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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
“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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
“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…Read More
“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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Sarah Sherman, Immanuel’s Music Assistant for Children and Youth, will travel to Europe this summer to be trained by Musicians Without Borders. Musicians Without Borders uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war. Below, Sarah shares her inspiration and the journey ahead. — “The care of souls…
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.
Immanuel member Gordon Piel began writing children’s books in 2016. Since then, children in his family have been captivated by his vivid illustrations and charming stories. Recently, Gordon has begun sharing his books with the children at Immanuel during morning hour; likewise, copies of his books are now available in the Immanuel library.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Alex Abi-Najm If you are able, take stairs instead of elevators whenever possible. You…
Gail and Jenna both enjoyed The Book of Joy enough to submit GodBook recommendations for it! This week, we offer their two reviews—and we’re looking forward to a third or fourth review.
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…
For many of us, the final weeks of summer are the last chance for reading before the deluge of fall begins. Summer reading is also a great opportunity to reflect on the big spiritual questions of life, such as wisdom, grief, and calling.
“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…
There’s over a month of summer vacation left for kids in Fairfax County, and you might be running low on ideas to keep your family entertained. To help make the most of the last days of summer, we’ve compiled our favorite list of fun activities for kids in Northern Virginia. Best of all, everything on...
So far, Immanuel young adults have utilized $1,273 dollars on www.kiva.org to make $1,475 dollars in loans to people across the world. How is that possible, you ask? When we make a kiva microloan, beneficiaries repay those loans slowly over time so that donors can reinvest those dollars as other microloans. Between now and April, Immanuel…