From the Pastor- May 2022

Greetings Friends in Christ!

I must tell you what a joy it has been to be with all of you. Our Holy Week celebrations grounded us in this most important time.  We leaned in close to hear these words and deeds of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem in triumph and exited this world on a cross. As we waited through Holy Saturday our youngest asked me. “Why do we call that day good?” 

“Why do you think we call that day good?” I replied. 

“Maybe because we found out just how much God loves us?” she stated with a hint of a question.

Humanity’s violence was absorbed on the cross that day. And we gathered together on Easter Sunday knowing that humanity’s sentence had been overturned. The joy of Easter was palpable in our gathering. Those tiny little mischievous bells rang out announcing our joy and our hope knowing that the cross is not the end of the story but the beginning of a rich and cosmic epic.

Today I am filled with hope. Though we are all weary and exhausted from this prolonged state of stress that we have all been through, there are signs that the stone is being rolled away from our slumber. Our pandemic brains are finding new purchase, and we are venturing out more and more. 

I am excited to learn more about all of you.  I want to hear about who you are and where you think God might be stirring in our midst.  I want to know about your everyday life and how God is showing up unexpectedly.  Call me your pastor but know that I think I also might be your midwife. Because something is stirring and new life is forming.

I want you to know that I am available to you. Though I wish I were at times, I am not a mind reader. Please reach out when you need support. Never say to yourself that the pastor is too busy for you.  I love when I am busy with the work of the kingdom.  To that end, I want you to know how you can reach me. I am almost always available by cell phone, email, or text.  I will be keeping regular office hours on Monday through Thursday from 9-12.  You will often find me at church beyond those hours but an appointment is recommended so that you don’t miss me if I’m out on a visit or at a meeting.

Pastor Gretchen
Cell:717.679.0264

Email: 3131Pastor@gmail.com

Summer Hymn Sings

The summer Hymn Sings will be held on Sunday, June 19th, July 17th and August 21st.  The Hymn Sings will take the place of the Prelude on those Sundays.  We will begin singing at 9:15 am.  Come prepared to request that we sing a verse or two of your favorite hymn.  Note: you many want to check the page number for your favorite hymn ahead of time.

Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday -April 14th at 7:00 pm:   This is the day when Christians remember the Last Supper.  At the close of the service the altar and the sanctuary will be stripped in preparation for Good Friday

Good Friday-April 15th at 7:00 pm: This is the day when Christians around the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection of Our Lord –April 17th at 9:30 am:  This is the day that we as Christians proclaim, “Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!”

The Semi Annual Meeting

On Sunday, May 15, 2022 we will hold our Semi-Annual Meeting of the Congregation following worship.

Agenda items include the elections of persons to the Congregation Council, and receiving a bulletin of reports.

Reports are due Monday, April 18. Please e-mail them to the church office. HolySpiritLuth@gmail.com