often mentioned first before her husband Aquilla showing her significant status (and equality) within the early church.
In reading through the book of Acts, we learn that she (along with Aquilla) was a gifted teacher that helped to correct the teachings of the evangelist Apollos. And in Romans 16, Paul says that they “risked their lives” to save him and that all the gentile churches are grateful for their ministry. It’s thought that the couple was martyred for their faith.
It’s no wonder that the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches have venerated her as a saint.
3rd Sunday in Easter Worship Service
DAVID: A KING AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
Last week we looked at the story of Gideon from the book of Judges. Gideon, like many of the “heroes” or “judges”, is a complicated character who makes some very good choices, but he also makes some very destructive ones as well. These stories highlight Israel’s need for wise and faithful leaders and so the next book, the book of 1 Samuel provides an answer to that need.
1 Samuel starts off by the people of Israel wanting a king like all the other nations. A king will unify them into one nation under one leader. God finally relents to their requests even though God knows what will happen. So amongst the tribes of Israel King Saul is chosen. And Saul looks like your typical king. He is handsome and taller than all the other men in Israel. But Saul has deep character flaws and they become his downfall.
Because of his pride and destructive choices, God decides to raise up a new king from the people of Israel and we see the same pattern as before. The prophet Samuel is told to go to a man named Jesse who has 7 sons. One of those sons will be the new king. And Samuel once assumes that the eldest son, who is handsome and tall in his own right, is going to be the new king. But that isn’t the son that God has chosen. In fact, in Cinderella fashion, Samuel goes through each son, one-by-one and none of those sons is the one that God has chosen. Samuel asks Jesse, “Do you have any other sons?” Jesse replies, “Just my youngest, who is tending my sheep.” And it’s David, this insignificant shepherd boy who is chosen as king.
Everyone there must have been shocked at God’s choice. But God says that he doesn’t look at the outward appearance of people, but he looks at their hearts. God desires leaders who have hearts for him.
So, what is the point of this story?
1. This story asks the question, “What are you really looking for in human leadership?” Is it outward appearance? Or is it a person’s heart?
2. The following stories in 1 Samuel also begin to compare and contrast the two kings (Saul and David). Telling us what kind of leaders God desires.
David is God’s king. Saul is the people’s king.
David has a heart for God. Saul was a man seeking human praise.
David was humble, kind, and forgiving. But Saul was cruel and unforgiving.
Now, we know David has his own character flaws and makes terrible decisions as well. He is human after all. But the point remains that God looks at the human heart as the most important attribute of a person.
We’re a congregation of Christians that recognizes our early Norwegian heritage. Initially organized in 1895 and officially founded in 1897, we are among the first Lutheran Congregations in the state of Montana. Immanuel is part of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Located in Absarokee, Montana, in south Stillwater County, we are nestled in the foothills of the Absaroka Beartooth Mountains.
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