Worship at Emmanuel
At Emmanuel, we gather for worship to hear the gospel, that is, the good news of what Jesus Christ our Savior has done for us. Without him, we would only tremble in fear when in the presence of our holy God. But because of him, we can approach God in confidence and joy to receive strength for our faith and for lives of service. To learn more about worship at Emmanuel, see the information available below.

Current Worship Schedule
Join us in person or online! 

Worship at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

Worship at 6:30 p.m.
Offered year-round including holidays

What to Expect at Worship
    Where do I sit?
  • You're welcome to sit wherever you'd like. Some people like to sit up front. Other people would rather sit in back. Our excellent sound system will enable you to hear from anywhere in our sanctuary. If you need any assistance, an usher would be happy to help you.
    What do I wear?
  • When you join us for worship at Emmanuel, you'll find people who wear everything from suits to more casual dress. We won't be concerned about what you're wearing. We'll be thankful for the opportunity to share God's Word with you.
    What about my children?
  • At Emmanuel, we love having children in worship. When you join us, you'll quickly find that you're not the only one with young kids. Our songs and orders of service lend themselves to children becoming familiar with them at a very young age. A parents’ room in the back of our sanctuary is available for your use as needed. A television allows you to continue to see and hear what's going on in church.
    What about the offering?
  • The members of Emmanuel partner in spreading the good news about Jesus in Tempe and throughout the world. Guests need not feel obligated to participate in the weekly offering that supports that important work.

About Liturgical Worship
    What is liturgical worship?
  • The aim of liturgical worship is to make Christ's saving work the center of our time together each week. There are some parts of the service that are very similar from week to week. This ensures that the central truths of our Christian faith are proclaimed at every service. These truths are what strengthen our faith. Other parts of the service change every week. Liturgical worship follows a calendar made up of seasons and festivals that cover the entire life of Christ each year. Finally, liturgical worship is designed to enable people to participate in praising God and proclaiming the gospel. When you join us for worship, you'll notice that people aren't passive observers but are actively involved in reminding one another of God's love.
    Parts of the Service
  • Our worship follows a variety of formats and incorporates a variety of musical styles. At the same time, certain key elements are found in just about every service.

    Every service begins "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," the same words that were spoken at Christian baptism. These words remind us that, through baptism, we are God's children and can enter his presence as boldly and confidently as children approach a loving father.

    Confession and Absolution
    Even though God has made us his children, we still fall into sin each and every day. Therefore, when we come into God's presence, we start by humbly confessing our sins and then gladly hearing the announcement that, through Jesus, each one of them is forgiven. Each service starts out with this wonderful, comforting news.

    Song of Praise
    Following the announcement of forgiveness, we burst into joyful song, praising God for his love and proclaiming the wonderful things he has done for us through Christ.

    Each service usually includes the reading of three lessons from the Bible. Typically one of them comes from the Old Testament, one comes from a New Testament epistle (letter) and one comes from one of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John). Through his word, the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith and we grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Each week one of the pastors preaches a message based on one of the three lessons. The sermon is an opportunity for him to explain what God's Word means and how it applies to the lives of believers.

    Confession of Faith
    The basic truths of the Christian faith are summarized in creeds, statements of what we believe. The worldwide Christian church has been confessing the two creeds we use, the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, for almost two thousand years.

    Brothers and sisters united by faith pray for the joys and challenges that we share. These prayers are followed by the Lord's Prayer.

    Holy Communion
    Before he left this earth, Jesus instituted a special meal for his Church that we refer to as the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion. In it, he offers us his own body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins and for the strengthening of our faith. At Emmanuel, Holy Communion is offered on the second, fourth, and fifth Sundays of each month. We would love to speak with you more about preparing to receive this special meal with us.

    The last words that we hear before we leave are the words of God's blessing that have been spoken over God's people since the days of Aaron the High Priest, more than 3,500 years ago. We leave God's house assured of his love.
    Seasons of the Church Year
  • Each year we cover the most important events and teachings of Christ by following the Christian calendar.

    The word advent means "coming." During this first season of the church year, we prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ's first coming at Christmas and his second coming on the last day.

    At Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God's Son took on human flesh and came to this world to save us.

    The word epiphany means "appearing." During Epiphany we remember how Jesus, the baby born in a manger, was clearly revealed to the world as the Son of God and Savior of all mankind.

    During Lent we solemnly remember Christ's suffering and death, and our sins that made those things necessary. While Lent is more of a somber season, it is still a joyful one. Through Christ's suffering and death, our sins have been paid for.

    During Easter, we celebrate Christ's victory over death and the devil. His resurrection from the dead proves that our sins are forgiven and that we, too, will rise from the dead.

    Pentecost was the day 50 days after Easter when God poured out the Holy Spirit on his Church. On the day of Pentecost we remember that important day. In the season that follows, we cover the important teachings of the Bible through which the Holy Spirit works faith in our hearts and brings about change in our lives.