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Mother’s Day Prayers

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Mother’s day is blessing for many, but for some it’s a reminder of hurt, sin and brokenness. Here are prayers that seek to embrace all of our experiences. Let us pray for the church, the world, and all of creation. Life-giving God, we give you thanks for our home in your eternal vision through Jesus […]

Re-Opening Worship Update

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Immanuel will continue our partnership with the other Missoula congregation and host ONLY virtual on-line, worship services through May 31, 2020. We will NOT gather for public worship at Immanuel in May. Pastor Molly and the other Lutheran pastors are considering a “soft” opening of worship, perhaps starting June 7. This might include congregations meeting […]

Shepherd Us, O God

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

This upcoming Sunday is often referred to as “Good Shepherd” Sunday. We read Psalm 23 and hear from John’s Gospel Jesus’ promise that “I am the Good Shepherd” who came to give “abundant life.” (John 10:10-11). While few of us these days have any experience with sheep or ranching, most of us are familiar with […]

Advent Devotions

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Go Deeper this Advent/Christmas Season Receive FREE Daily Devotions for Advent via Email or download a hard copy. Joy to the World Advent Devotions from Luther Seminary: https://www.luthersem.edu/advent/default.aspx?m=6352 Copies of Devotions also will be available at church along with FREE Advent Calendars.

July 4 Prayers

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Almighty God, we give thanks for the land and government that is our heritage. We give thanks, for the freedom to gather and worship you without fear. Bless our United States, and make us who came from many nations, with many languages, a united people that delights in our many gifts. Send us your Guiding […]

Free Speech & Religious Liberty

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

May 5, 2017 On May 4, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” The measure addresses the IRS ban on political campaigning by tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, an important protection for houses of worship. That regulation is codified into law, so it would take an act of Congress to reverse, […]

A Sparrow’s Worth

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your […]

10th Commandment: Coveting & the Earth

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

The 10th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Luther’s Small Catechism What does this mean? We are to fear and love God, so that we do not entice, force, or steal away from our neighbors their spouse […]

9th Commandment: Coveting & the Earth

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

The 9th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. Luther’s Small Catechism What does this mean? We are to fear and love God, so that we do not try to trick our neighbors out of their inheritance, or property or try to get it for ourselves by claiming to have a legal right to […]

8th Commandment: False Witness & Earth Keeping

by Molly Sasser-Goehner

The 8th Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Luther’s Small Catechism What does this mean? We are to fear and love God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to defend them, speak well of them, and […]