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

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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A Different Kind of Knowledge: May It Be So

March 5, 2018

Philippians 1: 9-11 And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the…

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Clinging to Goodness: May It Be So

March 2, 2018

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9 On the first night of the 2017 World Series, watching Clayton Kershaw pitch, I said, “Oh my goodness.” I thought, in a second moment, oh. my. Goodness. What is Goodness? Is it culturally inflected? Does it depend on “good for…

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A Law of Relationship: May It Be So

March 1, 2018

Jeremiah 32:17-25 17 Ah Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. 18 You show steadfast love to the thousandth generation, but repay the guilt of parents into the laps of their children after them, O great and mighty God whose…

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God's Work Isn't a Secret: May It Be So

February 28, 2018

Luke 2: 25-26, 29-32  Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen…

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Abounding in Hope: May it Be So

February 27, 2018

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 At first reading, especially if the person doing the reading views faith skeptically, this prayer can sound less like a fervent wish for someone, and…

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Widening Circles: May It Be So

February 26, 2018

“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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Weaving Faith and Prayer: May It Be So

February 22, 2018

Psalm 30:6-12  When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” Lord, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed. To you, Lord, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: “What is gained if I am silenced, if I go…

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Ignite Our Anger: May It Be So

February 21, 2018

Habakkuk: 1:1-5  The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4 So the…

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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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Be a Gardener of the Week in Our Interfaith Garden!

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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Add Spirituality to your Summer Vacation: 5 Simple Ideas

Taking a break from work or school during the summer doesn’t have to mean taking a break from your spiritual life. Use our tips to add spirituality and reflection to your summer vacation.

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Holy Monday Devotional

For Holy Week, Immanuel has created a series of online devotionals. Each devotional is adapted from a monologue written by Rev. Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt. Immanuel will perform these monologues and others at this year’s Maundy Thursday service (April 13, 7:30 pm).

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Making Room: Reusable Mugs

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31   Today’s eco-tip comes from Brian Wilhour, Immanuel’s Director of Music: Enjoy Immanuel’s Christmas Cantata, Light from Light, at 9:00 am and 11:00 am this Sunday, December 9th. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy cookies and coffee in…

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P.O.L.O. (Parents of Little Ones) Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 a.m.

Calling parents of young children!  Our ‘Parents of Little Ones’ small group meets April 6 ! Our study materials vary, from the Bible to books to blogs to  podcasts. Childcare (and donut holes) will be provided. Want to receive POLO (Parents of Little Ones) monthly emails?  These emails include info about upcoming discussion topics, what…

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A Prayer for Ash Wednesday: May It Be So

As Lent begins, you are invited to journey with Immanuel as we reflect on prayers from the Bible. Each weekday, we will post a new online reflection written by an Immanuelite based on a Biblical prayer. Because of our prayer focus, we have entitled these reflections May it Be So: Reflections for a Prayerful Lent.…

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Praying the Psalms: May It Be So

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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Holy Tuesday Devotional

For Holy Week, Immanuel has created a series of online devotionals. Each devotional is adapted from a monologue written by Rev. Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt. Immanuel will perform these monologues and others at this year’s Maundy Thursday service (April 13, 7:30 pm).

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5 Ways to Be an Ally to Your Transgender Neighbors

Earlier this year, Immanuel welcomed Sara from Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau. Sara shared her story and led a conversation on how best to be allies to our transgender neighbors. Below, our friends at Equality Virginia offer other tips on becoming a better ally and friend to people of all gender identities and expressions.

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