Worship Services

10:00am & 5:30pm

Location

1125 Savile Lane
McLean, VA 22101
703-356-3042

Worship Services

10:00am & 5:30pm

Location

1125 Savile Lane
McLean, VA 22101

Sing a New Song: The Story Behind a New Hymn

May 10, 2018

Brian Wilhour, Director of Music, and Pastor Aaron recently composed a new hymn as an auction item for Immanuel’s annual auction fundraiser. This month, we premiered the hymn during Immanuel’s Sunday worship services. Sarah Sherman, Music Assistant for Children and Youth, interviewed Brian and Pastor Aaron during Sunday morning’s moment for young disciples.    …

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Green Faith: Resources for an Earth-Friendly Spirituality

April 20, 2018

The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Order lists “Faithful stewardship that shuns ostentation and seeks proper use of the gifts of God’s creation” as one of the great themes of our tradition (G-2.0500). But how can Presbyterians today be better stewards of God’s creation? We’ve compiled a resource list of organizations, theologians, and writers to…

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Be a Gardener of the Week in Our Interfaith Garden!

April 20, 2018

To volunteer for “Gardener of the Week,” click here! This summer we’ll be growing cucumbers, beans, peppers, cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, and okra. *New! BOUNTY BASKET: STARTING JUNE 17! If you tend the garden on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning, you can simply leave your harvest in the “bounty basket” in the Breezeway. ALL IMMANUELITES ARE…

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New Books in the Immanuel Library: Spring 2018

March 22, 2018

God’s Secretaries, The Making of the King James Bible, by Adam Nicolson, 1903.  An irenicon: it was a political tool aimed toward making peace in an England of warring religious passions, each with their own Bible.  By design, the words are ambiguous, yet rich with multiple hidden meanings, so that every reader will find peace.  James…

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Praying the Psalms: May It Be So

March 15, 2018

As Holy Week nears, our Lenten devotionals shift. Jewish and Christian communities have long prayed the Psalms as a spiritual practice and discipline. As our Lenten journey nears its end, we invite you to try praying the Psalms, as well. After a few centering breaths, try beginning by reading the Psalm aloud and slowly. A…

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Praying With Our Breath: May It Be So

March 13, 2018

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.   In his second letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul ends his letter with the benediction and prayer above, sending peace “at all times and in all ways.”…

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Praying the Fine Print: May It Be So

March 12, 2018

Genesis 28: 20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this…

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Next Right Steps: May It Be So

March 12, 2018

Exodus 33:12-13 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in…

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No Other Choice Than Hope: May It Be So

March 9, 2018

Job 1:20-21 Then Job arose, tore his robe, shaved his head, and fell on the ground and worshiped. He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”   I don’t believe that God…

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Don’t Forget to Pack Your Tambourine: May It Be So

March 8, 2018

Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. Exodus 15: 20   Upon reading this passage, my thoughts go to the events leading up to this celebratory song and dance. Prior to this, Miriam is referred to as…

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When No One Is Watching: May It Be So

March 7, 2018

Jeremiah 12: 1-4 You will be in the right, O Lord, when I lay charges against you; but let me put my case to you. Why does the way of the guilty prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive? You plant them, and they take root; they grow and bring forth fruit; you are near…

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Someone's Army: May It Be So

March 6, 2018

Psalm 33 13-22 From heaven the Lord looks down     and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches     all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all,     who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army;     no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse…

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Making Room: Document Shredding

“Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.”   2 John 1:12    Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Susan Gregory Sort and recycle your old…

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Do We Mean Every Word? [Devotional]

“Be Thou My Vision” is my favorite hymn. In hymns as with people, “favorites” are generously rich inspiring and thoughtful words. As with people, there are also parts of which we are not so fond.

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Making Room: Experiences Over Things

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10   Today’s eco-tip comes from Liz Pruchnicki, Immanuel’s Youth Director.  This Advent, prioritize experiences over things. Especially in your holiday shopping this year, try to gift experiences instead of stuff. It not only helps the environment, it also reorders our living away…

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Making Room: Sunscreen

“From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the Lord is to be praised.” Psalm 113: 3    Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Nate Buchanan: Use biodegradable sunscreen rather than the usual brands, which contain oxybenzone, a chemical that severely damages aquatic ecosystems, particularly coral reefs. Learn more about reef…

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Tears and Living Water [Devotional]

I love this passage—even though I have no idea what Jesus is talking about. Lots of things flow out of my life; I doubt any of them are living water. I think on my best days I am better likened to a tepid, dripping tap.

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Widening Circles: May It Be So

“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 Ranier Maria Rilke wrote, “I live my life in widening circles.”  The sense of family,  of community, of close connection drew us initially to Immanuel. We enjoyed the shared warmth of greetings in the pews, conversation over coffee…

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New! 'Living Our Faith, Giving in Gratitude' Videos

Click here to watch the first in a series of brief video clips featuring Immanuel members discussing why they give to Immanuel! Pledge Sunday is November 11.

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Making Room: Take a Walk

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.” Psalm 24: 1-2   Today’s eco-tip comes from Liz Pruchnicki, Immanuel’s Youth Director. If you’re able, take a walk outdoors today. Turn off…

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Praying the Fine Print: May It Be So

Genesis 28: 20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this…

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Making Room: Try Composting

“Then God planted a garden in Eden, in the east. He put the man he had just made in it. God made all kinds of trees grow from the ground, trees beautiful to look at and good to eat. The Tree-of-Life was in the middle of the garden, also the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil.” Genesis 2: 8-9   Today’s…

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