May 27, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

May 27, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

May 27, 2020                                    

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

On Monday, Rest Haven had its road lined with flags. Many have names of veterans whose family dedicated a flag in his or her honor. It is a very beautiful yet somber sight. Cars drive through slowly. People walk the roads speaking in hushed tones. It’s heartening to see that we can still be moved to a meaningful quiet and expressions of respect for the sacrifice of others.

On the “beginning of summer” side of Memorial Day, it is a delight to hear children outside playing and laughing. I’ve heard it a lot more since the pandemic and it always fills me with nostalgia and hope.

I hope you found some simple yet nice moments during this most unusual Memorial Day weekend. I check in with my sister this weekend. The Yahtzee Corona tournament score now stands:
Denise – 3 sets; Linda – 0  Her family is doing well and enjoying some not-so-hot Atlanta weather.

Washington County Interfaith Coalition

INTERFAITH PRAYERS FOR A DIFFICULT TIME

May 27, 2020

French theologian Teilhard De Chardin

Grant me to recognize in others

Lord God

The radiance of your own face.

Prayer from Zaire

O God, you have formed heaven and earth;

You have given me all the goods

That the earth bears

Here is your part, My God.

Take it.

You whom we name God gift us every day with life.  May we find the strength to honor the radiance in each other’s faces. Help us value and remember the lessons we have learned in recent months.  Be a strong presence in all we choose to do and keep on shining through in each other’s faces.  Amen

Valerie Wills, Co-coordinator
Washington County  Interfaith Coalition

TARGET SHOPPERS Target seems to be one of few retailers that actually has some bottles of Germ-X or Purell hand sanitizer* and tubs of Clorox wipes on the shelf. There are limits on quantities. IF you find yourself there and either is available, please consider picking one up for Haven. When we are able to move into the building, we will need a good supply of both. Thanks.
(* WORD OF WARNING: If you see other kinds of hand sanitizer, be sure to check the aroma. Mary said her husband was so happy when he found a big ole container of a hand sanitizer at Sam’s. So what’s the problem? It apparently smells horrendous.)

PENTECOST IS COMING THIS SUNDAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter quotes the prophet Joel when he addresses the crowd that Pentecost day:
7”‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”

SMILE FOR THE DAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God IS with us!
Pastor Linda M Alessandri

A PAUSE IN GOD’S WORD

(This Sunday on Pentecost we move from the church season of Easter into another part of the church calendar called the Season after Pentecost or “Ordinary Time.” Before we made that transition, I wanted to share this song, devotion and prayer from my Justin Lind-Ayres, ’03 M.Div. University Pastor, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, Minnesota as posted on Luther Seminary’s God Pause May 24, 2020.

Read or sing: “Love Lives Again”

Love has come—again in the darkness! Love bursts forth at the dawn of the day.

See, the women have come to discover: Christ has arisen; death is conquered!

Love! Love! Love is the Word of Easter:

Love! Love! Love lives again today.

 

Love now lives—an angel proclaims it; Love is loose in creation again.

See, the wonder and glory of Jesus; Tell all the world what God is doing:

Love! Love! Love is the Way of Easter:

Love! Love! Love lives again today.

 

Love has come—and claims us forever. Love is word now unbounded and free.

Love is Jesus alive and among us. Love is our call and gift to others.

Love! Love! Love is the Truth of Easter:

Love! Love! Love lives again today.

 

Text: Justin Lind-Ayres (used by permission)

Tune: Un Flambeau, “Love Has Come” (ELW 292)

Reflection:

Here’s the truth: God is present in you. This same God who is in every season and in our witness, revealed at the margins and present in suffering, made known in blessings, in the word, and in love—this God is present in you. Christ is in you, and through the Spirit’s power, you are Christ-bearers to the world! And this aching, pandemic-stricken world needs you—needs us all!—to share Christ and make God’s love manifest in word and deed as we advocate and work for justice, mercy, and peace.

Love is loose in creation again, for this is Easter! We are called to tell the world what God is doing. Jesus is alive and among us in love; this is our call and gift. God is with us, and we as Christ’s church live out this holy love by sharing the promise with others. Love lives again today—in you!

Prayer:

God behind and before us, God above and below us, God within and among us: by your love in Jesus, guide us to share Easter with the world. Amen.

Music:
Several versions of “Take My Life”
ELW 685 (instrumental, organ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us-nBr2ditY
(Chris Tomlin)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agROj9nTQP4
(choral) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhzN9GxpdRU
“I’m Alive in You” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zundjUFazfg
“Christ In Us Be Glorified” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vmw3XOh24uE
“Love God and Love People” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-29WLQ3trA