September 30, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

Haven Lutheran Church
September 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRATITUDE AND GODSIGHTINGS

 Found this along the way to dolphin and whale watching on Saturday. Sang the song all day to myself.
“On the sand, I have abandoned my small boat.
Now with you, I will seek other seas”
Inspirational.                           Pam O’Connor

 

 

Ethan Rhodes Week 4 or distance learning.
It’s better with a buddy.

 

I am grateful to those who send me pictures to share. I am grateful for folks who can capture a picture like this.  Pastor Alessandri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BECOMING A 21ST CENTURY CHURCH The author, Rev. Fred Lehr, will continue his presentation on being a church in this world that 1s very different from the world we knew growing up. The session begins at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (Hagerstown) Masks are required and there is plenty of space for social distancing. You can also see it on Trinity’s You Tube channel — “Trinity Loving Community” — and posted for viewing later at the same YouTube station.

Washington County Interfaith Coalition
Interfaith Prayers for these times

September 29, 2020

Hindu:  This ritual is one.

The food is one.

We who offer the food are one.

The fire of hunger is also one.

All action is one.

We who understand this are one.

 

Celtic:   May the Father take you

In his fragrant clasp

Of love,

When you go across the flooding streams

And the black rivers.

 

Blessed Holy Spirit— in love, you guide us.

Place before us the beauty and wholeness of our lives.  Help us to know in our hearts that we are all one, that love surrounds us whoever we are and however we may feel: frustrated, anxious, hopeful, afraid.

All is One in the acceptance of Holiness.  Be with us as we cross treacherous waters, fearful times and the touch of our loved ones’ hearts…Help us know that others are touching our lives with hope and prayer as we traverse difficult waters.  You, indeed are One as is the life we each offer to the other.

May we touch the living Oneness that is your gift and remember that hope is also the gift of faith we choose to embrace. Amen

Reverend Valerie Wills, Coordinator
Washington County Interfaith Coalition

 

BECAUSE WE NEED TO LAUGH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A PAUSE IN GOD’S WORD

Read   Philippians 3:4b-14

[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

Reflection

I was checking on Trinity Lutheran’s e-messages to see if they had some good humor to share. What I found was this “Joyful ‘toon” which reminded of Paul’s words, “14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We find ourselves in a time when we can’t see too far down the road. We find ourselves like the duck who appears to be effortlessly gliding on the water, but is actually paddling like crazy underneath. COVID is wearing on us — and like the runner on the left, we wonder how we will continue and from where can we get the strength and clarity of mind and heart to make it through.

Faith is believing in the goodness of God even though you cannot see or feel it. Faith is taking the time to remember — I am loved by the Creator of the universe, the God of all time, the Giver of Life. You — yes, you! Drink in the wonder of that. Swallow the joy of being the beloved of God. Let it fortify your trust in the Lord of all.

By the grace of God and its appearance in our care for one another, we WILL make it! We may wish for a short sprint, but we have a marathon right now. At 65 I don’t quite see myself running. But this true, this we can trust —God does not ever leave us without resources to take the next step.

Prayer
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, you have brought us this far along the way….You give us the grace that helps in time of need. Surround your COVID and election weary people with your steadfast love and pour your light into the darkness of fear and anxiety. By the power of your Spirit, free us from distress and, each day, give us renewed minds and hearts made whole in the name of the risen Christ. Amen” (Adapted from prayers on pages 67 and 84 of the ELW)

Music

“When You Are A Soldier” (Steven Curtis Chapman) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuwfpSdhIGY

Verse 1
When you are a soldier
I will be your shield
I will go with you
Into the battlefield
And when the arrows start to fly
Take my hand and hold on tight
I will be your shield
‘Cause I know how it feels
When you’re a soldier

Verse 2
When you’re tired from running
I will cheer you on
Look beside you
And you’ll see you’re not alone
And when your strength is all but gone
I’ll carry you until you’re strong
And I will be your shield
‘Cause I know how it feels
When you are a soldier

Bridge
I will be the one
You can cry your songs to
My eyes will share your tears
I’ll be your friend if you win
Or if you’re defeated
Whenever you need me
I will be here

Verse 3
When you’re lost in darkness
I will hold the light
I will help you find
Your way through the night
I’ll remind you of the truth
And keep the flame alive in you
And I will be your shield
‘Cause I know how it feels
When you are a soldier

CCLI Song # 547593 Steven Curtis Chapman © 1990 Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Songs (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) Greg Nelson Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Sparrow Song (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.comCCLI License # 1322444