May 22, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

May 22, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

May 22, 2020

Christ is Risen! Alleluia
(He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!)

WORSHIP AT HAVEN THIS WEEKEND We will be taping the worship service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter today. We will post the bulletin and the link to the Sunday 9:30 am “premiere” by Saturday. Hear Jesus remind us this week that even when we are apart, we are united in our Lord, abiding in the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Invite your friends to worship with us, too!
(I am researching a platform that may allow members who do not use computers to listen to the taped worship on their phones. I will let you know what I discover.)

SEMINARIAN KATY MORAN’S ADDRESS  After doing her course work for two months on-line in her apartment on the Gettysburg campus, Katy arrived at her family’s home in Virginia yesterday. What a way to finish your first year at seminary — sheltering in place, enough computer viewing and work to make your eyes cross, no on-campus gatherings or worship, no time with folks she was just starting to know and love at Haven and now no CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education unit) as planned because the hospital where she was going to serve cancelled the program due to Covid-19. I for one applaud Katy’s resilience and hope she gets some rest and has some great time with her family. How about sending her a note or card of encouragement and support? She would love to hear from you. She was very sad not to have the opportunity to say good-bye to us in person. You can write her at 1404 Chestnut Court, Herndon, VA 20170. (IF we are able to have a coffee fellowship this fall, we hope to ask Katy to come back so we can officially say our farewell and pray God’s blessings on her continuing seminary work.)

“Thank you the expressions of concern, prayers, phone calls and cards from Pastor and congregation during my husband’s recently surgery, and the condolences offered following the passing of my dear sister, Linda Henry.   It was comforting and gave us needed strength during this time.”
Jean Carbaugh and family


THE MUFFLED drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground 5 Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead.                                                  

Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O’Hara
 (Posted on Veteran’s Administration’s website for Memorial Day)

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15: 12-13

Charlotte Loveless shared this poem from a friend:

Memorial Day
Taps have sounded their haunting sound
Stars and stripes in honor abound.
The Memorial Day parade is past once more
Touching each one with patriotism to the core.
Hands on heart as Old Glory passes by,
Remembering falling comrade with a tearful eye.
Gettysburg, Bunker Hill, Anzio, the Gulf War too,
Korea, Iwo Jima, Normandy, just to name a few
Of the many places blood spilled
To give loved ones freedom, our nation was built.
So what does it mean today
In this 21st century of so much decay?
Is there justice anywhere to be found?
Do love and mercy still abound?
The truest memorial to heroes of old
Is the heart and the home of the free and the bold
Striving, seeking justice for all.
In this time of plenty
Who will answer the call?

MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY BREAK There will be no Haven message or devotions this Monday, May 25. Mary and I are taking off the Memorial Day holiday. We’ll be back on Tuesday.

When you have planted a garden, suddenly you have a different view of rain. Where once it seemed gloomy, now it is a day you do not have to water the garden. Rain    or sun, I hope you have a refreshing weekend, basking in     the love and generosity of  our most gracious Lord.
God IS with you! God IS with us!
          Pastor Linda M Alessandri     


Maddie Haupt


Read: John 17: 1-11

“After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

Reflection (Reflection & Prayer written by Justin Lind-Ayres for Luther Seminary’s God Pause)

John’s gospel begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (1:1). We are people of the word who confess the Word and believe God is present in that word! In John 17 Jesus’ prayer before his crucifixion foreshadows his return to heaven with God, and anticipates already his resurrection promise: “The words that you [God] gave to me I have given to them.” We have that word, gifted by God, made known in Christ, and alive among us through the Holy Spirit. It is a word available to us at the beginning, in the life and ministry of Jesus, on his cross, at his tomb, in the Easter garden, grasping at Jesus’ ascending feet, in Pentecost flames, in our church gatherings (virtual and physical), through the whole of creation, and in the face of our neighbor. This word is written upon you as a holy claim by Jesus to God: “All mine are yours, and yours are mine.” What a prayer!

This is our prayer, O Spirit of truth: that we may know you, the only true God, and your Word, Jesus Christ, whom you sent to claim us all. Amen.

“You Are Mine” ELW 581
“Baptized and Set Free” ELW453
“We Are One Body”
“We Believe” (Newsboys)
“Abide with Me” (Matt Maher)