“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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The Power of God

September 11th, 2015

Dear disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

It’s a familiar calling we’ve heard before: to take up our cross and follow Jesus. Familiar, yet hard to do. It means that nothing can stand in the way of loving God and loving others–even if it means suffering and painBecause even our suffering can be transformed by the power of God, who brings hope from despair and life out of death.

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor Gretchen

Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

This Sunday on Mother’s Day we remember the mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers and all who have mothered us with life, comfort, support and guidance; giving thanks for those people who have been God’s parenting hands for us on earth.

Most of all we give thanks for the unconditional divine love God reveals to us through Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for us so that we may love one another.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen