A greeting card to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

This “Mighty Fortress” card features stained glass from a village church in Zwingenberg, Germany. The cover proclaims “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A mighty fortress is our God). Luther’s hymn of the same name is based on Psalm 46, which is referenced in the inside text: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1.

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“We preach Christ crucified”

“We do not put a statue of a baby in the manger because we think that Jesus is still in the manger. We put a statue in the manger to remember that Jesus was a baby, that He took up our flesh and our burden. An empty manger just won’t do. The fact that God has a body, was born of a woman, for us, is not a tiny detail in the story or somehow not the important part. It is the essence of the story. In the same way, we do not put a statue of Jesus on the cross because we think that He is not risen. We know and we rejoice that He is risen. But an empty cross just won’t do. The fact that He was crucified in His body is not just a detail or somehow the prelude to the more significant event. It is the essence of the story. We preach Christ crucified.”   -David H. Petersen in God With Us

*All books are up to 25% off during our Fall Sale

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Custom Imprinting on Christmas Cards

Emmanuel Press offers custom imprinting for bulk orders of Christmas cards, including customized inside greetings and return addresses on envelopes. With Christmas only three months away, now is the time to get started on your personal or business order.  Contact us for more information!

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Do I Need to be Fixed?

“I am thankful for my pastor and the Gospel he preaches to me: I am baptized into Christ. My value is in my Savior, not in my womb. I do not need to be fixed of my barrenness to be content in this life, nor will being a mother make me more important in the eyes of my heavenly Father. I still yearn to be a mother, but God’s Holy Spirit is made even stronger in my weakness and pain. I am without child, but I am not without grace. And His grace is sufficient for me. It is sufficient for you, too.”

-Katie Schuermann in He Remembers the Barren, now on sale

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Fall Sale: Save up to 25%

All books are up to 25% off through September 30. Be sure to search for excerpts on the right sidebar and check out our updated Reviews and Endorsements page.

*The Brotherhood Prayer Book (and CD) includes services for the day (Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vepsers, and Compline), the entire Psalter, daily and seasonal propers, and a Beichtspiegel unique to the BPB.

*Paul H.D. Lang’s Ceremony & Celebration gives a confessional apology for why the Lutheran Church is a liturgical church. It instructs in every aspect of the service, such as liturgical actions, liturgical space, and the church year. It explains why we do what we do.

*The Conduct of the Service describes what to do in the chancel, such as where to stand and how to move so that the emphasis remains on Christ and not on the liturgist.

*Prof. John Pless’s Didache uses the Bible, Luther’s Small Catechism, and the hymnal to instruct in a basic pattern of catechesis which expounds upon doctrine, liturgy, and vocation. Many pastors find it to be a helpful guide for Bible Class, while other customers use it for individual or group study.

*An Explanation of the Common Service is an excellent supplement to Ceremony & Celebration in that it explains the actual words, or the rite, of the Divine Service.

*He Remembers the Barren by Katie Schuermann offers comfort not only to those who struggle with the painful experience of barrenness, but also to anyone who knows the grief and shame of suffering. It is a valuable resource for family members, friends, pastors, or anyone seeking to better understand and empathize with the barren experience of a loved one.

*Liber Hymnorum: The Latin Hymns of the Lutheran Church is a collection of hymns taken exclusively from Lutheran hymnals and chant-books of the Reformation and post-Reformation era. It is two hymnals in one, the first half being English, the second Latin, exactly mirroring the first half in contents and numbering.

*The prayers in Wilhelm Loehe’s Seed Grains of Prayer contain collects for all occasions and are particularly good for personal devotion.

*Thy Kingdom Come and God With Us by Pr. David Petersen offer daily sermons for Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas. These books are invaluable for homiletical ideas and for the devotional reading of good Law & Gospel sermons.

*What an Altar Guild Should Know gives details about church services, rubrics, altar care, sacred vessels, and other topics related to liturgical worship. However, anyone who is interested in liturgical worship will appreciate Lang’s keen theological insight into why reverence and beauty and the externals of worship matter.

*In The Word RemainsWilhelm Löhe gives insight into the confessional Lutheran understanding of the church year, the Word of God, and matters related to the Christian life.

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An Excerpt from Didache

didache-grid“The Catechism confesses that the benefits of faithful eating and drinking in the Sacrament are the ‘forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation’ given us through our Lord’s words. The forgiveness of sins is the primary gift which God bestows in the Supper and is the foundation for life and salvation. Forgiveness of sins is the content of the New Testament. The word ‘testament’ indicates that a death is necessary. The death of the one who makes the testament is necessary for the testament to take effect. Jesus’ death is the energy unleashed in the Lord’s Supper. A testament also indicates heirs and inheritance. In this testament, ‘given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins’ indicates that we are heirs and that the inheritance is the forgiveness of sins won by Jesus’ atoning death as a sacrifice in our place.”

-John T. Pless in Didache, a book that instructs in a basic pattern of catechesis which recognizes that doctrine is drawn from the Holy Scriptures, confessed in Luther’s Small Catechism, and expressed in the hymnal. Suitable for group or individual study.

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Scratch & Dent Sale – Save 25%

It’s time for another Scratch & Dent sale! We have several books with minor flaws that we’ve offering at 25% off (plus the standard shipping rate, found here). Flaws include a fold or scratch on the cover, dented spine or corner, or a cover discoloration. These dents are simply cosmetic and don’t affect the inside material.

Contact us with your mailing address if you are interested in purchasing any of these books. We’ll then email you a customized Paypal invoice with payment required in 24 hours. But hurry – we expect these items to go quickly!

*We’re also in the last few days of our annual Christmas in July sale. Save 25% on all Christmas cards!

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Christmas in July! Save 25% on all Christmas cards

Impress your inner procrastinator by taking advantage of our fantastic Christmas in July sale! All Christmas cards are 25% off through Monday, July 31. Visit our Christmas cards page for more details and to see all 10 designs, found only at Emmanuel Press.

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He Remembers the Barren is now available on Amazon

The updated and expanded second edition of He Remembers the Barren by Katie Schuermann is now available on Amazon, in both paperback and Kindle eBook formats!

If you’re familiar with the first edition, you may be wonder-ing what’s different about this one. Here’s what you’ll find:

  • revisions all throughout the book, reflecting the author’s growing understanding of barrenness, the theology of the cross, and the ethical issues surrounding infertility medicine
  • new chapters on adoption and making sense of the cross of barrenness
  • a new Q & A Appendix in which Katie Schuermann answers questions frequently asked about miscarriages, “family planning”, secondary infertility, and embryo adoption
  • helpful discussion questions for each chapter, designed for either individual or group study
  • new cover artwork by Edward Riojas, including the opportunity to purchase a giclée print. Read all about the symbolism here.

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“Every woman knows pain” – A review from Dawn Gaunt

My soul has not been pierced with the sword of barrenness. I cannot and will not pretend to understand that pain. The sword that pierces my own soul goes by a different name. Nonetheless, fruitful or barren, young or old, sensible or ridiculous, every woman knows pain. We’re designed for it, and our personalities grow out of it. In He Remembers the Barren, Mrs. Schuermann calls a blade a blade. How refreshing to find a Christian author who knows a cross when she sees it, and who knows the only responsible thing to do with a cross is to carry it.

And, behold how pleasant it is when sisters dwell together in unity. Mrs. Schuermann writes, “No one really wants to know what it is like to be barren.” Of course, she is right. But I am humbled by knowing and honored to know what it is like for her to be barren. I am blessed to meet, via this book, sister after sister who is intimate with the pain of barrenness. I am glad to be made to understand the smallest fraction of their suffering, that I might better love them as women carrying the crosses God has given them in faith, in dignity, and in hope.

Also, while I am not barren, I found balm to a pain I bear in my heart in Chapter Fourteen, “What if God says No?” As I near the end of my fertility, I find myself begging God to give me even one more child. Seven living children fill my house, and still my heart aches for another. I see younger women, those sensible creatures, tie up their packages in tidy knots and retire themselves early from their childbearing years. I hear elder women, honestly sensible, encourage a gentle going into the good night of age-induced infertility. But I lack sense. Ridiculous, laughable, foolish, I cannot stop praying and hoping as I ever did, and dreading the day when I know for certain that I have died to childbearing forever.

To me, Mrs. Schuermann writes, “As we learn from our brother Job, Satan can only deliver punches…that God allows. And though Satan means it for evil, God means it all for our good. Does this comfort you? It comforts me….I may be slogging through the valley of the shadow of death, but I will fear no evil for the Good Shepherd is with me.” Amen. And thanks be to God for beholding us and giving us to one other, a rich consolation under the crosses we carry as we wait His return in glory.

-Mrs. Dawn Gaunt, pastor’s wife and mother of seven living children

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