Immanuel United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pastor's Page by Pastor Albert Rush

Everything is Happening So Fast!

Immanuel, I cannot believe that we are heading into the last week of Lent or Holy Week. If your life has been anything like mine, New Year’s was yesterday and Ash Wednesday was just minute ago.
Since the beginning of the year, God’s Ministry at Immanuel has had so much activity with Bible Studies, Lenten Programs, an Opioid Community forum, hosting Northwestern students, new membership classes, baptisms and Super Bowl Sub sale by our youth.
In addition, we have supported many of Immanuel family members with cards and prayer quilts. It feels that all this praise, worship, love and support for our Lord and each other is happening at a blink of eye.
Yet, I hear the conversations of our family members and the community; they feel so connected to Love of God, when in the midst of Immanuel’s family.
Therefore, I understand that the human side of us feels that we are moving way to fast, but the God in us, is moving at the pace needed to touch as many lives a possible with God’s love and care.
I would like to thank all of you for your continued commitment and support to the various activities and ministries of Immanuel. It is my prayer that each us will take a few moments to reflect on the greatness of our God even in the midst of this fast and furious pace that he has on in 2018.
I will leave you with this scripture Philippians 3:9-16

9 In Christ I have a righteousness that is not my own and that does not come from the Law but rather from the faithfulness of Christ. It is the righteousness of God that is based on faith.
10 The righteousness that I have comes from knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the participation in his sufferings. It includes being conformed to his death 11so that I may perhaps reach the goal of the resurrection of the dead.
12 t’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already been perfected, but I pursue it, so that I may grab hold of it because Christ grabbed hold of me for just this purpose.
13Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me.
14The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.
15So all of us who are spiritually mature should think this way, and if anyone thinks differently, God will reveal it to him or her.
16Only let’s live in a way that is consistent with whatever level we have reached.


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


Pastor Albert L. Rush

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