Monday, May 11, 2009

50th Anniversary of Emmanuel’s Church Building

Angels worshipping at Emmanuel’s altar & pulpit

On Sunday May 3, 2009 Emmanual Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Michigan celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of our current church building.

On a beautiful Spring day we celebrated with a service of worship of Christ, as we have done as a congregation for the past 114 years. Several choirs added their voices in praise of our Lord, Jesus Christ, as people from the Sunday School, Emmanuel Lutheran Day School, and the Adult Choir used their God-given talents in praise of Christ.

In addition to the musical talents of Kantor Karen Meyer, whose musical skills bless us every week, Emmanuel’s handbell choir and brass choir added music to our worship.

The guest preacher for the service was Rev. Wallace Schulz. Pastor Schulz is a very dynamic speaker, and he gave a beautiful Christ-centered sermon. However, Emmanuel is blessed with two fine preachers who deliver Christ and His salvation to us every week, so I would have been happy to hear either of our pastors.

After worship we gathered for a fellowship meal and heard from the leaders of the congregation and saw a video presentation which chronicled the history of our current church building.

The timing of the celebration was perfect on a number of levels. As I mentioned above it was a beautiful spring day. It was warm enough to open the windows to let in some fresh air, but it was not too hot at all. If you follow the link below you will see many flowers around the church in bloom on the day of the celebration that had dropped their petals and were not blooming at all just one week later!

I was asked to take some photographs of the celebration to chronicle the event in pictures. I have posted 89 of my favorite photos from the celebration which you may find here:

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