Reflection 7.22.14


Jesus pointed to something he called God’s domain, something he did not create, something he did not control. I want to discover what Jesus saw, or heard, or sensed that was so enchanting, so mesmerizing, so challenging that it held Jesus in its spell. And I do not want to be misled by what his followers did: instead of looking to see what he saw, his devoted disciples tended to stare at the pointing finger.

Robert W. Funk, Honest to Jesus: Jesus for a New Millennium

Nicaragua Partnership Blog


Three Immanuelites, Debbie Breeding, Susan Lawrence, and Brian Gaeta Symonds, were part of the Presbytery of the Pacific’s Nicaragua Partnership mission trip this month.  An excerpt from the team’s blog:

Through these relationships, I have been blessed but also challenged. Challenged to look at life in ways that would be difficult if not experiencing Nicaragua, or being in relationship with the amazing people we have met there. Challenged to look at poverty, wealth, dignity, intelligence, governments, cultures, individual dynamics, group dynamics, and a myriad of other things through a lens of God’s grace and justice. This is transforming indeed. I pray that we are, and continue to be, agents of transformation for our partners as well. And, I pray that we together, with God’s help, help to transform the world.

I would like to leave you with a quote from an Australian Aboriginal Elder, Lilla Watson: “If you’ve come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Debbie Breeding, Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Read more here.


Reflection 7.20.14


Dear sisters and brothers, I am so moved by this hymn we sang today, 7/20, in the English service, Heidi Blythe’s words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, that I hope you will read them again. Thank you.  Carol Schmitt

My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
You will find her sowing seeds of love where grapes of wrath once poured.
May we, two or three together, raise God’s justice high once more:
God’s truth still marches on.

Glory, glory Hallelujah,
Glory, glory, Hallelujah,
Glory, glory, Hallelujah!
God’s truth still marches on.

I have read a fiery gospel of unmitigated love,
Of a Christ who is within, without, below, around, above.
Let me be the one who turns my cheek when push has come to shove:
God’s truth still marches on.


Christ has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
Bidding each of us to sit and serve at one another’s feet.
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer, see the Christ in all I meet:
God’s truth still marches on.


God is coming to the people on a tidal wave of peace,
Bringing wisdom to the mighty, that all needless strife may cease.
May we listen to each other, and by hearing find release:
God’s truth still marches on.


Words: Heidi Blythe, Director of Music at University UCC, Seattle

Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe

Reflection 7.18.14


Parish Nurse + Enfermera parroquial


Be good to yourself and visit the Parish Nurse on Tuesday.  You’ll be glad you did.  I went and learned a number of useful things which I’m happily putting into practice.  Even if there’s a medical professional you see regularly, he/she may not be able to spend unhurried time with you.  I found Nurse Brenda Cox to be eminently skilled, wise, and caring, and am grateful to QueensCare and Immanuel Presbyterian Church for providing this valuable bilingual service.

~Carol Schmitt

Parish Nurse Brenda Cox is on duty at the church every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Se bueno con ti mismo y visita a la enfermera parroquial los martes. Serás alegre de que lo hiciste. Yo fui y aprendí varias pistas útiles que estoy poniendo en práctica en mi vida. Aun si tienes un doctor que vez regularmente, el o ella quizás no puede pasar mucho tiempo contigo platicando de manera despacio. Yo encontré a la enfermera Brenda Cox como muy hábil, sabia, y cariñosa, y soy agradecida al Queen’s Care y a Immanuel por ofrecer este servicio bilingüe tan valioso.

~Carol Schmitt

This Sunday + Este domingo: 7.20.14


This Sunday + Este domingo
July 20, 2014 + 20 de julio de 2014
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time + 13º domingo en tiempo ordinario

10:30 am:  Servicio en español (Santuario)
Mensaje:  Rev. Michael Mata

10:30 am:  English service (Chichester Chapel)
Sermon:  Rev. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

11:30 am:  Todos/as Juntos/as + All Together
Communion  + Comunión

12:00 pm:  Convivio


Reflection 7.15.14


It is so much easier sometimes to sit down and be resigned than to rise up and be indignant.

~Nellie McClung, In Times Like These


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 227 other followers