All Things Possible

October 9th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

In the Gospel for Sunday a rich man’s wealth gets in the way of his relationship with God and generosity to others. That still happens today when we care more about our stuff than our faith. But there are other things that can also get in the way of our relationship with God: negative self-talk, unwillingness to trust, not believing that anything can change.

What keeps you from living the abundant life Jesus came to bring? Join your sisters and brothers in Christ this Sunday at 10am, as we are reminded of Jesus’ love and acceptance which make “all things possible” by God’s grace.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen

Our Hands are Open in Generosity

August 13th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

There’s a song that we sometimes sing in church with this refrain: “….they’ll know we are Christians by our love.” And that love is seen most clearly in real, concrete actions—like the way we respond to those who are hungry and hurting.

Generosity to the poor is an ongoing theme through the Gospels. For Paul, generosity is one of the fruits of faith. It shows that God is at work in our lives. It doesn’t matter how much we give: “….if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have” (2 Corinthians 8:12).

The key is that when our hearts are opened to the stirring of the Spirit, our hands are open in generosity.

For a real-life story of amazing generosity, from the open hands of two young children, please take a couple minutes and watch this inspiring video:

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen