Emmanuel is an independent Lutheran Congregation that is currently being served by a Pastor of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS). Though independent, we practice altar and pulpit fellowship with the Pastors and Congregations of the LCMS.
Emmanuel is a confessional Lutheran Congregation. We subscribe to the Book of Concord, because we believe that it is a true and faithful exposition of the Holy Scriptures.
Emmanuel is a liturgical Lutheran Congregation. At the center of our liturgy every Sunday (The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941) is the celebration of the Lord's Supper, where we eat and drink the Body and Blood of God's Son, Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins. We also observe the Scriptural and historic church practice of closed communion.
Emmanuel is also a traditional Lutheran Congregation, where
- We appreciate the scriptural teaching of Law and Gospel in sermons and Bible class.
- We believe that sin has eternal consequences, and so we practice church discipline - humbly admonishing one another with God's Word in the hope that those who fall may be restored to everlasting life.
- Meetings of the congregational are open to all confirmed members, who may speak on any issue that may be brought up. Such meetings seek consensus through informal discussion by all communicant members.
- In congregational matters that require a formal vote, decisions are made by communicant members who are males who have reached the age of 18 years (Genesis 2:18; 1 Corinthians 11:3, 14:34-36; 1 Timothy 2:12-13; Ephesians 5:23-24; 1 Peter 3:1).
- We cherish the Biblical custom of using one cup at the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:25-26).
- We publicly encourage the practice of proportionate first-fruits giving (Proverbs 3:9), and freely give our tithes and offerings to the Lord to support the ministry of the Gospel and the work of His Church at home and abroad.
- We believe that all life is created by God - that He is the One who gives and who takes away, and so we actively support human life and strongly oppose abortion and euthanasia.