“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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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

Be Opened: Healing comes in many forms

September 4th, 2015

Dear disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

Each week we lift up prayers of healing for the many people on our active prayer list, as well as the names on the prayer chalkboard outside our building. Yet healing comes in many forms. Not just for individuals who need healing in body, mind or spirit. We also need healing for our fragile earth, as well as healing from the racial prejudice that is so prevalent right now.

In the Gospel this week we hear an amazing story where Jesus is not only the bearer of healing, but is healed himself through the actions of a persistent foreigner. How might we be opened to the unexpected people and places for whom God is working to bring healing now?

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor Gretchen