Home packets for worship will be created each week we do not have church service. These packets will contain a worship service with music references and a short sermon based on the Gospel Reading for the week and a prayer list. Also, to be included most weeks is a Bible Study - We are currently working on Genesis This will go to our church members who are on the internet. If you would like to be added to this list, or would like a printed copy mailed to you, please send an email or voice mail requesting the packet with their email or home address.
Matthew 25: 36-40
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“May you live in interesting times” is an apocryphal Chinese curse, but the statement holds true. Like it or not, 2020 met that description. These “interesting times” are times of pandemic and uncertainty.
In December of 2019, health officials from China alerted us of a virus that had not previously been seen. This virus has spread to every nation on Earth and as of January 1, 2021, there were over 20 million cases and over 350,000 deaths in the United States (over 585 that day alone in California). While we now have vaccines ready and have begun administering them, we still have a long journey to travel until we are safe again, and there will be many more casualties along the way.
In 2020, we saw unprecedented fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters beyond normal expectations. It was a horrible year for so many in so many ways. We have lost too many people, too soon; to Covid-19, other illnesses, violence, accident, and age. For many there has been no opportunity to grieve.
We have lost some great leaders in our country who offered us hope and inspiration for our future. There has been societal unrest, political divide, and economic disasters.
Last year was unlike any other year in our lifetimes, leaving people to wonder “Where is God?”.
And yet we have hope. Luther warned against tempting God with overconfidence and underestimating the seriousness of the plague. But he also advised Christians who trust God to care for our neighbor using the passages above. We, as Emanuel, have responded.
While our worshiping together was cut short early in the year; suspended due to health concerns, we continued to worship separately but in spirit together. We were blessed with sermons contributed by the Synod and blessed by the faithfulness of our Church Administrator in assuring we received our worship packets and other pertinent information. We have a devoted crew who continue our Tuesday night dinners, going the extra mile to assure all safety precautions are met. We had members who continued to stay in contact with members and friends of Emanuel, letting them know that they had not been forgotten. Our faithful Prayer Warriors quietly supporting us with their supplications. We had volunteers who continue to support us and care for us at our facility. And we have had the continued financial support required to keep our facility going. During this pandemic, we have been blessed. “Where is God?” God has been and continues to be with us.
We have not been able to return to our in-person worshiping every Sunday, but God has allowed us to see that His ministry goes beyond a Sunday morning worship, that he is everywhere and always a part of our lives.
We may be stripped of the finery, but without the finery, we wear our work clothes and can roll up our sleeves and get to work.
Our thoughts are with all of you.
With Strength and Compassion,
Emanuel Lutheran Church
“Emanuel” is a Hebrew word that means “God with us” and He is,
here and now, in this present life! Let us show you...
Isaiah 56:7 says, “For my house will be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.” We wholeheartedly believe this, so much so,
that we had the passage written in stone and hung just outside
our front doors. We really do mean all are welcome!
If you are a first time visitor to our church, please make yourself
known to one of our members at service. We would enjoy
introducing you to the Emanuel family. Otherwise, feel free to
contact the Office to learn more.
At this time, there will be no church services through March 2021 due to
COVID-19 issues and our concerns for the safety of our congregation and the community.
Giving Thanks Dinner will be decided on a week-by-week basis.
Please check with the church office on Mondays or check back on this website. All dinners will be distributed as To-Go-Boxes for pick up only.
All are welcome!
Sunday Worship Services
9:00am (Fellowship Coffee Hour)
10:00am (Emanuel Lutheran Church)
12:00pm (Christ the King CEC)
206 3rd Street SE, Yelm, WA 98597
360-458-3861 | email@example.com
Office Open: 9:00-12:00pm Monday-Friday