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PRELUDE – “Oh! Great Is Our God” from The Sing Team



Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.


Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,

as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

when your fathers put me to the test

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

For forty years I loathed that generation

and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,

and they have not known my ways.”

Therefore I swore in my wrath,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

Song –

Come Praise and Glorify” by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester



Merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name.

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity

and passing over transgression

for the remnant of his inheritance?

He does not retain his anger forever,

because he delights in steadfast love.

He will again have compassion on us;

he will tread our iniquities underfoot.

You will cast all our sins

into the depths of the sea.

Song –

You Alone Can Rescue” by Matt Redman



Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Corinthians 12:31b – 13:13

SERMON – “A Mature Church”


Songs –

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” by John Newton and Laura Taylor

O Church Arise” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend


Make Us One” by Twila Paris

BENEDICTION – 1 Corinthians 16:23

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.


POSTLUDE – “Membership” by Stephen the Levite


There are a couple events coming up that IBCers will be attending and wanted to invite the whole church along. These would be good ways to continue the conversation about race that we started at the Retreat and the last Table Talk.

THIS Thursday (10/27) some people from the West Pilsen Small Group are going to a conversation hosted by two hip hop artists – Propaganda and Sho Baraka – on compassion, unity, race, faith, and the church. Check it out here and let Jonathan know ASAP if you’re interested in going with.

Next March 16-18 there is a conference in Atlanta called Just Gospel that will explore whether the biblical gospel has anything to say about biblical justice in the face of continuing social problems. Let Randle know if you’re interested. His family is going down and would love others to join.

PRELUDE – “The Deep” by Daelsson

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:1-9, 20-22

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!

Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;

play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

and all his work is done in faithfulness.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.


Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

Song –

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” by Edward Hodges, Henry Van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven


Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against You

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in Your will,

and walk in Your ways,

to the glory of Your Name.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Romans 8:32-39

He who did not spare his own Son

but gave him up for us all,

how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?

It is God who justifies.

Who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is the one who died –

more than that, who was raised –

who is at the right hand of God,

who indeed is interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,

or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors

through him who loved us.

For I am sure that neither death nor life,

nor angels nor rulers,

nor things present nor things to come,

nor powers,

nor height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Songs –

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” by John Newton

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle



Song –

Make Us One” by Twila Paris


SERMON – “John, the Apostle of Love”


Songs –

How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

O the Love of My Redeemer” by Josh Caterer


Song –

O Church Arise” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend



POSTLUDE – “Oh How We Love You” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

This upcoming weekend is the annual Immanuel Summer Retreat! The goal is to talk really practically about what it looks like to love God and love people – the summary of the Law we’ve been looking at in Deuteronomy. #LGLP2016

Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:

Saturday Morning:

“Loving God” – Hour long talk from Hobin to follow up from last year’s retreat. Practical help on how to actually find superior pleasure in God so we don’t give in to anger, greed, sloth, pride, envy, lust, or gluttony. Answering the question, “What does it really look like to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?”

Saturday Afternoon:

“Loving People Who Are Down” – We’ll introduce a jar with cards next to it that people can write on throughout the weekend with ways that they have felt loved (or not) during a time when they were doubting, discouraged, or grieving. They can put their name there or be anonymous. We will pull some out at different times in between topics to read aloud.

“Loving People through Prayer” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Abby on others-centered prayer practices.

“Loving People through Discipleship” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Sarah F. on how someone poured in to her through discipleship.

“Loving People Online” – 15-minute ‘TED Talk’ from Brannen laying out principles for how we can think of others first with our online presence with 5 minutes of Q&A afterwards.

“Loving People in Poverty” – Large Group 30-minute discussion guided by Christian on ways we can be part of truly helping those stuck in poverty in our neighborhood.

Saturday Evening:

“Loving People Who Didn’t Grow Up in a Christian Home or Go to a Christian College” – 15-minute interview with the Sapthavees moderated by Ryan on what it’s like to be an outsider to Christian culture and how those on the inside can be mindful of “normal people.”

“Loving People Who Are New” – 5 minutes with some quick Dos and Don’ts from Lydia of stepping out of your comfort zone and welcoming newcomers to the church.

“Love and Your Station in Life” – 25-minute Small Group breakout sessions for singles (led by Theo), husbands (led by Peter F.), wives (led by Andrea), and parents (led by Nathan) to talk together about unique ways they can use their life station to serve others… and particular ways they need to be served.

“Loving People from a Different Culture” – 20-minute panel discussion with the Bishops, Engs, and Christian & Rosario moderated by Nathan surrounding what it’s like to be an ethnic minority at Immanuel and ways that those in majority culture could be more aware and love those of a different culture.

“Loving People Who Are Lost” – 10-minute brainstorming session of ways that we could individually and corporately better love people through evangelism.

“Q&A with the Elders” – Informal open mic to ask any questions of the pastors about theology or the state and vision of the church, etc…

Sunday Morning:

Our regular Sunday worship service with a sermon on the Apostle John’s teaching about love.

Mixed in and around these sessions there will be campfires, games, free time, swimming, eating, singing, hanging out, and all kinds of chances to grow in loving each other!

It’s not too late to register! Contact retreat at immanuel dash baptist dot net for more info.

Registration will open at 5:00 PM on Friday in the Cedar Room and the Saturday morning session will begin at 9:00 AM. 

Hey Everyone!

In just a little over a week we’ll be making our way to Lake Geneva for our church retreat! This is so exciting and we’re expectantly praying about what the Lord will do. Below are a few things that I mentioned before, but wanted to remind you.

1. The retreat center will no longer be providing linens! That means that you have to bring your own sheets, pillows, sleeping bags or whatever you think you might need for you and your family. Please do not forget otherwise you’re in for some cold nights.

2. We still need childcare volunteers! These aren’t folks who need to plan anything ahead of time, all that is already prepared. Let us know if you’re available!

3. Please do not bring cash or checks for the retreat to the retreat! It becomes confusing on what belongs to who, and in figuring out where to keep it. Therefore, either pay before or after. If writing a check, put “Church Retreat” in the memo line. As said before, do not let the cost keep you from coming!

Email retreat with any questions you have!


It’s a white, cold, January day now, but imagine a warm summer evening with golden beams floating through branches of a Wisconsin forest… bunk beds, campfires, deep blue with white crested waves lapping lazily against a beach, hanging with fellow believers in your church, being encouraged and challenged spiritually…

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Summer Retreat at Lake Geneva Conference Center on August 19-21!

That was a great weekend! Thanks again to all who came out to the Summer Retreat (over 90 people!) and all who helped make it happen.

Share your photos from the weekend on Facebook and be sure to tag Immanuel Baptist Church and/or use the hashtag #ibcsr2015.

Resources from the Retreat including recordings of sessions should be available soon.

And while it’s all still fresh on your mind could you email info at immanuel dash baptist dot net with answers to this short survey?

(1) What are your top two highlights of the weekend?

(2) Were there any aspects of the retreat that were negative for you? Do you have any suggestions for improvement?

(3) Was the theme – the 7 Deadly Sins – helpful for you? Any particular encouragement that can be passed on to one of the speakers?

(4) What did you think of the Lake Geneva Conference Center facilities, food, and environment? Would you like to go back there again next year?

(5) Anything else that would be helpful to share?



The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble;

he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.

Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.

Let them praise your great and awesome name – he is holy.

The King is mighty, he loves justice – you have established equity

in Jacob you have done what is just and right.

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,

Samuel was among those who called on his name;

they called on the LORD and he answered them.

He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;

they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

O LORD our God, you answered them;

you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.

Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain,

for the LORD our God is holy.

Songs –

Holy, Holy, Holy” by John Bacchus Dykes and Reginald Heber

CONFESSION OF SIN – Psalm 32:3-5

When I kept silent,

my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD” – and you forgave the guilt of my sin.


Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him

and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Songs –

Not in Me” by David L. Ward and Eric Shumacher

In Christ Alone” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend



What is the church?

A community elected for eternal life

and united by faith,

who love, follow, learn from, and worship God together.

Song –

O Great God” by Bob Kauflin

SCRIPTURE READING – Acts 4:36 – 5:11

SERMON – “Coming Out As A Sinner”

Song –

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy” by Fernando Ortega, John Andrew Schreiner, and Joseph Hart


Song –

The Power of Cross” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend


Song –

All I Have is Christ” by Jordan Kauflin






As we look forward to our time together let us be praying that the Lord would guide us through the weekend and soften our hearts to make His love known more.

Below are some details for the weekend:

Registration starts at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 31st. Dinner is not provided so please plan your own. At dusk there will be a campfire with snacks. On Saturday breakfast is at 8:30 AM with the first sessions starting in the Cedar Room at 9:15 AM.


We will be staying in rooms with bunks. Families will have their own room and then couples and singles will be divided into rooms of men and women. The linens provided are pillows, blankets, pillowcase, sheets, washcloth, and bath towel.

What to Pack


Toiletries – soap/shampoo/toothpaste/etc.


Beach Towel


Bug Spray-Bug Spray-Bug Spray!


W South St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147

This address will get you to the correct location via Google Maps. When it says you have arrived at your destination continue straight to Gate 3, then turn left and park at the gym.

For a more conventional approach:

Take I-94 West toward Milwaukee and exit at Hwy 50 (just past the IL/WI border). Go West on Hwy 50 to Lake Geneva (26 miles). Turn left onto Hwy 120 (Edwards Blvd.) at the Wal-Mart. Proceed on 120 for about a mile then turn right onto Bloomfield Rd. Continue straight ahead through the 4 way stop, Bloomfield Rd. becomes South Street.

Turn left at Gate 3 and proceed to the gym parking lot.


Once you have parked in the Gym parking lot, which is accessible from Gate 3, follow the signs back up the way you drove in to the Bayview Center / Cedar Room where you will find all the registration information and room assignments. Please make sure to sign in so we know the correct amount of people spending the night and eating meals for the Conference Center.

A map of the Conference Center is attached for your reference.

Please contact me with any questions or comments.

Many Blessings,


As we look forward to our time together at Lake Geneva Conference Center here are a few details of what will be taking place. Arrival – Anytime after 4:00 PM on Friday, July 31st. Dinner is not provided; however, there will be a campfire with snacks that evening. On Saturday there will be 3 sessions spaced throughout the day. The speakers for these are as follows: Saturday Morning:

  • Anger – Daniel Deurbrouck
  • Greed – Mike Avink

Saturday Afternoon:

  • Sloth – Peter Ferris
  • Pride – Dave (International Missionary that we support)

Saturday Evening (Men and Women will be separate):

  • Envy – Mike Erington/Sarah Ferris
  • Lust – Jonathan Morgan/Vivian Sapthavee
  • Gluttony – Ryan Christie/Lindsey Avink

After worship on Sunday there will be a small event that will end around 2:30 PM. Odds and ends: -The preferred payment methods for the Retreat are checks (made out to Immanuel Baptist Church w/ Retreat in the Tag/Memo line) and cash. -There are multiple people needing a ride to the Retreat, if you are one of those people ask around and try to find a ride. As well if anyone has extra space in their vehicle please drop an email to me and I will help coordinate with anyone who may need a ride. Many Blessings, Matt

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