Notice Those Who Need Our Compassion

November 6th, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

We pay a lot of attention to people who are rich and famous and powerful—the mansions they live in, the clothes they wear and what they tweet or post on facebook. Yet we often avert our eyes to those who sit on sidewalks or stand at exit ramps asking for help.

When Jesus draws attention to a poor widow who put in her last cent at the Temple, he shows that God sees our struggles and hardships and cares about us. Likewise he invites us to notice and care for those around us—especially those who need our compassion—as we share the gift of God’s love with others.

See you in church,
Pastor Gretchen

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God’s Power Made Perfect in Weakness

August 21st, 2015

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

Our culture worships the powerful-usually meaning those who are rich, famous, or have political clout. Even in religious circles we hold up successful mega-churches as ” bigger is better,” or equate those who lead highly disciplined, ethical lives as more ” holy” with greater personal power.

But Paul turns our usual notions of power upside down when he says ” whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” We worship a God who doesn’t just use the mighty, the gifted, the morally virtuous. Our God uses flawed and imperfect people-like us-to do amazing things.

When we rely not on our own power, but on God’s power, we trust that God’s grace is sufficient, and God’s power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen