Greetings in Christ,

This weekend is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost and at Immanuel, it is our Outdoor Service.

The Outdoor Service gives us an opportunity to enjoy creation as we hear God’s Word about His continued work leading to the restoration of all creation. We still have a 530 service on Saturday, but our only Sunday morning service will be at 10:15 after the Bible study hour and will be held on the church lawn on the alley side. With the new Narthex, we have a nice little alcove in which to gather.

When was the last time you actually rested? When was the last time that you had peace? No anxiety? Not wondering what could be going wrong at work or in some other area of vocation, but just rested? One of the big themes in the liturgy this weekend is “rest.” God established the Sabbath…the rest day…for man to rest rather than to toil. Today, that is one of the hardest things for us to do. We want to work and work and work. We have a difficult time stepping back and resting. While we are not under the Old Testament Mosaic code we still need rest and in Christ – who takes the burden of the law from our backs and gives us His rest – we find eternal rest. Christ fulfilled the law in its entirety so that we truly have rest from the demands of the law. In Christ, we find true rest.

Pastor Troup will be preaching this weekend and will dig into the topic much more.

I look forward to seeing you all this weekend as we hear God’s Word and sing His praises.

In Christ,
Pastor Merritt

You can take a look at the Service Folder now to look through the prayers, hymns, and other elements of the worship service this weekend as you prepare.

You can also dig deeper into the liturgy with this segment from Issues, Etc.

Here’s the summary of the lectionary readings to help tie the themes together.

Christ Jesus Is the Sabbath Rest that Remains for the People of God Forevermore

The Lord brought the sons of Israel out of Egypt “with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,” in order to give them rest (Deut. 5:15). When He commanded them to “observe the Sabbath day,” therefore, it meant not doing “any work” but resting in His works (Deut. 5:12, 14). So has the same Lord, Jesus Christ, come in the flesh to fulfill the Law and to become our Sabbath Rest. As David “entered the house of God,” and not only “ate the bread of the Presence” but “also gave it to those who were with him” (Mark 2:26), the Lord Jesus entered the Holy of Holies as our great High Priest, in order to feed us with His flesh as the true bread of the Presence of God. As “lord even of the Sabbath,” He works “to do good,” to heal and “to save life” (Mark 2:28; 3:2, 4). He brings us out of sin and death and gives us rest in His own crucified and risen body. Though it is given “in jars of clay,” the life of Jesus is thereby manifested in our bodies (2 Cor. 4:7–11).

If you weren’t able to join us last week, you can catch up now.