“Don’t be alarmed”

November 13th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

We’re constantly reminded that life can change in an instant, whether it’s in the face of a wounded veteran; a homeowner whose house has burned to the ground; or a parent mourning the loss of a child. It takes courage and hope when the world as we know it crumbles around us. Yet that is exactly what Jesus gives us. “Don’t be alarmed,” are his words from the Gospel this week. For out of the rubble, God will build something new. Whether it’s a broken building, body or dream, whenever something fails it is but the “birth pangs” of a new beginning.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen

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Turbulent Waters

June 18th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

An old French prayer says, “O Lord, my boat is so small and the sea is so great.” This Sunday’s gospel reading is filled with turbulent water. We all have experienced storms in our lives-whether emotional, physical or spiritual. Sometimes we’re even called into the storms that come from following Jesus. Either way, the water of baptism reminds us not to fear. In faith we trust that we are not alone in our small boats-Jesus is with us. Faith gives us the courage we need to weather the storms of life.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen