December 2, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

December 2, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

Deck the Halls for the Coming of Christ
Haven Lutheran Church
December 2, 2020

A Pause in God’s Word in Our Hope and Expectation

In every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind — just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.      1 Corinthians 1: 5-8

Prayer:  Gracious Jesus, you are an endless giver. You give us all we need each and every day to bring your love to those in need around us. Remind us in this day that you are with us, and that through your presence we are called to serve. Amen.


                           EXPECTANT, COMING

“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”  (ELW 254)  (handbells)

“Hark, the Glad Sound! The Savior comes..” (ELW 239)

“Unexpected and Mysterious” ELW #258   (beautiful words; VERY unusual tune)

Expectant/Coming?  HAVEN’S HUNGER TEAM WILL SOON HAVE NEWS ABOUT FOOD BASKETS Fountaindale Elementary School contacted us to ask if we could provide Food Baskets for some families facing food insecurity this coming Christmas. We had thought with the schools closed there would be no chance to connect with any families. Right now the plan is to provide 5 Food Baskets. Now the Hunger Team is working on the best way to coordinate. So look expectantly for the coming of more news on how you can participate in this hunger ministry.

When I think of COMING in Advent, I think of Jesus’ coming at Bethlehem and at the end of earthly time. But what about our COMING to Jesus? Macrina Wiederkehr led me to this wondering in her poem “A Prayer for Coming Home”

O True and Ever-Living God
I repent of all my false and empty gods
I look again into the closets of my life
my mind, my heart
to see what rules me.
Whom do I serve?
What are the possessions
the people, the opinions
the events,
that control my life?

O Welcoming One
I see you standing at the door
of my heart
waiting for me
You gaze at my strange gods
with an eye of compassion

I am ashamed to invite you
into my cluttered house
yet my heart aches
to be at home with you.

My hand is reaching for the door
I hear myself saying, Come on in
I have more room than I thought I had
Come on in, and be the only God in my life.
May this moment of homecoming last forever.

(Seasons of Your Heart: Prayers and Reflections)

 Thursday and Friday’s ADVENT WORDSHope, Restore.
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WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY TOMORROW, December 3, 10 am Today’s study: “Singing, Writing, Moving, Connecting: Advent Rituals For Uncertain Times.”Please use the door closest to the Big Brother Big Sister office and follow the signs to either Bible study. Bring a mask. We’re set up for social distancing, with plenty of sanitizer on hand.

HEALTH UPDATE   Dick Hess returned to the hospital Monday. After getting intravenous fluids and anti-nausea medication, he was sent home with antibiotics for a sinus infection. COVID can be rough! Keep Dick and his family in prayer.

Washington County Interfaith Coalition

Interfaith Prayers for Today’s Times

December 1, 2020

A moment of Hanukkah remembrance

                As the flames are kindled

We remember

The miracle that took place

And greater ones that are to follow

Reinhold Niebuhr 20th century German Christian theologian

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace;

Taking this world as it is: not as I would have it;

Trusting that You will make all things right as I surrender to Your will;

May I be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy in the next.

Holy One, our miracles come in moments of openness to the beauty and celebration around us.  May we open to all the holy moments of the month of December and be “reasonably happy” in a restricted holiday season.  May holiness abide in our hearts… and memories draw us together in the spirit of faith.  Amen

Reverend Valerie Wills, Coordinator
Washington County Interfaith Coalition


Hey All, one of my yearly tasks is, I am a coordinator for the Reach Cold Weather Shelter for my church. (Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown)  We have an aging group and I have been unable to find help for week December 6 – 12. I need a minimum of 5 people per night to cover the various positions. It is not hard work and you are fed. The shelter requires and follows the covid protocols. If you can help 1 night or 7 please contact me ASAP and we can discuss the schedule.

Jobs:  Check in, bag checking, serving food 6:30 – 930ish

Thanks in advance and God Bless!

Scott R. Paddack, Haven friend and BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA District Director    P 301.739.1211