Message from Pastor Alessandri April 7, 2020

20April7 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

April 7, 2020

The Peace of the Lord IS with you!

AT-HOME PRAYER VIGIL  Have you set the time for your participation in Wednesday’s Prayer Vigil? Remember, you can pray inside or outside, with or without music, as you walk or a combination of those options. Read each name or circumstance and then pause to lift it to God, with or without words. You may be amazed at what prayer does cross your consciousness when you just leave a space. If you are currently on Haven’s e-mail list, you will receive an extended Prayer List sometime today for our At-Home Prayer Vigil on Wednesday. For others, I encourage you to make your own list, use the names listed in a Sunday bulletin and ask close family and friends for their prayer requests.  It is a deeply rich experience to pray for God’s children and creation.

Maundy Thursday – April 9 at 7 p.m.

Good Friday – April 10 at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday  – April 12 at 10 a.m.

(Haven Easter Sunday Prelude 9:30 am)

The synod bulletins and videos will be available on the Digital Worship page of our website (https://demdsynod.org  To access them when they are posted, scroll down the synod’s homepage to  “Digital Worship” and click on it).  You can also watch these services on the synod Facebook page (DelawareMaryland Synod) or the synod’s YouTube station (https://www.youtube.com/ then put “Delaware-Maryland Synod” in the search line.

APRIL BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  What a great reason to give someone a call or drop them a line of congratulations and good wishes. And please don’t forget those whose birthday or anniversary was at the beginning of the month.

Birthdays

Donna Dickinson – 04/01, Phyllis Meyers – 04/04, Sari Kilheffer – 04/05, Joyce Meredith – 04/05, Tanner Meredith – 04/09, Clare Newcomer – 04/09, Jonathan Schupp – 04/09, Maura Haupt – 04/11, Stephanie Meredith – 04/11, Karla Pile – 04/11, Sharron Moser – 04/12, Jessica Snyder – 04/14, Sue Resh – 04/19, Don Evason – 04/23, Anna Bergschneider – 04/26, Ed Distad – 04/28,  William Byers – 04/29 – Tanner Creek – 04/30

Baptismal Anniversaries

Amy Mason – 04/01, Karl Pile – 04/01, Patricia Pile – 04/01, Joshua Webb – 04/01, Michael Manspeaker – 04/03, Rebecca Mason – 04/04, Lynda Byers – 04/06, Tanner Creek – 04/08, Inez Winebrenner – 04/12, Margaret Cunningham – 04/15, Korben Defriece – 04/15, Anthony Bracken – 04/21, JoyEllen Bergschneider – 04/25, Laura Manspeaker – 04/27

Wedding Anniversaries

Kevin & Kim Pile – 04/05, Ed & Prue Yelinek – 04/05, Kenneth & Saundra Myers – 04/26

A PERSONAL NOTE  My recent surgery scar and a nearby 50 year-old ruptured appendicitis scar have decided to act up. NO INFE CTION. Just one of those things. So I will be connected to a portable wound V.A.C. (Vacuum Assisted Closure) for a few weeks and a visiting home healthcare nurse will come three times a week to tend to it all. Of course, I ask you to pray for good and steady healing but there is no need to worry.  I am fully functioning and oh, so ready to celebrate the resurrection and its promise of new and renewed life.

God IS with you. God IS with us.
Pastor Linda M Alessandri

A Pause with God’s Word

Readings for Tuesday of Holy Week: Is. 49: 1-7; Psalm 71: 1-14, I Cor. 1:18-31, John 12: 20-36

Read:           I Corinthians 1: 18-31
18The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
26Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

Reflection:  A king who rides a donkey, leading a motley crew of commoners rather than riding a mighty stead before an impressive armed troops. The Son of God who serves rather than demands to be served. Might whose powerfulness lies in caring for the powerless. Love that will not force or seek to control the other but is given unconditionally even when rejected. Power used for the welfare of all rather than self. A ruler whose throne is a cross and his crown a wreath of thorns. The love of a Savior that is willing to lay down its life for the salvation of all, even those who despise, deny or dismiss him.

To our worldly standards, the good news of Jesus Christ does indeed seem “foolishness.” God revealed in the life and death of Jesus does not act like the “gods” of this world. Yet we say, “Amen! Thanks be to God.” We proclaim, “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” We may not always understand the wisdom and ways of our Lord, still we trust in the One whose loves for us is selflessly, steadfast, life-giving and eternal.

 Prayer: We’ve arrived at one of those times, O God, when we feel unanchored and adrift, nothing feels “normal” or sure. Help us put our trust in you as we make our way to the “other side” of this pandemic. Guide us to put our energy into gratefulness, prayer and love rather than panic or despair — which may appear “foolishness” to some but is the way of true wisdom and life as revealed in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 Music:
Both of these are sung by the acapella group, Glad. I can’t believe they are now over 30 years old.
“And Can It Be”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txD_EpFlfXQ
“Be Ye Glad” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q_yQqHksQw
“And This is Love ” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdyAOEP4uXA