Working Together to Make a Difference

September 25th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

The burdens of daily life can get heavy-especially when we try to bear them alone. Likewise the work of the church can get feel like a burden if left only to some people. Thank goodness the Holy Spirit is poured out generously on everyone within the community of faith-and even on those outside the community of faith-in order to accomplish God’s purposes. When the Spirit is shared among us, we can work together, as one, to bear God’s healing, hope and compassion to the world.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen

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

The Good Shepherd

April 24th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

One of my favorite hymns is Marty Haugen’s “Shepherd Me, O God” based on Psalm 23:

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.

This Sunday we are reminded of the Good Shepherd who invites us to know the abundant life he came to bring, and to extend the invitation to others.

May the love and compassion of Jesus flow through our lives, so all may know God’s grace and mercy.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen