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

Christmas is coming!

December 19th, 2014

Dear Disciples of Jesus at American Lutheran,

Christmas is less than a week away. Is that terrifying? Are you feeling crazed and unprepared? Then you’ll want to be in worship this Sunday as the young people of our congregation remind us in their Christmas play, that the love of God does not depend on how we feel or what our circumstances are. We can be rich or poor, handsome or homely, talented or average, but God’s love is constant through moments of trial and moments of triumph.”

Join us on the 4th Sunday in Advent at 10am as we prepare our hearts to receive Jesus, the true gift of Christmas.

See you in church,

Pastor Gretchen