Worship is at the heart of our life together as a faith community. In worship we are encountered by the living God who meets us in Word and Sacrament. We are transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ, whose life, death and resurrection strengthen us in faith and hope. From worship we are sent out into our daily lives, empowered by the Holy Spirit to share God's gift of love with all.
During the summer months, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we offer one worship service. It includes Holy Communion and children’s time. Worship is followed by coffee and conversation in the hospitality room located in the administration building.
9:30am service in the Immanuel Sanctuary is a 60-minute full liturgy accompanied by organ and piano with special musical selections by congregation members.
Note for families: There are activity bags and children’s bulletins available during worship. Children are also invited to partake in Holy Communion as a sign of God’s grace. As they grow older, they will be taught about the meaning and significance of this Sacrament in age-appropriate classes.
To listen to video recordings of recent sermons, visit the video section of our Facebook page.
During the season of Lent (March 6 - April 10, 2019), we begin with an Ash Wednesday worship service. We then gather each Wednesday starting March 13th through April 10th for worship after a community soup supper.
Because our church is located downtown in the historic district, parking is limited. We have several spaces, including handicapped spots, behind the administration building, on-street parking, and in the St. Luke’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine lot at 608 and 610 Hays Street (Sundays only).
Music is an integral part of our Lutheran liturgical services and we draw on a rich history of hymns and choral pieces to enhance worship. We incorporate newer and global music at our 10:45 blended worship service, utilizing other instruments such as piano, flute and guitar.
The Immanuel choir sings regularly during the academic year at the late service directed by Sara Stejskal. Typically the choir rehearses at 9:00am Sunday morning in preparation to sing an anthem as well as help lead congregational singing. For more information about the choir please contact Sara at .
During the summer months members offer their gift of music singing solos, duets or with an ensemble. We also welcome those who play an instrument.
Join us as we make a joyful noise unto the Lord! (Psalm 98:4)
Eucharistic Ministers are those who bring Holy Communion to homebound members, those residing in care facilities, and/or the hospitalized. Before they begin this ministry they are trained by the pastor and given a portable communion kit which is replenished with the consecrated elements of wafers and wine from the Sunday worship service. Typically each minister has a relationship with one member whom they visit every 4-6 weeks at a mutually agreed date and time. Please contact Pastor Gretchen at or 208-344-3011 for more information or if you'd like to be trained as a Eucharist Minister.
Several years ago, Immanuel started a prayer ministry. We pray for individuals who are ill, on hospice, who had an accident, a death, a wedding, or a birth. We have adopted a confidentiality statement for our prayer chain members and their family.
If you would like to get involved with this ministry or have a prayer need, please contact Pastor Gretchen at or Holly Reynolds at . There are also prayer request cards available in the pews, which can to placed in the offering plate.
The Lord is near; have no anxiety, but in everything made your requests known to God in prayer and petition with thanksgiving.—Philippians 4:6
First Time Visitor / General Information
Thinking of attending a worship service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, but not sure what to expect? We realize that visiting a new church can be a little intimidating, so we'd like to answer some common questions.
What kind of a church is Immanuel Lutheran?
The kind of church that loves all people with God's sacrificial, Christ-centered, other-centered love.
What should I wear?
Join us in whatever makes you feel comfortable. What matters is that you are here!
What denomination is Immanuel Lutheran Church affiliated with?
We are affiliated with the ELCA.
How do I get to Immanuel Lutheran Church?
Immanuel Lutheran is located at 707 W Fort, Boise, Idaho 83702 [map/directions]
What time should I arrive?
There are two worship times noted at the bottom of the page. Please come early and join in the many conversations taking place!
Additional notes for visiting Immanuel Lutheran Church
Because our church is located downtown in the historic district, parking is limited. We have several spaces, including handicapped spots, behind the administration building. In addition to on-street parking, there are spots in the St. Luke’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine lot at 608 and 610 Hays Street (Sundays only).
Our 9:30am service is held in the Immanuel Sanctuary which is on the ground level.
Children and their families are vital to our life and ministry at Immanuel Lutheran. Children are always welcome in worship. In the cry of a baby, or the fussiness of a toddler, we hear a new voice that speaks to God, reminding us that children are a blessing and a joy. Activity bags and children’s bulletins are available -- ask an usher.
As you walk through the gathering space and toward the sanctuary, ushers will greet you and offer you a copy of the day's bulletin. The bulletin contains the order of the service, which includes the parts of the service, hymn numbers, and parts spoken by the congregation as part of worship.
Restrooms are located near the Thomas Chapel by the nursery.
Members and visitors may sit anywhere they prefer. Worship is conducted similar to most mainline Christian churches. There will be some music, some singing, some readings, and a sermon/message. At times the congregation is asked to stand, but individuals may continue sitting if they prefer. Hymns are listed in the bulletin .
components of a typical worship service:
- Prelude: During this time music is played, which allows individuals to prepare themselves mentally and spiritually for worship.
- Singing: We have both the congregation and the choir sing at different points in our service. Enjoy the many instruments and the variety of old and new songs during worship. We pride ourselves in the talents of our organist and pianist who help to reinforce God’s message.
- Readings: Readings from scripture are read by a member. Sometimes "call and response" readings are used (a reader and the congregation take turns reading or singing scripture) during this time. One passage is always from the Gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John). The passages are selected from the church year calendar.
- Children's Message: In our service, children are called to come to the front, where out pastor provides a short message about the day's topic, geared to children. Your children are welcome to come or may stay with you if that makes them more comfortable.
- Sermon: The pastor, or sometimes a designated person, reflects on the scripture readings to help us understand and relate the messages to our daily lives.
- Offering: We glorify God in our giving. Our offering is an act of worship that makes ministry possible. This offering at the service will help support Immanuel Lutheran Church and its outreach ministries. A portion also goes to our national church body for mission and ministry around the world. Offering plates are passed among the congregation to receive freewill offerings.
- Communion: Immanuel Lutheran has an open table. This means that we do not distinguish between members and visitors. All, including visitors, are welcome to participate in our communion. You may either dip the gluten-free bread in the wine before eating, or eat the bread and drink from the cup. For those who wish not to partake of the wine, be assured that the crucified and risen Christ is fully present in, with, and under the one element of bread. Cross your arms over your chest if you wish a blessing instead. Anyone may choose not to participate in communion for any reason.
- Closing Hymn and Benediction: A hymn is chosen to uplift people and prepare them to reenter the world. The benediction marks the end of worship with words that remind us of the day's scriptures and links them to what we can do as we go out.
- Fellowship: Once worship is over, individuals may leave if they want, but many choose to stay in the gathering space where refreshments are served and people can get to know each other. Visitors are especially encouraged to join us to talk and ask questions.
Should you ever need Pastor Gretchen Bingea, please feel free to call her directly (818) 859-3755. If you know of someone who is scheduled for surgery or is in the hospital, please let us know. If there is an emergency, if you would like a pastoral visit at home, or if you simply have questions about life, faith or getting more involved, calling her directly is always the best way to connect.
Considering arranging a Baptism, wedding or funeral at Immanuel? Please contact Pastor Gretchen to discuss further.