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FROM THE PASTOR

Published on May 16, 2016

Our Father, who from heav’n above Bids all of us to live in love
As members of one family And pray to You in unity,
Teach us no thoughtless words to say But from our inmost hearts to pray.
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Greetings and a Blessed Eastertide to you!

Prayer and the Christian Life

Rogate, “Ask Sunday,” is the last Sunday before the Ascension. Our Lord rose on Easter and was with the disciples for forty days until he ascended to the Father and took up always and fully all of his divine glory. Your Lord Jesus fills all things, by virtue of his Godhead, and constantly brings your prayers to the Father. Thus he tells you to ask in his name and you will receive it. For the past month or so, we have studied prayer in Sunday Bible Class. We have looked at who prays, to whom we pray, what we pray, when we pray; and we will continue to study it yet a little while longer.  I hope this study of prayer has been beneficial. So often we assume the prayer is only “asking,” and how burdensome would that be if we were to unceasingly only have to ask of the Father? Yet Christian prayer is not a burden. The question above assumes prayer to be solely a function of the Law. Instead Christian prayer relies solely upon the Gospel, the forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit equips us with the faith that trusts in Christ and relies on Christ and thus directs our prayers.

This Sunday we have revamped and overhauled the prayer list. Now we will not only pray for the sick, but also for our shut-ins, women with child in the congregation, our government, our church and pastors, our school and faculty and staff. Please let us know if you would like to add any family or friends to the list. We want to pray for all neighbors that we might trust in God’s mercy and forgiveness for them in whatever needs they may have. We pray not only to intercede for them, but also to praise God for them and to thank Him for what He gives our neighbors and us.

The topic of prayer suffers much false teaching. I hope that our studies have been and continue to be fruitful so that we might think on this gift that God has given us and how we might always love him and the neighbor when we “call upon him in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.”

Confirmation: Never an End of Catechesis

This month we celebrate the confirmation of four catechumens on Pentecost, 15 May. Confirmation, a churchly rite, has suffered much abuse in the Church. Often it has been viewed an treated as a graduation, an end of Sunday School and Christian learning. But in fact, Confirmation only confirms that the Baptized are indeed Christians. It confirms that they desire to live as Christians and that they also desire to continue to be Christians and receive the Lord’s gifts in the Divine Service weekly.

Our recent traditions have paired the First Communion with Confirmation. Whether it ought always to be like this is a topic for later discussion, but it is important to note that the two occasions are different. First Communion trains Christians to understand Christian doctrine in order to discern that they are sinners in need of the Sacrament of the Altar to receive the forgiveness of sins, comfort the conscience, and strengthen their faith and love towards God and one another. Confirmation is a confession that this Christian faith is theirs that they will hold until death, by the grace of God. This year our eighth graders will receive both for their benefit and yours. It is good to see and care for our fellow Christians as they confess their faith. Pray for our confirmands and our catechumens (confirmation students). Pray for strength of faith, courage of conscience, resolution to receive the Lord’s gifts often, and also a bold confession that they would always confess Christ as Lord and trust firmly in His Means of Grace.

Blessed Eastertide!

In Christ,

Pastor Paul

Holy Week Service Schedule

Published on March 6, 2016

March 20—Palm Sunday– Divine Service- 9 a.m.
March 21- Holy Monday Matins- 8:05 a.m.
March 22- Holy Tuesday Matins- 8:05 a.m.
March 23- Holy Wednesday Matins- 8:05 a.m.
March 24 Maundy Thursday Matins- 8:05 a.m.
March 24– Maundy Thursday- Divine Service- 7 p.m.
March 25– Good Friday –Chief Service at 12 p.m.
March 25– Good Friday- Tenebrae – 7 p.m.
March 26– Easter Vigil Service- 7 p.m.
March 27- Easter Divine Service- 9 a.m.
The Board of Directors will serve breakfast Easter morning from 7:30-8:30 in the parish hall. Free Will Offering.

The Lutheran Hour- March 2016 schedule

Published on March 6, 2016

March 6 "Reconciled Reconcilers" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
Through forgiveness, God gives us another way to deal with people who have hurt us. (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
March 13 "It's Worth the Sacrifice" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
God calls us to be the right people in the wrong place, for the sake of others. (Philippians 3:8-14)
March 20 "Strive for What You Already Have" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
Christianity is about putting to work what God has already given us, in Christ. (Philippians 2:5-11)
March 27 "An Unbeliever's Sermon" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz
Pastor Ken Klaus asked several non-believing friends to help him write his Easter sermon. Hear what they said (Luke 24:5-6)

Immanuel Lutheran Church is co-sponsoring the Lutheran Hour Program with Lutheran Hour Ministries on local radio station, KBIM FM 94.9 every Sunday morning at 7:30 AM. The FM station reaches most communities in SE New Mexico, including Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Lovington, Portales, and Ruidoso. The Lutheran Hour Program is no longer broadcast on KBIM 910 AM. Lutheran Hour can also be heard on Christian Satellite KAWZ FM 90.5 at 8:00 AM. KAWZ has a limited broadcasting range and only reaches the outskirts of the Roswell.
The weekly cost of transferring the LHM broadcasting to KBIM FM has doubled.....to $90.70 per week. LHM asks that when members & supporters of LHM, make donations to LHM (regardless whether donations are sent directly to LHM or are given through our local church treasurer) that donors write # 3240 in the "memo" space in the left hand corner of your check) This will help Lutheran Hour Ministries determine whether local programming is being supported financially by local listeners.
If any questions please call Hugh Taylor 622-0267 or email at hedtaylorjr@gmail.com

 

Lutheran High North Concert Band

Published on March 6, 2016

The Lutheran High North Concert Band from Houston, TX will perform at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1405 N. Sycamore, Roswell, NM 88201 on Marsh 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.

 

Congratulations

Published on March 6, 2016

Segen Hansen made the ENMU– R fall 2015 dean’s list. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.25 or higher grade point average while carrying at least 12 semester hours.

Congratulation to Reagan Bradford who is on the Roswell High School’s Charlie’s Angels Dance Team. They won the national title in the Large Varsity Pom Division at the 2016 Alliance National Championships in Orlando on Saturday night. Regan is a 9th grade student here at Immanuel, through Wittenberg Academy.

Did you notice Deana Bozarth’s picture in the Roswell Daily Record?
She belongs to the Roswell Woman’s Club who gave scholarships to selected students attending Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. Each of the seven students received $500 to help with expenses. The Roswell Woman’s Club is one of the oldest clubs in town and is not only involved in education. For Valentine's day they took books to veterans in the nursing homes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARGARET JESSEN!. Margaret is a member here at Immanuel and an resident at Mission Arch Center. She celebrated her 103rd birthday on Feb 12 with friends and family at the center. She stated she owes her longevity to God and her family.