Immanuel United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 26, 2019

Pastor's Page by Pastor Albert Rush


Instruments of God’s Unconditional Love

Immanuel, the Resurrection has come and Jesus has commissioned his follower to go and teach, preach, heal and love in his name. We are the commissioned instruments of God’s unconditional love that Jesus will use to play in sweet symphony of healing, forgiveness, sacrifice and joy. In the next few months, we need our faith and commitment to God as we are utilized as instruments for bringing people to Jesus Christ.
 
We are approaching our “Summer of Love” and are in the midst of the final stages of planning for the Memorial Day Parade, Blessing of the Animals Service, Summer Jams Concerts, Gratiot Cruise, Vacation Bible School, MCREST and an Outdoor service. Your help needed in so many ways; first, we need you to think about being a part of one of the root committees of the church Trustees, Finance, Staff Parish and Administrative Council. The root committees do the work of discussing, caring for, and growing Immanuel’s infrastructure of finances, staffing, programming, worship and facilities. New voices and ideas are necessary in those areas to insure that we are able to support the growing ministry needs of our Immanuel family and the Eastpointe community.
 
In addition, your presence, prayers, witness and gifts at our events, ministry programs and services are greatly appreciated and hopefully are blessing to you and our church family as we grow together as the body of Christ. However, sometimes life happens, and we are extremely busy and one more thing to do, can be one more too many. Yet, I ask you to think about all the wonderful ways God’s ministry here blesses us at our church and what can you do help insure that your one of the instruments in God’s Symphony. 
 
I will leave you with this scripture 1 John 4:16-21:
 

16 We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them. 17 This is how love has been perfected in us, so that we can have confidence on the Judgment Day, because we are the same as God is in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love because God first loved us. 20 Those who say, “I love God” and hate their brothers or sisters are liars. After all, those who don’t love their brothers or sisters whom they have seen can hardly love God whom they have not seen! 21 This commandment we have from him: Those who claim to love God ought to love their brother and sister also.

 
Amen!

For I can do everything through Christ,
who gives me strength.

 

Pastor Albert L. Rush

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