The Immanuel Messenger

For the Week of 17 October 2021

From the Pastor

Begging the Beggars to Come - Matthew 22:1-14

The king sent His servants again, and again, and again to beg the beggars to come to the wedding feast. 

But those whom the king begged to come did not know they themselves were beggars, and they would not come. But that is not all; they also seized the servants and treated them spitefully and killed them. 

"Please come," was heard as, "you must come." They would not be told what to do by Him. They would not celebrate with Him and eat His food. They did not like being made to feel like they were lacking, needing a savior, needing food.

And yet, He begged them. They thought they were the real kings, and He was the beggar. So, they thought they could do what they wanted.

We ourselves aren't into weddings like the Lord is into weddings. We are into living together and divorce; we are into drunkenness and drinking to forget what we have done with our lives. We are into ourselves. We want to be God, and not His subjects.

But God is into justice; He is not Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. He is the God who destroys. He is like a king who reigns! And so, He brings forth vengeance upon those who kill His servants.

The Lord will always have His way. He calls and ordains more and more men to be sent out to the sinners. They call out and invite, "All is ready! The feast is free!" 

Some came - we came - we came and were covered with the Lord's own garments and righteousness. We were guilty - and now we rejoice in the grace and freedom of Christ.

Keep the garment on! Do not take it off as the beggar in the parable. He took off his garment, thinking God would accept him as he was. He got tired of the garment, but God accepts on His terms, not man's.

We do not remind Him of who we are, but He reminds us of who He is! He is the Lord! 

He is into wedding feasts, and grace, and forgiveness; and He wants you there! Come! Receive the Gifts of Heaven, forgiveness, life, and eternal salvation! For free!

See you Sunday!

+Pastor Gaub


This Week @ Immanuel

Sunday, 17 October

9:00am - Divine Service

10:25am - Sunday School Opening

10:30am - Sunday School and Bible Class

11:30am- Adult Instruction

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Sunday's Propers


O Lord, grant to Your faithful people pardon and peace that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve You with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Isaiah 55:1-9

Ephesians 5:15-21

Matthew 22:1-14


648 Glorious Things of You are Spoken

828 We Are Called to Stand Together

633 At the Lamb's High Feast

822 Alleluia! Let Praises Ring

Adult Instruction

Beginning Sunday, 10 October, Pastor Gaub will hold Adult Instruction classes at 11:30AM.

The class is open to anyone seeking communicant membership at Immanuel.

Contact Pastor Gaub for more information.

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Monday Night Bible Study

1 November at 7pm

Quorum Needed!

There will be a special Voter's Meeting held Sunday, 31 October, immediately following Divine Service.

Let Us Pray

For those suffering from cancer:

Cathleen Chevallier

Carla Faske

Jim Froehlich

Susan Hayden

For the homebound, they would be granted the desire and will to spend their days trusting in their heavenly Father's goodness, and remember with thankfulness His mercies, which are new every morning.

For Evelyn Robinson who awaits a blessed death in Jesus.

For Erwin Zander, that God would grant him strength in body and soul.

For the poor and the hungry, the lonely and the unloved; that Jesus would send His holy angels to watch over His little lambs, and that all needs of body and soul would be granted to them.

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Reformation Luncheon


Miertschin Hall


10/31/21 11:30am - 10/31/21 1:00pm America/Chicago
Join us for a Reformation Luncheon following Bible Class. Festival Divine Service at 9AM | Menu: Bratwurst, Cheesy Potatoes, and Cabbage.
I'll Be There!
I Can't Make It

Weekly Memory Verse

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Join the Team

You can join the team or donate online by clicking the button above. You may also donate by check, checks should be made out to Head For The Cure, and be sure to note Run for Rod in the memo line. Checks may be sent to Jackie Anderson, or left in the Church Office.

Run for Rod

Our team races in honor of Rodney Anderson, sainted Immanuel member. Rod was treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center and funds raised go back to MD Anderson through the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative. Every Head for the Cure event marks a day of celebration where those diagnosed with brain cancer are honored and celebrated by their friends and families, those who have lost their battles are remembered, and we are all inspired to carry on the fight. Please consider joining our team and walking or running virtually with us or consider donating today to help Head for the Cure defeat brain cancer, step by step!

On behalf of Carrie, Jackie, Chris, and Claire Anderson, thank you for your support. 

If you have suggestions about things that you'd like to see in the Immanuel Messenger, please let the church office know. We would love to hear from you.


Rev. Richard Gaub

Vacancy Pastor

Immanuel Lutheran Church and ECE

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