What is in a name?
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
This means “God with us”—the name by which the prophets foretold the arrival of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23). We confess that, in Jesus Christ, God became one with humanity, that in Christ God dwelled—and still dwells—“with us.” In and through Jesus Christ, we have peace with God and are made whole.
God’s “dwelling-with-us” is good news (in Greek, evangelion) not only for us, but for the whole world. Because God’s salvation is good news for all humanity, we are called by God to announce it to the world and to share the faith we have in God through Jesus Christ.
Our lives need not be patterns of despair and emptiness. We boldly proclaim: what God has done is grounds for true hope and joy!
Drawing on the tradition of the German church reformer, Martin Luther (who would have hated to have a church named after him). Does our commitment to a tradition mean that we are stuck in some kind of rut with a dead faith that is irrelevant to contemporary life? No. We look at the entire sweep of church history as a treasure chest full of resources which can help us understand our faith as we live in the world today.
Finally, we are: Church.
This is where it all comes together. Church is not a building. Rather, it is the people who know and believe the good news of Jesus Christ and who gather in Christ’s name to worship and praise God. The center of this gathering is the weekly Eucharist on Sunday morning. This is when we hear the good news by reading the Holy Scriptures and are nourished for our mission (to witness and to serve) through the sacrament of bread and wine.