Emanuel Lutheran Church

Emanuel Lutheran Church, a servant church in the city of New Brunswick, NJ New Brunswick, NJ
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Emanuel Lutheran Church

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1 Kirkpatrick St
New Brunswick, NJ 8901.0

(732) 545-2673


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Who We Are

We welcome you to Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, a servant church in the city of New Brunswick, NJ. The people of Emanuel are drawn together by the promise of the Christian faith to make all things new. In response to this promise, we work together to make the love of God known in word and deed. We invite you to gather with us to praise God and take part in our Sunday services.

Who Are We? A Welcoming Place.

Visitors to Emanuel will find themselves welcomed by the members and invited to participate fully in the life of the church. Our members are from many ethnic and racial backgrounds, and many denominational backgrounds as well, coming together to share in the work of Christian ministry. They will be glad for the interest of visitors in the congregation and happy for their involvement in the life of the church.

About Us

Casual, Friendly, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational, Creative, Down to Earth

Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Adult Education, Food Pantry

Traditional Hymns, Passionate Reverent, Organ

Lutheran (ELCA)





Our Services

What are services like?
Music plays a very important part in the life of Emanuel. Emanuel is a singing congregation that has benefited from the great musical heritage of the Lutheran church but also from the music of other traditions and sources. Living in today’s world, we continue to acknowledge this heritage while simultaneously looking to the present and future for new ways to express our faith through music. One reflection of the musical diversity of the congregation is through the variety of liturgies (orders of worship) that are used to guide the worship life of the congregation, and through the variety of sources from which congregational hymns are drawn. We primarily sing from the New Century Hymnal in companion with Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW), the Lutheran hymnbook. Additional sources include the 1991 Hymnal Supplement and Worship & Praise. There are a number of liturgies utilized throughout the year in our worship services, each of which aims to capture the spirit of that particular church season. As is our practice at Emanuel, adaptations are made in the texts when necessary to ensure that worship at Emanuel is fully inclusive and that God is not made as small as one gender or referred to exclusively as "he."

What is the community like?
In keeping with the spirit of Luther, Emanuel is a congregation that has heeded the call of conscience in response to the gospel of Christ. As such, Emanuel has frequently stepped forward on issues having to do with both church and society. Emanuel has led the way in promoting inclusive language in worship, weekly communion for people of all ages, and, most significantly, for the full inclusion of gay and lesbian members in the life of the church. Emanuel was the first Reconciling in Christ Church (a church that publicly embraces the cause of inclusion) in the New Jersey Synod and was a leader in the Synod in this cause. Emanuel is also a model for a mission-oriented church in its outreach and its witness.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We invite all seekers to experience the life of the Christian community as lived at Emanuel. Emanuel is a member of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Lutheran tradition of Christianity is based on the belief that human beings are freely accepted by God as a matter of divine grace. The believer does not win or earn God's favor, because this is already bestowed by God upon all. Christian faith is the response to this acceptance, the response of love for love, grace for grace, as these are known in the life and teachings of Christ Jesus. Lutherans believe that the Bible is the word of God insofar as it testifies to the Word of God that is known in Christ Jesus. The Bible is not literally God's words, but is understood as testimony to God's Word and therefore must be interpreted by believers.


Jeffrey Eaton

Jeffrey Eaton

Jeffrey Eaton has been Emanuel’s pastor since 1987. Before coming to Emanuel, he was chaplain and professor of religion at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He is a published scholar and approaches the preaching of sermons as a teacher, believing that it is important for Christians to understand what it is that they believe. He teaches the Adult Forum for most of the Sundays of the academic year, exploring a variety of topics that have to do with both church and society. His Ph.D. is in the field of philosophy. Jeff enjoys surfing when he is not at church. He is married to Sharon and has a married daughter, Juliane Eaton-Mercado.

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