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Since we can’t gather for a special Good Friday service, we’ve put together this home guide to do with your family or roommates.


You can find the PDF here.

This Sunday, August 12, we will not be having our regular service at 1443 W. Roosevelt Road. Instead the whole church will be up in Wisconsin at our Annual Immanuel Summer Retreat!

Our Good Friday Service this year will be meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ interspersed with singing. Service starts at 6:45 PM at The Meeting Place.

PRELUDE – “Cuán Hermoso Tu Nombre Es” by Hillsong Worship


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.

Vengan, cantemos con gozo al Señor,

Aclamemos con júbilo a la roca de nuestra salvación.

Vengamos ante Su presencia con acción de gracias;

Aclamemos a El con salmos.

Porque Dios grande es el Señor,

Y Rey grande sobre todos los dioses,

En cuya mano están las profundidades de la tierra;

Suyas son también las cumbres de los montes.

Suyo es el mar, pues El lo hizo,

Y Sus manos formaron la tierra firme.

Vengan, adoremos y postrémonos;

Doblemos la rodilla ante el Señor nuestro Hacedor.

Porque El es nuestro Dios,

Y nosotros el pueblo de Su prado y las ovejas de Su mano.

Song –

Come Praise and Glorify” (“Venid Glorificad a Dios”) by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester

CONFESSION OF SIN – Isaiah 29:13

Este pueblo se acerca a Mí con sus palabras

Y Me honra con sus labios,

Pero aleja de Mí su corazón,

Y su veneración hacia Mí

es sólo una tradición aprendida de memoria.

This people draw near with their mouth

and honor me with their lips,

while their hearts are far from me,

and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.


La sangre de Jesús [??] Hijo nos limpia de todo pecado.

Si decimos que no tenemos pecado,

nos engañamos a nosotros mismos y la verdad no está en nosotros.

Si confesamos nuestros pecados,

El es fiel y justo para perdonarnos los pecados

y para limpiarnos de toda maldad.

The blood of Jesus [God’s] Son cleanses us from all sin.

If we say we have no sin,

we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Song –

Have Mercy on Me” (“Ten Piedad de Mi”) by Dale Bischof and Pat Sczebel



“El Amor de Cristo” by Mark Altrogge, Jordan Kauflin and Joel Sczebel


SERMON – “Why Did Jesus Come?” (Por Que Jesus Vino al Mundo?)


Songs –

“Agnus Dei” (in both Spanish and English) By Michael W. Smith

“Principe de Paz” (“Prince of Peace”) by Michael W. Smith


Song –

Jesus, Thank You” (“Gracias Cristo”) by Pat Sczebel


POSTLUDE – “Hosanna” by Hillsong Worship

Palm Sunday – Tomorrow marks the beginning of Holy Week as we remember the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem for the final week of his pre-resurrection life. Jonathan will be preaching to us from Psalm 27.

Liquid Lunches – Monday through Friday we are recommending that people fast from solid food and use the lunch time to pray. We will be sending out a prayer guide with Scriptures and topics to help you focus this time.

Good Friday – We will be having a service of singing and Scripture meditation with a short devotional from Theo as we reflect on the meaning of the death of Christ. 6:45 PM at The Meeting Place.

Outreach Saturday – We want EVERYONE to participate in some part of this day. It will begin with a brief prayer meeting at The Meeting Place at 10:30 AM. Then we will go out and do surveys at several foot-traffic hot spots throughout the UIC Area, asking questions about Easter that could lead to spiritual conversations. Then at 1:00 PM we will be having an Easter Egg Hunt Outreach at Arrigo Park. Please be inviting people to this! We emailed out a digital invitation this week and will have printed copies for you to take at the service tomorrow and share with friends and classmates.

Easter Sunday – In lieu of Table Talk there will be a brunch for everyone at 9:30 AM before the service.

The week leading up to Easter is always a big week in the life of Immanuel. Here’s what to expect this year:

4/9 – Palm Sunday (Jonathan will be preaching to kick off our week together)

4/10-15 – ‘Liquid Lunches’ (this year’s suggested fast is no solid food for lunches; we’ll be sending out prayer guides so you can use that time to focus spiritually)

4/14 – Good Friday Service (a contemplative service with songs, readings, and a brief message on the atonement from Theo)

4/15 – Prayer and Outreach (in the morning we’ll gather at The Meeting Place to pray together and then go out across the UIC Area to do surveys that will lead to spiritual conversations about Easter; then in the afternoon we’ll also be having an Easter Egg hunt for kids at Arrigo Park where the gospel will be presented; we’d like everyone to participate in at least one of these outreach events)

4/16 – Brunch and Celebration Service (before worship there will be a spread of breakfast food to eat together!)

This next Sunday (11/27) we will be having a Joint Service with our Spanish-speaking sister church – Cristo el Redentor.


Please note:


(1) The time is 10:00 AM.

(1) The address is 2005 S. Blue Island (Citlalin Gallery & Theater).  See the map below (the lines in black indicate areas where you will find good parking on SUNDAYs in the AM)…



Don’t forget that this Sunday we will be worshipping together with Greater Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church at their building (1421 W. Washburne; adjacent to our building to the southeast). The service starts at 11:00 AM. We will be staffing the childcare during the service. Sunday School will be happening normally at 10:00 AM at The Meeting Place.

Seven Last WordsThe Good Friday Service is at 6:45 PM tomorrow (3/25) at The Meeting Place. Let’s meditate on the crucifixion of Christ together!

There will be short devotionals on the seven last sayings of Christ from the cross with hymns in between. There will not be a staffed nursery provided, but kids are welcome. The Kids’ Corner will be open if you need to take your kids in there. There will be children’s bulletins. And the service will be done within an hour.



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