Our Anchor + Tonight at Immanuel!
Good morning Immanuel. God's hold on us is always stronger than our hold on Him.
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:19-20).
About ten years ago, a family member took me on a boat trip on a river in Washington state. The boat was small and easily affected by the current. After a few hours of sputtering around and not catching anything, we decided to call it quits and make our way back to the banks. As we neared the banks, I figured we were close enough for me to jump out and make it to shore, but I overestimated my ability to jump and underestimated the boat's tendency to drift. I came to this realization mid-air as the force of my jump pushed the boat further away, and I plunged into neck-deep water. It would have been nice to have an anchor.
The human heart is a bit like that boat. We are prone to drift, overestimating our strength and underestimating the spiritual forces waging war against us. But the good news of our life in Christ is that we have an anchor for the soul—a sure and steadfast anchor. Our willpower and motivation may falter, but just as a strong anchor keeps a storm-tossed boat from drifting away, a sure and steadfast anchor keeps the storm-tossed soul from drifting away. Our soul's anchor is greater than any earthly anchor. All other anchors sink downward. But our heavenly anchor rises to heaven itself, even to the presence of God, where Christ has gone on our behalf! There is no place more secure than the love of God in Christ, our risen Savior. At the Father's right hand reside mercy, pardon, security, and acceptance in Christ. Our hope is alive, and He will hold this storm-tossed soul fast!
May 24, 2023 - Immanuel At a Glance
SUNDAY SERMON - If you missed Sunday’s sermon, we’ve got you covered! You can get caught up here!
PARK AVENUE ELEMENTARY - Your generous donations towards Park Avenue Elementary during Carolfest made a memorable celebration lunch for the outgoing 5th-grade students possible. Park Avenue Elementary extends a heartfelt thank you to Immanuel Church!
Acts - Join us at 6:30 pm in the worship center. Adults will continue our study time in the book of Acts!
iKids and Student Ministry - No iKids or Student ministry in observance of summer break.
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN JUNE
1 John with Pastor Sam Allberry - During the month of June, Pastor Sam Allberry will be teaching an interactive four-part series through 1 John. The class will be filmed as a resource and will be held in the cafe. Space will be limited, so RSVP to save your seat!
No Wed. Night Students or iKids in June.
On the Horizon
ONLINE PRAYER - Every week, Jenn Ross, one of our Discipleship Groups leaders, facilitates two online prayer meetings that everyone is welcome to join. Join us every Thursday afternoon from 12:00-12:45 pm, or every Sunday morning from 7:30-8:00 am.
TENTH GENERATION - Learn more about Immanuel’s 200-year vision of gospel renewal through our Tenth Generation Campaign! Here are a few creative ways to give:
God be praised!