July 15, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

July 15, 2020

Haven Lutheran Church

 

HOP ON THE MEAL TRAIN Clare Newcomer has arrange for us to join the Lions in providing simple meals for Pastor Dave Kaplan as he recovers from hip surgery at home.
After our administrative assistant, Mary Grabill, has sent out this e-message, she will also forward an e-mail from Clare with the link to participate in the “Meal Train.”
In that email, you will find a button that says, “Open the Meal Train.” Click on that button and you will be taken to Meal Train site. 1) Click on “Review All Instructions” and you will get Pastor Kaplan’s address, preferred delivery time, and food preferences and dislikes.  2) Then select a date on the calendar that is not already taken and sign up to bring a meal that day.
A reminder — 1) Please only bring enough food for one person for that day’s meal and the next. (Too much food will lead to an overstuffed refrigerator/freezer and waste.) 2) Know your meals will be enjoyed and appreciated.
I have also told Pastor Kaplan to let us know when he begins to need rides to appointments or physical therapy. Several persons have already told me they would be willing to provide transport. Keeping casting those seeds of God’s love whenever you are able.

GRATITUDE AND GODSIGHTINGS
It is with heartfelt thanks, I sent a note of gratitude. Thank you for all the birthday cards and all the cards wishing recovery from injuries. I felt the presence of prayers with me and I felt the presence of God throughout. Thanks you my Haven family.

During this Covid19 period of restrictions, I like many in my neighborhood were joined together in preparing our gardens for the season. In that regard, we became closer caring for one and offering assistance as needs arose. I received much help from my neighbors as well.
Thank you again.
Blessings
Charlotte (Loveless)

Washington County Interfaith Coalition
Interfaith Prayers For Our Times

July 15, 2020

Socrates

Dear Pan, and all you other gods who live here

Grant that I may become beautiful within,

And that whatever outward things I have

May be in harmony with the spirit inside me.

Muslim

Grant me

The light in my eyes, the true understanding of my faith,

The Certainty in my heart,

The sincerity in my actions, peace in my mind

And spaciousness in the means of my living.

May I offer gratitude as long as I live.

Source of living, may I be a voice of encouragement to those worn down by the sameness of days.  Grant me the certainty of a loving spirit within and the ability to offer it where needed.   Fill me with words which bring harmony to discord, gratitude to moments of assistance, and appreciation for all that is. Bless all people together that we find new acceptance while creating hope and joy. Amen

The Rev. Valerie Wills, Co-coordinator
Washington County Interfaith Coalition

 

From Carol Shull

 

 

 

Sent by Nancy Newkirk. Bethel Lutheran Church where Pastor John Lestock is pastor in Hudson, Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING READY FOR WORSHIP IN THE SANCTUARY THIS FRIDAY AT 5 PM  Today we removed the hymnals and bibles from the church pews — less surfaces to be touched and not needed during worship since it is all printed in the bulletin. There is blue tape marking where folks can sit observing six feet distancing. Of course, when family members sit together, we’ll need to adjust. We will put cord across every other pew to maintain the suggested distancing. We are trying to get enough hand sanitizer (8 oz. bottles with pumps) to fit in the shelf where the hymnals and bibles usually sit.
(IF you see any of that size of not stinky or sticky hand sanitizer, could you buy some for the church?)

We are trying to do everything possible to make the space and experience as safe as possible. The doors will be open. Bulletins will be on seats. Communion will be distributed in cups. And we will learn more as we go.

I am excited to share worship and communion with those who attend. Yes, we will be wearing masks, sitting apart and only able to wave or bow a “peace be with you.” Still, it’s together around the Lord’s Word and table. It’s a tiny step toward finding what can be.

A PAUSE IN GOD’S WORD
Read   Psalm 86:11-17

11Teach me your way, O LORD,
that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
12I give thanks to you, O LORD my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14O God, the insolent rise up against me;
a band of ruffians seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15But you, O LORD, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant;
save the child of your serving girl.
17Show me a sign of your favor,
so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Reflection
It becomes obvious as the psalm progresses, that the psalmist is in trouble, “a band of ruffians seeks my life.” The psalmist turns to God, confident of the Lord’s power, mercy, steadfast love and faithfulness.

Yet the psalm begins with a prayer to learn God’s ways, to walk in God’s truth and have an “undivided heart.”  It seems a peculiar  place to start when you’re in trouble and danger. Is he asking the Lord to show him what he is meant to learn or see in this crisis of his life? Or is he asking the Lord to show him how to navigate through the trouble — how to act and the direction to go? Or perhaps, he is acknowledging that in his fear or despair he has waivered in his faith or his faithfulness to the Lord and needs to turn back to the Lord with all his heart, mind and soul.

It has me thinking of the challenges, changes and uneasiness of this unprecedented year. It seems our human default is to call out to God for help and deliverance. It’s a prayer of desperation but also a prayer of trust in God’s goodness and might.

Yet what might happen if I turned my prayer to “teach me your ways, that I may walk in your truth. Give me an undivided heart, that I bind my days and myself  to you, Lord, and not take my eyes off you.” Instead of swimming in anxiety or fear, I look under the unknowns, behind the masks, in that six feet of space between us to see what God might want me to see or learn. Instead of thinking of this as simply a big mess (which it is) what if I look for God’s footprints and seek God’s way of seeing, being, dealing with what is and where God might lead us? Maybe trouble and messes are classrooms where we grow as we lean into God for strength and courage. Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Psalm (ELW Psalm Prayer for Psalm 86)
Gracious Father, when your Son called out to you in the time of trouble, you heard him and brought him out of the pit of death to the glory of resurrection. Give strength to your servants whom you have raised with him to new life, that with undivided hearts we may worship you and tell the glory of your name; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Music

“There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy  ELW 588  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLqlKZe1Ckc

“Show Me Your Ways” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGp3VCKkjaU

“Who You Are to Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wms76AfllVE

“Undivided Heart” (Twila Paris) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSXqjNhRPVU