February 11, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri

February 11, 2021 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

HAVEN LUTHERAN CHURCH
       Hagerstown, Maryland

    February 11, 2021

SNOW! SNOW! SNOW! AND SOME MORE SNOW!

Snow or no Snow, we need you to participate in this Sunday’s SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING, February 14th, 10: 30 am. If snow or COVID keeps you away from coming to the church, PLEASE join us via ZOOM. We need 50 voting members to have a vote on the Roof Project and Loan proposals.

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GRATITUDE AND GODSIGHTINGS

THIS IS NOT JUST A PIANO — IT IS A VERY GENEROUS GIFT 
The Music Room had needed a new piano for choir rehearsals. The previous one had served us well but had gone a bit wonky. Getting a new piano was put on the back burner for a variety of reasons, including the discontinuation of choir since last March due to COVID

Well, it seems, our organist and choir director, Steve Pastena, decided he would use some of his Haven Thank-You gift to give a gift to Haven. Thank you, Steve, for this very generous gift of a new piano to Haven and its music program. Thank you for helping us to continue to make a joyful noise to the Lord during worship, even if it has to be soft singing behind masks for many. What is the most common comment I hear about Steve? “We are so blessed to have him!” And that is the truth! Amen

MELITA KAPLAN was able to celebrate her 40th birthday with her dad, brother and one of her sisters. What a great smile!

BECAUSE WE NEED TO LAUGH

A PAUSE IN GOD’S WORD

Read:

2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

Reflection   (Rev. Kathleen Panning, Luther Seminary’s God Pause, posted 2/11/21)
During this story of the mind-blowing experience of the Transfiguration the disciples hear a clear instruction to listen to Jesus. For readers of Mark’s Gospel this seems especially important, since in Mark’s story, as many have noted, the disciples seem consistently to misunderstand things Jesus says to them. Often what Jesus says is not what they expect or want to hear or contrary to what the authoritative voices of their day say is so.

For us too there is often a cacophony of voices all vying for our attention. I recently heard someone say that we live in an attention economy, meaning that those who make it in business, or those churches or institutions that are successful, are those who get and keep getting people’s attention. As people of faith, it is not about us being flashy or loud or entertaining. We are first called to listen—to listen to one and only one voice, that of Jesus.

Prayer

The din of this world is often deafening, O Lord. Give us ears to hear and hearts and minds to discern what is your voice and then the will to follow. Amen.

Music:  (Some really stellar music for the Feast of the Transfiguration. Who knew?)

“Transfiguration” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJec8-pfVQk

“How Good Lord, to Be Here” ELW #315  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2PztaurpaA&list=RDU2PztaurpaA&start_radio=1

“Oh, Wondrous Image, Vision Fair” ELW #316 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-9glrG0ud0

“Alleluia, Song of Gladness” ELW #318
(orchestra and choir)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH-9bsgCvTY
(different tune then in ELW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwVeiv_0KWc

“Transfiguration Hymn” (Davidson Chorale)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuTyvruTwrY

“Transfiguration Hymn” (from Vespers for the Feast of the Transfiguration by JJ Wright) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPuRRjnd6FU

“Transfiguration” (Hillsong) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pri10SRoBPc