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This Week at Emmanuel

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Sunday Worship

"Living in Community", Col. 4:7-18
August 31st at 10:00 a.m., Dave Rohrer, Pastor
This Week's Order of Worship

Sunday Morning Book Discussion

Coming this fall we'll be having a Sunday Morning Book Discussion of  the book, "Life of the Beloved" by Henri Nouwen.  This great spiritual writer wonderfully articulates and affirms to us that Christ calls us His own.  It is an encouraging and uplifting book.  The group will meet at 8:30 on Sunday mornings beginning September 14th.  If you are interested in this class, contact the church office for further information.

Upcoming Events

Emmanuel Drop In Center

On Saturday October 4th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM we will initiate a new monthly ministry to the homeless and underserved of our community.  On the first Saturday of each month the church will be open for folks who need to use laundry and shower facilities.  We will also be offering a snack bag consisting of such items as juice, fruit, and granola bars.  We need your help.  You can contribute such things as individual/travel sized toiletries, detergent for a front loading washing machine, brown paper bags, juice packs and granola bars.  Look for a donation box in the narthex.  We also need folks who want to be present on Saturdays or are willing to be involved in preparation and clean up.
For further information please contact the church office.  


Monthly Message from Pastor Dave

This summer I read Daniel James Brown’s book The Boys in the Boat. It tells the story of the 9-person crew squad from the University of Washington that represented the USA in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. If you haven’t read the book already I would strongly recommend it. If you are like me you will get to the end and feel both incredibly encouraged by its hopeful message, and a bit sorry that you can’t spend more time with this good friend.

Reading the book was a spiritual experience for me. It encouraged me in my faith. Over and over in that metaphor of rowing I was reminded of one of the essential truths about the journey of discipleship. To be a disciple of Jesus is to know that you belong to something bigger than yourself and that by yourself you could never acquire the benefits or achieve the goals that are available to you because you belong to him.

There is a passage early in the book where Joe Rantz, the main character, begins to experience belonging to something bigger than himself. This 18 year old from Sequim who had been abandoned by his family comes to UW, tries out for and is granted a seat in the freshman crew boat. After the names of those who are to be a part of this boat are announced, these nine boys take their shell out for an inaugural run in Lake Union. Brown describes the scene this way:

At the north end of the lake, the coxswain called out, “Way. . . ‘nuff!” The boys stopped rowing and the shell glided to a stop, the long oars trailing in the water alongside them. Dark clouds fringed with silver moonlight scudded by overhead, carried briskly along by the winds aloft. The boys sat without talking breathing heavily, exhaling plumes of white breath. Even now that they had stopped rowing, their breathing was synchronized, and for a brief, fragile moment it seemed to Joe as if all of them were a part of a single thing, something alive with breath and spirit of its own. To the west, silver headlights crawled slowly across the spidery arch of the new Aurora Bridge. To the south, the amber lights of downtown Seattle danced on the waves. Atop Queen Anne Hill, ruby-red lights on radio towers winked on and off. Joe gulped huge drafts of frigid air and sat staring at the scene, watching it turn into a soft blur of colors as, for the first time since his family had left him, tears filled his eyes.

He turned his face to the water, fiddling with his oarlock so the others would not see. He didn’t know where the tears had come from, what they were about. But something inside him had shifted, if only for a few moments.

The boys had caught their breaths, and were talking softly, not joking for a change, not horsing around, just talking quietly about the lights and what lay before them. The coxswain called out, “Ready all!” Joe turned and faced the rear of the boat, slid his seat forward, sank the white blade of his oar into the oil-black water, tensed his muscles, and waited for the command that would propel him forward into the glimmering darkness. (pg. 78-79)

Reading Brown’s book made me want a seat in that nine-person crew boat. But more than that, it tapped into the desire God created in all of us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. To have a place in, to belong to, that “single thing, something alive and with a breath of its own,” is to have a source of encouragement and hope that propels all of life. It sets things in context and assures us that we always have more than our own meager resources because we belong to something greater than ourselves that actually makes each of us more of who we were created to be. When Jesus says, “Follow me,” I think he is issuing an invitation to this kind of experience. For this kind of life is truly abundant and taps into source of living water that will never run dry.

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Rev. David Rohrer, Pastor


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