August 26, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

August 26, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

 August 26, 2020

 Haven Lutheran Church

 ….August 26….. August 26….
National Women’s Equality Day The United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women full and equal voting rights on this day in 1920. Every year on August 26, we commemorate this right with National Women’s Equality Day.
On July 30, 1971, Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) presented a bill designating August 26th as Women’s Equality Day. That year, rallies, celebrations and political debate filled the country on August 26th. By 1973, Congress passed a joint resolution declaring the day to be observed on August 26th of each year. Every year since each president declares this day as Women’s Equality Day commemorating the certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

I think they could have stopped at National Women’s Equality Day but others have also claimed this date. National Dog Day (since 2004) encourages dog ownership of all breeds, including the mutts of mixed breeds. National Cherry Popsicle Day (of unknown origins) and finally Kat Valentine founded National WebMistress Day in June of 2016 to promote women in web design and to celebrate the legitimacy of the job title. Another website added Make Your Own Luck Day, Musical Yoga Day, and National Toilet Paper Day (I thought that has been every day since the end of March ?)

Celebrate today for whatever reason you choose. This is the day the Lord has made…. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!









Washington County Interfaith Coalition
Interfaith prayers for our times

August 25, 2020


Japanese (Both Shinto and Buddhism contribute to Japan’s religious vista.)

The way I must enter

leads through darkness

to darkness—

O moon above the mountains’ rim,

please shine a little further

on my path.


All that we ought to have thought and have not thought

All that we ought to have said, and have not said,

All that we ought to have done and have not done;

All we ought not to have thought, and yet have thought,

All that we ought to have spoken, yet have not spoken,

All that we ought not to have done, and yet have done;

For thoughts, words and works, Pray we, O God, for forgiveness.

Spirit of Life, we find so much in this time of masks and limitation to bind us.  Help us to see this time as a time of blessing: the blessing of quietness: even as we miss the voices and interaction of each other. Help us with the blessing of patience even as we long for the freedom of touch and physical embrace. Let us know the blessing of boredom which holds us fast yet invites us to learn new ways of encounter and connection.

Guide us to embrace, not only what we have to do, but also to welcome its challenges to our creativity.  Open new doors and grant us the ability to recognize them, we pray. Shine a further light on the paths and opportunities of our lives.  We need your presence in our hearts. Amen

Reverend Valerie Wills, Co-coordinator

Washington County Interfaith Coalition

Read: Romans 12:9-21

9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I am overwhelmed when I read this powerful passage from Romans. I want to be able to swallow it whole and let it become a part of me. I want to linger on each verse and dream of what a church, a family, a town, a world would be like if we followed its advise.

Today, I do not want to write or speak about this reading with you. I want to ask you to dwell in it. Pick it up and read it again and again over the next few days. Pray it, “Lord help be to love genuinely; to hate was is evil and hold fast wo what is good.” Pause to have conversation with the Lord when you are struck or startled by a word or phrase. (“Lord, what is the evil I need to turn away from?” “Lord, what does it mean to be ardent in spirit?”)

Today, I want to give thanks to the Lord for the power, the wisdom and the hope contained in these verses. Today, I pray you will, too.

Prayer: I know these words from Romans could be a way for me to examine myself and confess my shortcomings and failures. But right now, Lord, I am so full of the gift of your hope and guidance that all I want to do is offer you my thanks and praise. I want to eat and drink in this way of life you offer that brings such light, joy and love. I want it to be my guide and my deepest desire. Help me to make it so, dear Lord of all that is right and good. Amen.

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