Holy Trinity Sunday

May 29th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

On Holy Trinity Sunday we affirm our belief in God as three persons— Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But the Trinity doesn’t so much tell us who God is, but what God does.

God loves the world, drawing us into loving relationship, so that we might be co-creators in God’s healing work of compassion and justice.

Join us as we also celebrate our high school graduates in worship this Sunday, and as we discern the Spirit’s leading at the congregational meeting following worship.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen

Festival of Pentecost

May 22nd, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

This Sunday, May 24th, we observe the Festival of Pentecost when God sent the Holy Spirit to empower the ministry of Jesus to continue through his followers.

Pentecost is both a day and a season, extending from The Day of Pentecost until Advent. It is a time for claiming the power of the Holy Spirit for our daily living to help us grow in faith, courage and love.

Wear red to worship as we boldly witness to the Spirit alive and well in our midst!

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen

Jesus Prays for Us

May 14th, 2015

Jesus prays for us. Do you ever think about that? We pray for one another and we pray for ourselves, but Jesus also prays for us knowing intimately the challenges and struggles we face every day. That was the assurance he gave to his first disciples before he left them, and it’s the assurance he gives us too, “so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.(John 17:13)

I invite you to know the joy of being part of the community for whom Jesus prays, as we gather for worship again this week.

Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

This Sunday on Mother’s Day we remember the mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers and all who have mothered us with life, comfort, support and guidance; giving thanks for those people who have been God’s parenting hands for us on earth.

Most of all we give thanks for the unconditional divine love God reveals to us through Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for us so that we may love one another.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen