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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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Making Room: Paper Towels

“For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.” Job 14:7   Today’s eco-tip comes from Immanuel member Kevin Hovis: God gives us little blessings like paper towels to wipe our hands when they are wet. I see so many people…

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Getting to Know Lucy Brown

We’re excited to welcome Lucy Brown as Immanuel’s new Church Secretary. Below, we asked her a few introductory questions. Stop by the church office during the week and give Lucy a big “welcome” or send her an email at lbrown@ipcmclean.org. — Q: If you were mayor for the day, what three things would you change…

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2020 Giving and Praying Challenge

During the 50 days of Eastertide, until May 31, Immanuel is asking you to pray for those who are experiencing greater hardships than we can imagine, and to pause in these prayers to write a check to support those charities who care for the most vulnerable. In the spirit of a Matthew 25 church, we ask…

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Abounding in Hope: May it Be So

“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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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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March 22, 2020 Digital Worship Service

Welcome to online worship at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) for Sunday, March 22, 2020! Below, you will find the recorded worship service. Please follow along with the digital bulletin and offering information below. Peace be with you! March 22, 2020 Digital Bulletin Please note that prayer concerns can be emailed to office@ipcmclean.org. For this week’s…

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Making Room: Spiritual, Ecological Reflections for Advent

                  “In the desert someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him.’” Mark 1:3, Contemporary English Version What if welcoming Jesus meant changing the ways we treat our human neighbors? Our animal neighbors? All of God’s creation? This year,…

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Digital Worship for April 19, 2020

Welcome to online worship at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) for Sunday, April 19! Please follow along with the digital bulletin below. Digital Bulletin: Click here New to Immanuel? Please take a few moments to let us know about yourself – just scan the QR code to the right to get started or click here. Prayer Concerns:…

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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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Digital Worship for Sunday, April 26 – Youth Sunday

Welcome to online worship at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (USA) for Sunday, April 26! Today is Youth Sunday! Please follow along with the digital bulletin below. Digital Bulletin: Click here New to Immanuel? Please take a few moments to let us know about yourself – just scan the QR code to the right to get started or…

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