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  412 North Church Street · Rockford, Illinois 61103 | (815) 964-5514       
​Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

​Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, an inclusive, caring Christian community, dedicated to learning and worship in the Episcopal tradition. We are happy you are here!

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Children and Youth

Children and Youth

At Emmanuel, our children and youth are included, important and celebrated. Learn about our Children at Heart service, our Sunday School program and our Youth Group.

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Urban / Social Outreach

Urban / Social Outreach

Emmanuel Episcopal Church's commitment to outreach in downtown Rockford extends back 30 years to the purchase of the Franklin School property next door, where the first soup kitchens were held that winter.

Get involved and help make a difference in our ever-changing urban community!

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Music / Liturgy

Music / Liturgy

Emmanuel has a vibrant musical tradition that includes our choir, organists and other musicians. Join us at 10:30AM to experience our sung Eucharist and worship through song.

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Latest Sermon

Three Wise Men, Two Kings

Jan 8, 2017

By: The Reverend Andria Skornik

The story of the three Magi searching out the infant Jesus is central to the Epiphany story, often so much that we lose sight of the two kings who are also present. Herod, named "King of the Jews" by his Roman masters, in his palace in Jerusalem acquiring more wealth and power through any means, including murder. The infant Jesus, born King of the Jews by Almighty God through the Virgin Mary, in a manger in Bethlehem, "least among the lands". Herod ascending to power at any cost, Jesus descending to Earth and emptying Himself of power to live among us. True power is not just for the Herods of this world; we are all meant to be powerful in the way Jesus was, as children of God. We all have a choice. Which king will you choose to follow?

The Scripture references are Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72, and Ephesians 3:1-12. The Gospel reference is Matthew 2:1-12.


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