First Sunday in Advent

November 27th, 2015

Dear disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

It’s Black Friday and the rush towards Christmas has begun! Frantic shoppers are vying for the best deal, people are filling their calendars with holiday events, and the most wonderful time of the year has turned into the busiest, craziest time of the year.
Unless you’re someone who also pays attention to the church year, and not just the calendar year, as part of the faith community which observes Advent.

And so on this 1st Sunday in Advent, instead of picking up the pace, we slow down. We take time to savor this rich season of waiting. The word advent means “coming.” Together we wait with bated breath for the celebration of God’s coming into our world in human form, as one of us. As we also wait, too, for the day Christ will return and God’s kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. While at the same time we wait for the way Jesus will come into our lives right now, with grace-filled gifts of joy and peace.

May this time of waiting fill our hearts with great hope and expectation for Jesus’ coming into our lives and world.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen

It’s a Mystery

June 12th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

It’s a Mystery!” That’s a line from the movie “Shakespeare in Love” that gets repeated in several scenes. But it’s also a line that could be used in the parable we’ll hear this Sunday 

(Mark 4:26-29).

Like the farmer in that parable we too plant seeds that we hope will grow God’s kingdom on earth. But how it grows is often a mystery. 

Like seeds buried in the ground, God is often at work in hidden ways and we just need to wait and be patient that growth will come

As the character in the movie says, “Strangely enough, it all turns out well.” “How,” he is asked? “I don’t know, it’s a mystery.” 

If you’d rather watch that scene, click the link here:

Join us this Sunday as we reap the harvest of God’s kingdom in our joyful, hope-filled worship, reminded again that in God’s time, all turns out well!

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen