September 9, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

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Haven Lutheran Church

 September 9, 2020

Susan Strobl ask for prayers for her son, Jeremy Strobl and his family. They had to evacuate their Oregon home last evening due to the Almeda Fire.
Please keep in prayer Jeremy, his family and all those facing dangers and loss due to the wildfires. Pray for their safety. Pray for those fighting the fires. Pray for those trying to provide care to those who have evacuated.

“DID YOU KNOW?” – HAVEN’S SANCTUARY (Worship Space) Dick Hess recently passed on some items to go into Haven’s Archives, including a copy of the bulletin distributed for the September 28 dedication of Haven “new” sanctuary in 1980.  Many of us were not at Haven forty years ago. So I thought I’d begin to share with you some interesting information about our church sanctuary that I discovered.

The architect was Herman A. Hassinger who explained the reasoning behind the sanctuary’s design.
“ For the first three centuries of its life, the Church existed as a gathered family to worship and share the joy of Christ. Worship was usually held in homes or private places. This building is a deliberate design to return to the gathered together worship of the Apostolic Church.

The Church is people. The church building is only a manmade convenience that exists to serve the people in their act of corporate worship. The church building like many in the early church is arranged as a Greek cross (equal arms) with a central chancel area. There is a table altar as the center of worship. The congregation gathers around three side and the choir (also part of the congregation) is gathered on the fourth. In the center, the Pastor (also a member of the congregation), leads this family in common worship. The building reflects directly an increase in emphasis on the sharing of worship, joy and celebration. This is a healthy return to the earlier tradition. The congregation is deliberately se face to face. It meets as a family across the table in a single unifying space for the congregation, the Word, and the sacraments.”

Washington County Interfaith Coalition
Interfaith Prayers for our Times
September 8, 2020 Prayers

Muslim (Rabindranath Tagore)

Deliver me from my own shadows, my Lord,

from the wrecks and confusion of my days.


Indigenous (Native American: Sitting Bull)

What does it matter

How I pray,

So long as my prayers

Are answered?

Holy Bringer of Life, help us to know when our prayers have been answered: the prayers we speak and the prayers we make so silently that not even we ourselves can hear them voiced.  Help us know what is really wanted, what is really needed…and the difference between the two.

We would embrace that which is holy and not seek that which would wound another, or would destroy rather than create, or that which is our own will and is not Thine.

Grant us each acceptance of what is present and unfolding in our lives; ease the pain of that which is yet to be and that which exists in us to bring about desolation.

In the grace of love, let the gift of Your presence be with us, Bring us to connection to the Holy within our living we pray. Amen

Reverend Valerie Wills, Co-coordinator
Washington County Interfaith Coalition



Happy Labor Day to you all!!

It has certainly been a bountiful gardening season at Haven. God has really blessed us all!!

Today, as Pastor Linda, Ethan, and myself were weeding we came across a colony of baby bunny rabbits. Two had scampered out of the colony as I scared them with the sound of my weed wacker. Pastor was able to capture one and we put it back with the rest of the nest. We thought the second was really hidden or gone. A few moments later, he appeared. Ethan was able to corral him and he was placed back into the nest. We were all wearing gardening gloves, so no human traces should be on the babies. We have the nest protected (marked) with a cylinder wire cage. We covered the nest up with the moss and grass. Please do not disturb our little “Haven Hoppers”. They are a true God Sighting and HUGE blessing.                                                                     Scott Rhodes


Pastor’s P.S. We just have to laugh at the irony of having a nest of rabbits — potentially next year’s garden munchers — within the garden. As the song says, “All God’s creatures got a place in the choir.”






















Read  Psalm 103: 1-13

1Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits —
3who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6The LORD works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
13As a father has compassion for his children,
so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him. unearned.

(Today’s reflection, with some editing, was prepared by Paul O. Myhre as posted on

Psalm 103 inhales and exhales praise. It is a reflection on the contours of human capacities to know God and to exclaim that God has done and that God continues to do amazing things…. Psalm 103 can be read like a reflecting pool that shows the clouds overhead and distant stars so that we might reach down and touch them. They are not the actual objects, but reflections of them. As such we are able to grasp something of their essence and as such they can push inward reflection on what they may mean. The Psalmist recounts the various activities of God and invites people to reflection about them. This reflection brings forth praise like the heat beneath the geysers of Wyoming.

God heals diseases, redeems people from pits, crowns people with love and compassion, gives good things for human desires, renews one’s youth like the eagles, and works righteousness and aims toward justice for all of the oppressed. This image of God is one that comprises a theology of hope in the midst of hardships. It is a perception of God that provides courage to face the trials of the day be they war, disease, despair, loneliness, unjust systems of oppression, or anything that would cause human life to be diminished in some way.

Human experience is something that is ever changing as one life event slips into another and those into yet another. Each one carries with it a range of possibilities and dangers. A capacity to choose right and wrong or something that exists between the two is ever possible. The missteps are as present as the correct ones. Yet, for the Psalmist, the God who is to be praised is [not] an accountant keeping a tally of all the right and wrong steps. This God is an active loving presence that removes the impediments to full relationship with God and what might contribute to an abundant life.

The Psalmist in these verses provides a type of heat to the waters of personal experience and declares to those who would hear something about a God that is not only worthy of praise, but who can and does meet people in the contexts of life to provide solace, comfort, and strength. This recognition alone when coupled with personal experience draws forth from people something deep within and expels it outward into the sky as activities of praise.


Prayer  (ELW Psalm Prayer)

Compassionate Father, you forgive all our sins and put them far from us. As an eagle to her young, you nourish and renew us with your tender love. Sustain us each day of our mortal life, that we may seek your healing for all who are in need, and bring us at last with saints and angels to bless and praise you forever; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


“Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven” ELW#365 (Choir of Westminster Abbey)

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” ELW #858

Acapella (Men’s chorale)
St. Andrew’s Cathedral (Sydney)

Taizé – Bless the Lord
(Taizé music highlights simple phrases, usually lines from the Psalms or other pieces of scripture, repeated or sung in canon. The repetition is designed to help meditation and prayer. One example you may be familiar with is “Jesus Remember Me” ELW616)

10,000 Reasons – Bless the Lord (Matt Redman)

“All Creatures of our God and King” (David Crowder Band)

“Grace Got You” (Mercy Me) A bit quirky but catchy