Paul Olsen

on the way…not there yet

The New Is Here!

Sermons and
“Inside Immanuel Weekly” articles
for the Fall Emphasis
on Stewardship & Spiritual Growth
at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Boise, Idaho

  • When Less Is More
    On Giving I’m a terrible packer.I never know for sure what I should bring,so I bring everything I can think ofand generally way more than I need.I come home with clean socks and underwearin suitcases that scrape by just under the 50-pound limit. Which is why interim ministry has been good for me.In the last …

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  • For the Fun of It
    On Service After seven daysHe was quite tired so God said:“Let there be a dayJust for picnics, with wine and bread”He gathered up some people he had madeCreated blankets and laid back in the shade The people sipped their wineAnd what with God there, they asked him questionsLike: do you have to eatOr get your …

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  • Love Urges Us On
    November 14, 2021Immanuel Lutheran Church, Boise, ID2 Corinthians 5:14-20; Mark 12:28-34 CALL TO WORSHIP Sometimes churches can be invisible.You get used to them being there,we’re just a part of the scenery.People go in and go out,but if you’re not one of them,you might hardly notice. So when our Mission and Life Committeewas studying our neighborhood,asking …

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  • Light Out of Darkness
    All Saints’ Day – November 7, 2021Immanuel Lutheran Church, Boise, Idaho2 Corinthians 4:5-15; Mark 12:38-44 CALL TO WORSHIP In the eleventh chapter of the Letter to the Hebrews, the writer says,Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,the conviction of things not seen. Faith is the boldnessto step across the threshold, face an unknown …

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  • Getting Beyond Boring
    On Worship Here we are all in one placeThe wants and wounds of the human raceDespair and hope sit face to faceWhen you come in from the coldLet her fill your cup with something kindEggs and toast like bread and wineShe’s heard it all so she don’t mind                 (Betty’s Diner, Carrie Newcomer) “Church is boring,” …

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  • And God Said
    On the Word Ever searched for just the right word?You know what it is,it’s on the tip of your tongue,you’ll think of it in a minute,but you need it right now. Because the right word can make all the difference,it can communicate what you’re trying to sayto all those faces around you with quizzical looksthat …

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  • Come Pray in Me
    October 29 2021 Eternal Spirit of the living ChristI know not how to ask or what to sayI only know my need as deep as life,and only you can teach me how to pray.Come, pray in me the prayer I need this day…(ELW #402) Pray without ceasing, the apostle Paul told the Thessalonians (1 Thess. …

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  • Becoming a New Church
    October 22 2021 Would you give your church away?  I believe I have a taker if you will.  The Immanuel you know and love—what would you take in trade?  Could you part with it? Because in many ways, you have, haven’t you?  If you were here in 2019, or even if you weren’t, nothing is …

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  • “The New Is Here!” Theme
    “The New is Here!” Immanuel’s Fall Emphasison Stewardshipand Spiritual Growth In the midst of his own chaotic times, the apostle Paul saw an ever-creative God doing new things: If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17) In these times, believing …

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