June 8, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

June 8, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

June 8, 2020

GOOD MORNING, CHURCH! I hope you were able to enjoy yesterday’s gorgeous weather. I provided a beautiful breeze during our second Drive-up Outdoor worship service. I imagined the Holy Spirit’s gentler Pentecost wind coming upon us. Last week 35 worshiped outside. This week it was 46. Whether you watched worship online or came to our second Drive-up Outdoor worship, I pray you were able to revel in the mystery and wonder of the Trinity and the inner life of our Godhead.

WE MISSED SOME JUNE 7 CELEBRATIONS

Morgan Butsch

 

 

 

Dick Manspeaker’s  Baptism Anniversary

 

 

 

HAVEN’S RE-OPENING TEAM will be meeting via Zoom this evening. We are gathering information from the DE-MD Synod and Maryland as to what the latest phase of our state’s re-opening plan means for churches. We will keep you posted.

 

 

Joshua Webb

 

Valerie & Grant Wills

 

 

 

GRATITUDE AND GODSIGHTINGS
Pastor David Eisenhuth, Trinity Lutheran’s Daily Message, June 5, 2020
I am sorry to report that Deb Kittle, the sister of our administrator, Rich, died on Tuesday. She was at Doey’s House Hospice for a short time. Deb’s life was not easy. She lived with developmental issues, and had had several bouts of serious illness. She worked as an aide in the daycare at CitiCorp, taking the bus there and back from her home in Williamsport. She was a life-long Methodist, and was very active in her church, including singing in the choir.

Rich shared with me a personal interchange the Hospice Chaplain had with his sister when she was still at the hospital. I hope he does not mind my sharing it with you. Although it was obvious to everyone including Deb, that her life’s journey was coming to an end, the Chaplain asked her if she there was one thing she wanted to say to God at that very moment- what would it be? Her answer was, “Thanks.” I think that is one of the most touching, yet strongly stated, confessions of faith I have ever heard. In good times and challenging ones, I pray that I might be thankful in all things.
I ask your prayers for Deb’s family. And as always,
                      May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace through the mercy of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A PAUSE IN GOD’S WORD
Read: Exodus 19: 2-8a
2[The Israelites] had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.3Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: 4You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, 6but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”
7So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8aThe people all answered as one: “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.”

Reflection:
An introduction offered to this reading says, “At Sinai God assured Israel, “You shall be my treasured possession,” and commissioned them to serve as mediating priests for the nations.”  There it is — the two simultaneous truths of our own calling as God’s people. You are my treasured people and you have a mission. You are my child and you are my witness to the world. It is not an “either/or,” it is an “and,” like two sides of the same coin.

In our baptism — in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — there is no conditional language. It is not “if” you are obedient and follow me, then you shall be my child. God claims us forever, warts and all. YET, that is not a privilege to be exploited or flaunted. It is an identity of great worth and honor that is to be used in God’s work to heal, restore, and unite all of creation to be all God ever wanted it to be.  

Today, take some time to simply bask in the amazing truth that you are loved and treasured by God forever. When you are resting in the realization of that truth, step into the marvel of being God’s witness and hands in the world. No, don’t move into the guilt or doubt about what you have or have not done in the past. No, don’t step into the worry of what you will or can do in the rest of your life. Simply, marvel at the honor and privilege of God choosing YOU to be part of God’s saving work. Marvel that God knows you have the gifts to witness to the love of God in what you say and do. Marvel and give thanks for God forever loves you and you are a way that God has sent something important and special into God’s world.

Prayer: We can hardly believe that you would entrust us with a partnership in your saving world mission. Before we can convince ourselves that it is too heavy a burden for which we are not equipped, etch in our hearts the images of you bearing us on eagles’ wings and pouring your blessings upon us at baptism and each day. Fill us with delight and courage that we may live joyfully and fearlessly as you children and your church in your world. Amen.

Music:

“On Eagles’ Wings”  ELW# 787
(virtual choir, Jakarta, Indonesia   ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXfu01zfqb0&t=147s
“Beloved, God’s Chosen” ELW 648 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia9pH0wJml0

“Anthem — We Are Called, We are Chosen” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjaDE4pPVSQ
“Chosen” (Sidewalk Prophets) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1ymenyfDjs

Some Suggestions from Nancy Newkirk
“He Is Exalted” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=53&v=pM3DCuDVafY&feature=emb_logo

“My Eye Is on the Sparrow”  Mississippi Children’s Choir  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=113&v=Q_8pUqXADTE&feature=emb_logo