Emmaus Lutheran Church - LCMS

Pastor David W. Kern
Worship Service: Sundays at 10 A.M.
Sunday School and Bible Class: Sundays at 9 A.M.

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June 1, 2020


On Monday, June 1, 2020 the elders conducted the monthly meeting, at which we reviewed the updated policies concerning church services in the state of Illinois. Beginning next Sunday, June 7, 2020, we will be conducting worship service at 10:00 a.m. Every attempt will be made to follow guidelines as published by the Illinois Department of Public Health. If you are part of a high-risk category, having health issues that preclude your attendance, please contact Pastor Kern, and he will plan to come to you for a visit. Your health and well-being should not be superseded by the sense of mandatory attendance. Our Bible Class and Sunday School will not begin again until a later date. The following steps will be taken, in order to meet guidelines:

Please understand this process is new to all of us. Some of what we do may appear to be totally "off-the-cuff." If there is something we can do to improve upon our service, please let us know. We pray that one day, these practices that impinge upon our fellowship as a congregation may be a memory of the past.


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Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions. Deuteronomy 32:1


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,


It came to mind, while riding on the bike path toward Grafton, that I had the opportunity to gaze upon an eagle when looking skyward. Those large birds did not just begin to fly from the point of being a new hatchling but went through a rigorous course in “flight training” by a seasoned “flight instructor.” So, I learned from reading about it, from an article on the internet.


When an eagle wants to teach its little ones to fly from the nest high on a cliff, hundreds of feet up in the air, it prods one of the eaglets and with its beak, noses it out of the nest. The eaglet starts to fall, and the great eagle flies underneath, puts its wing out, catches the little one on its back and flies a mile into the air. When you can hardly see the eagle as a point in the sky, it turns sideways, and down falls the little eaglet, goes fluttering maybe a thousand feet. Meanwhile the eagle circles around the eaglet and underneath it; the eagle catches the eaglet on its wings and carries the eaglet up in the air again. After dishing the eaglet out again and letting it go, the eaglet comes down farther and farther—sometimes within a hundred feet of the ground. Again, the great eagle catches the little one on its back and up they go another mile. The little eagle is at perfect rest and learning to fly. Way up there in the sky, the great eagle will bow over again and little by little the eaglet will learn to fly. The eagle knows when the eaglet is tired; it spoons the eaglet into the nest, noses out the next one and starts off again.


God says, “That’s the way I take care of you!” But you may say, “I don’t like to have my nest stirred up. I like everything cozy and tidy, and I just like to stay in my baby ways where I am.” But God loves you. That is why He will not let you stay as a baby. He wants you to learn to fly. Sometimes you must be carried aloft, and you have a horror of having to go by yourself, but it must come if you are to grow. Thanks be to God, that He allows us to grow as “hatchling” Christians, each flight taken allows us to grow in faith.


In His grace,


Pastor Kern


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