The Immanuel Messenger

For the Week of 31 October 2021

From the Pastor

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:31-36

You should not wonder: is this Gospel for me? Yes, it is for you! It is for every nation, tribe, language, and people. It is for all who are stuck in sin and death and cannot set themselves free. The Gospel is for sinners.

For the Son has come and set you free. And if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed - both now and forever. For though the day of judgment is coming, for you it has, in fact, already come. Your Savior has spoken His “not guilty” upon you here, for He has taken your condemnation to the cross.

What remains for you now is forgiveness and life. Life in Him - true life. The life of the Gospel. An eternal Gospel which gives eternal life.

Now, it may not always look like the Gospel is winning, or that it’s even working at all, and that’s okay. We do not know the plan of God, how He is building, and how He is pulling down so that He may build.

But that He is working and building, have no doubt! On this you have His Word, and the witness of generations past. And most of all, you have the witness of the cross - the place where, above all places, it looked like Satan had won; but which was, in fact, the place of his defeat. For there, death did not win - life won. 

So, come on Sunday and receive again that life. Receive Him who has done - and continues to do - such great things for you. Come and join the “angels and archangels and all the company of heaven” - all those who have gone before us - at the feast of our Lord. Come and feast on Him who loved you then, who loves you now, and who will love you forever. Come, He is here for you.

See you Sunday!

+Pastor Gaub

Quorum Needed!

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


This Week @ Immanuel

Sunday, 31 October

9:00am - Festival Divine Service

10:00am - Special Voter's Meeting

10:25am - Sunday School Opening

10:30am - Sunday School and Bible Class

11:30am - Reformation Luncheon

Monday, 1 November

7:00pm - Bible Study

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Monday Night Bible Study

The Monday Night Bible Study will meet on

1 November at 7PM in Miertschin Hall.

Pr. Gaub will continue teaching on the topic of Justification.

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Sunday's Propers


Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


(Click links to read.)

Revelation 14:6-7

Romans 3:19-28

John 8:31-36


(Click the hymns to listen to a recording.)

585 Lord Jesus Christ, With Us Abide

656 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

954 We All Believe in One True God

566 By Grace I'm Saved

655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your word

938 In Peace and Joy I Now Depart

617 O Lord, We Praise Thee

Weekly Memory Verse

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Acts 4:12

Let Us Pray

For those suffering from cancer:

Carla Faske

Jim Froehlich

Susan Hayden

For Evelyn Robinson who awaits a blessed death in Jesus.

For Erwin Zander, that Christ the Good Shepherd would continue to watch over him, and grant him strength of body and soul.

For the calling of a faithful pastor.

For the teachers and staff of Immanuel ECE, that the Lord Jesus would grant them the wisdom and patience needed to lead their students to the foot of the cross.

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ECE Happenings

Our ECE students have resumed their extra curricular activities; students have the opportunity to participate in gymnastics and soccer. The ECE also recently observed Fire Safety Week.

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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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1440 Cortlandt Street,

Houston, Texas 77008