May 29, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

May 29, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

May 29, 2020                                    

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

KATIE MUSE graduated on May 9th from Penn State Mont Alto.
Congratulations, Katie!
Other 2020 Haven Graduates:
Anna Bergschneider, North High
Jennifer Yaraghi, University of Maryland






FIRST — Grab some red and do a happy, Pentecost dance!
SECOND — If you are coming, carefully read the guidelines and information below.
THIRD — There will still be a taped service available on Sunday for those who need to stay home. Your health and safety is important to all of us. Your ordered geraniums will be delivered.

PLEASE look at the parking lot sketch to note which entrance to use. There is an entrance for those who will be staying in their cars and a different entrance for those who will come sit outside.
There will be signs and an usher in a yellow, safety vest at each entrance.









PLEASE comply with the protocols outlines. They are what we need to do to be compliant with state regulations and our insurance company. We want this to be a safe and pleasant experience for everyone. Let’s not put our ushers or the pastor in the uncomfortable position of needing to “police” worshippers.

PLEASE remember the church building is still closed. There will be no restrooms available.

People opting to be seated in cars
1) Once you come in the designated parking entrance,  another vested usher will direct you to a space to park. We will be using every other space initially

2) Please remain in your car at all times. Windows may be rolled down one inch.
3) A gloved usher will bring you bulletins.
4) You will be told what FM station to which you will tune your radio to.

5) If you ordered geraniums, we will have a plan for getting them to you.
THANK YOU. And enjoy this gathering of our community and worshiping our Lord together.

People who opting to sit on lawn chairs.

1) Once you have come in your designated entrance, you may park in any of the lots facing Pennsylvania Ave. Please practice social distancing from others as you walk to the worship site.
2) Once you’ve exited your car, you must wear a face mask. Please bring one with you.
3) Bring your own lawn chair and sit six feet away from non-family members.
4) A gloved ushers will bring you a bulletin.
5) If you ordered geraniums, we will ask you to wait until you are called forward after worship to  pick them up so we practice good social distancing.

THANK YOU. And enjoy this gathering of our community and worshiping our Lord together.

This is our first time trying drive-up worship.
For that reason, we will not try to add communion to an already complex mix.
As well as we hope we have planned, we will still be learning as we go.
Thank you for your good humor and patience.

Now that we have all that business said,
Let’s give all glory, honor and praise to our Lord TOGETHER.












Baptismal Anniversary – Benjamin (Newkirk) Lightfoot





You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. – Jesus, as recorded in Acts 1:8

Beloved, all:
What then can we say about these things? Those words hit me hard as I stood at the grave this week and commended my neighbor’s son, Martin, unto God our Maker and Redeemer. What then can we say about these things, if God is for us, who can be against us? Named for Dr. King, Martin was just a few years older than me, an essential worker, and he died as a result of complications from contracting COVID-19 which exacerbated underlying conditions.

Today, that same neighbor and I chewed the fat as I took my morning walk in the neighborhood and passed his home. Our conversation turned to George Floyd and his cruel death in Minneapolis, confessing his exhaustion at the death of “yet another black man at the hands of protectors,” he shared that he has been struggling because of his own connections to law enforcement. We prayed at his fence, we prayed; I offered a hasty petition for this dear family in their loss, and then he petitioned God to heal Officer Jackson, who was shot in Baltimore yesterday; he prayed for the officers fired from the Minneapolis police, he prayed for George Floyd’s family – and his own – in their grief. It was humbling to be in the presence of my neighbor’s faithfulness, a bit humiliating to be in the presence of such grace in his prayers. In your kindness, I invite you to pray for George, Alyse, Janann, and all who mourn – and keep faith. What then can we say about these things? You will be my witnesses, indeed.
The Church is not closed
The Church is not closed and I see signs of it throughout our synod! St. Philip’s (Caroline Street) organized a parade of cars to celebrate their graduating seniors; Christ (LaVale) organized a drive-by parade at their pastor’s home to celebrate their first anniversary of ministry together; Zion (City Hall Plaza) delivered one thousand lunches for the homeless to the Franciscan Center of Baltimore! Feeding, housing, sewing, and quilting ministries continue! Celebrations are re-tooled to help unite the body of Christ! Thank you, one and all, for your ongoing witness!

On the Way Together,
William (Bill) Gohl, Jr., Bishop

Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA

Read: Acts 2: 1-21
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 17 ‘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. 18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Reflection: (Today’s reflection and prayer were written by George Carlson, Retired Clergy, Stoughton, Wisconsin for Luther Seminary’s God Pause posted on May 27)

We humans like to celebrate. The 4th of July brings people together to remember our founders’ declaration of independence and celebrate our freedom as a nation. On Thanksgiving Day, we remember the settlers who knew their dependence on God and on indigenous people to survive.

During the coronavirus pandemic, we have longed to gather with others to celebrate. Waiting for lifting of restrictions has tested our patience. For followers of Jesus after his death and resurrection, waiting for what would come next tested their patience and trust in his promises. With other faithful Jews, they gathered in Jerusalem for the Pentecost celebration to celebrate the wheat harvest.

Beyond every expectation, God did a new thing! Wind and fire witnessed to the presence of God. Strangers heard in their own languages when his followers spoke of Jesus. God’s Spirit broke down human-made barriers and brought people together. A prophecy fulfilled! The Spirit given!


God of surprises, break into our lives with the power of your Spirit to fire us up so we speak boldly of your presence that gives us new life as your beloved. Give us new vision to see your love for all people, which unites us beyond our expectations. Amen.


“God of Tempest, God of Whirlwind” ELW #400

“Veni Sancte Spiritus” (“Come Holy Spirit, Come to us”_ ELW #406

“Holy Spirit Come Fill This Place” (CeCe Winans)

“Come Holy Spirit” (Vertical Worship)

Godsighting — This suggestion came from the receptionist at my doctor’s office.
“Never Lost” (Virtual Worship)