Immanuel Lutheran Church

Sunday Worship at 10:30 am

Immanuel Lutheran is open and affirming. All are welcome.

This Weekend at Immanuel

This Weekend at Immanuel Immanuel Lutheran Church. . . . rekindling hope1215 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 

ELCA presiding bishop responds to DACA announcement

"We are saddened today by the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided relief from deportation to young people who have grown up as members of our churches, as neighbors playing with our children, and enriching our communities. We pray today for those who will suffer undue repercussions due to the end of this program. As Lutherans, we regard the family as an indispensable social institution and stand firmly against policies that cause the separation of families." - Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.8 million members. "God's work. Our hands."

Decolonize Lutheranism

So President Trump is about to end the DACA program – leaving 800,000 undocumented youth in our country (largely Latinx, but from every corner of the world as well) under risk of deportation after 3 years of relative peace. In response to this, #decolonizeLutheranism would like to point everyone to Luther’s doctrine of the Two Kingdoms. Though often used as an excuse to keep the Church and church leaders “out of politics” and focused only on a bloodless notion of salvation and sacrament, Luther indeed had another intent for it. For as someone who stood toe to toe with the Holy Roman Emperor Carlos V himself and said “Here I stand,” the Reformer understood there are times that faith leaders must stand against the power of the state – especially when the church is called by God to defend its people from the forces of oppression. So in this vein, #decolonizeLutheranism would like to remind President Trump and his supporters and enablers of a few things:

Leviticus 19:33-34 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”


Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

And we call all Lutherans in the United States to stand up in defiance of President Trump's looming decision. For the love of Christ - whose own parents once struggled to find shelter and ran from the wrath of a wicked tyrant - open your doors to those fleeing deportation, kindergarteners who cower behind trees and park-slides for fear of ICE agents, and to the friends and family of all who will be effected by this evil policy shift – one of many to come from our government in recent months – and bind together with any and all that will help to protect those who may now be victim of racist government policies, be they from the decrees of mad kings or pharaohs or presidents.

Grunewald Guild

Have you made your reservation to join us at Gruenwald Guild for our bi-ennial retreat?
Talk to Joan on Sunday or call the church office on Tuesday.
BTW - The church office will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday. The Food Bank & Hygiene Center as operations of Immanuel Community Services will be open and will welcome your time talent and resources.

As we settle into a daily rhythm of sharing a bit of the Guild via Facebook, "Friday at the Finisterre" has a nice ring to it. Enjoy this video of the making of the Finisterre, the Guild's newest outdoor installation honoring Guild Founder Richard Caemmerer and our Guild Masters.

This Sunday at Immanuel

This Sunday at Immanuel Immanuel Lutheran Church. . . . rekindling hope1215 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 

Immanuel Community Services

The devastation in the Gulf area from #Harvey is heart-breaking...especially for the folks who are unsheltered​/homeless before the storm & don't have anywhere to go seek refuge.

In Corpus Christi, a town with an estimated 8,100 homeless, only one shelter was able to stay open during the hurricane and provided shelter to only 300 if those 8,100!

Sending our thoughts for the safety of ALL Texan residents.
#hopedignitycommunity #compassion

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