Our Pastor

 

Pastor Jeffrey Grundmeier was born in Houston, TX, to Brian and Ruth Grundmeier. Along with all three of his siblings, Jeff attended Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Houston, and then Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI.

 

Jeff went on to Martin Luther College to study for the pastoral ministry. Before enrolling at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Jeff married Valerie (Leinberger) in the summer of 2009. God has given them four daughters: Eloise, Nadia, Bridget, and Carly. During the third year of Seminary training, the Grundmeiers went to Faith, in Antioch, IL, where Jeff served as Vicar. In 2013, having received a Divine Call through the Assignment Committee, they made Sault Ste. Marie, MI their home. They praise God for this incredible gift of gospel ministry, and pray that he uses them to his glory for the eternal benefit of those they have the privilege of serving.

Worship brings God's people together through lessons, songs, preaching, and the sacrament.

 

As believers, Christ is at the center of everything we do. This is especially true when believers gather together for worship. Without Christ, we would have no reason to gather for worship. We would be separated from God and each other. We would cower in shame in the presence of God. But Christ, our Savior, has restored our relationship with God. This act brings us two-fold joy. We open our hearts to receive his saving and empowering gospel. We also open our arms to offer to Christ our thanks, our lives, our everything. 

 

This cycle of receiving from God and giving to God characterizes each of our lives. It also characterizes the way we worship when we gather together. To accomplish this, we use a form of worship that traces its roots to the apostles themselves: liturgical worship.

 

Christ is at the center of liturgical worship. Some parts of the liturgy stay the same each Sunday. This is to make sure that Christ is proclaimed and praised during every service. Some parts of the liturgy change every week. These changes are based on the appointed calendar of the church. This calendar makes sure that we cover the important events and teachings of Christ every year.

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Immanuel Lutheran Church