Grace

October 23rd, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

Grace. That’s what it’s all about for us Lutherans, going all the way back to the 16th century Reformation, which we celebrate this Sunday. As Paul wrote even earlier in the 1st century, we are “justified by faith apart from works” (Romans 3:28) solely by the grace of God. Think of it this way: 

There is nothing you can do that will make God Love you more.

There is nothing you can do that will make God Love you less. 

That’s the promise given to us in baptism. And the promise that three of our youth declare publicly this Sunday as they affirm their baptism in the Rite of Confirmation.

We have much to celebrate this week as we live in God’s amazing grace!

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen

“It’s not my fault!”

June 4th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

It’s not my fault!” How many times have you said those words when you realize you’ve made a mistake but don’t want to admit it? So we make it another’s fault. The dog ate my homework. The car in front of me stopped too quickly. My partner didn’t write it down on the calendar. Blaming goes all the way back to Adam and Eve, whose story we’ll hear in worship this Sunday (Genesis 3:8-15).

The good news is that God doesn’t reject us when we make mistakes. We can own up and be forgiven. With grace enough to forgive one another. Thanks be to God!

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen