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Prayer to End Hunger

Posted by Joe Tobey on December 6, 2013
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A bit early for Lent, but worth the time…enjoy and learn!

Ash Wednesday and Lent in Two Minutes

Bill Mosser Memorial Service

Posted by Alice Mudge on April 16, 2013
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The Mosser family is planning a public Memorial Service for Bill on April 27 at 2:00 pm. here at Holy Spirit.  Memorial donations are being directed to The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit Memorial Fund.  Midge, Mary Jo, and David hope that the worship service will be a celebration of Bill’s life, ministry and faith.  I know that many of you join me in expressing our sadness and sense of loss over Bill’s death.

Letter to the Congregation

Posted by Joe Tobey on March 25, 2013
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Letter to Partners in Christ’s Ministry:

This has been a week of loss and tragedy for our Holy Spirit family.  This past Sunday, as many of you are aware, Bill Mosser died following a battle with cancer.  Bill, along with his wife, Midge, were charter members of the congregation and Bill was the first President of the congregation as well.  On that same day, Melissa and Montana Twining and David Jenkins were tragically killed in an apartment fire in Emmaus.  Melissa, Montana and David were active members of our congregation and were usually in attendance most Sunday mornings.  Many of you have called, written or emailed expressing your concern for the Mosser, Jenkins and Twining families.  I am writing to share with you information related to their respective Memorial service arrangements. The delay in making this information public occurred because of the delay in identifying the remains of the fire victims and the scheduling  involved with both Memorial Worship Services.

The Mosser family is planning a public Memorial Service for Bill on April 27 at 2:00 pm. here at Holy Spirit.  Memorial donations are being directed to The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit Memorial Fund.  Midge, Mary Jo, and David hope that the worship service will be a celebration of Bill’s life, ministry and faith.  I know that many of you join me in expressing our sadness and sense of loss over Bill’s death.

The Twining and Jenkins families are planning a joint Memorial Service to be held this Sunday, March 24, at 3:00 pm.  here at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit.  Memorial donations are being directed to the Twining/Jenkins Memorial Fund; the proceeds of which will be used to help the victims of this past week’s fire in Emmaus.  Any residual monies will be directed to the Rejoicing Spirits Ministry at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit.  Please know that every effort is being made to emotionally, spiritually and financially support Melissa’s, David’s and Montana’s families.  The funeral home, the congregation, the staff and a number of our members along with me have actively stepped forward to support the Twining and Jenkins families.

Finally, I ask you to offer your prayers in support of the Mossers, Twinings, Jenkins and Holy Spirit families.  We have all suffered loss this week, but thanks be to God that we are a community of faith centered on God’s promise of forgiveness, comfort and resurrected life in Jesus our Lord.  Thank you for your concern, prayers and support.  Please join us as we gather as a community to celebrate their lives.

In Christ’s name,

Pastor Elliott, Senior Pastor

Prayers after Sandy Hook

Posted by jelliott on December 17, 2012
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As we lift up the people of Newtown, CT and Chengping, Henan province, China, also remember the victims, and families whose lives have been forever changed by gun violence in every community across the United States of America and the world. 

As Jeremiah prophesied and Herod fulfilled, “a voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18

O God, our hope, as you heard the cries of Rachel for her children, hear our cries for the people of Newtown, Connecticut – especially the children, teachers, parents, community, and families and the people of Chengping, Henan province, China (who also experienced an elementary school attack this week). Receive into your loving arms those who lost their lives far too soon; console all parents and loved ones who are still numb with shock, disbelief and grief; strengthen and direct the counselors, educators, religious leaders and first responders who are helping the community grieve while processing their own loss. May your light brighten and overcome the darkness and evil of these days, as we look forward to the advent of your Kingdom of peace and justice here on earth and await the coming of the Prince of all Peace. Transform us into people of justice, love, and peace. Filled with justice and love, Come Lord Jesus, Come.

May our disbelief at this outrage to innocent, trusting children, working educators and loving parents, cause us to live more deeply in love with one another, strive for peace in all aspects of our lives together and seek justice in all forms of inequality and from senseless violence especially from weapons which kill. Be with all who live as witnesses and victims of violence. Call us together as a community, and as a nation, loving God, to work to end violence, to build a safer community, safer schools and places of worship for our children. Turn our mourning and wailing into action. Filled with justice and love, Come Lord Jesus, Come.

God our hope, in you light shines in the darkness and mourning turns to joy. Be with the community of Newtown, CT in this time of overwhelming sorrow. May your light surround them and all victims of violence. Assure them of your promised peace in the midst of suffering, remembering always that God’s promise is for this new heaven and new earth where justice and healing and love will have the last word. Filled with justice and love, Come Lord Jesus, Come.