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“40”

Those of you who are baseball fans probably know the significance of the number 42.  It was the uniform number for Jackie Robinson, the first baseball player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier that segregated the sport for more than 50 years. To remember this event, each year, Major League Baseball has a date where every player wears the number 42, and not their own name and number on the back of their jersey.

There are numbers in Scripture that are equally powerful.  I think of the numbers 7, 10 and 12.  But the number that seems most prominent to me in Scripture is the number 40.  The Great Flood for Noah and his family that symbolized God’s judgment on a sinful people lasted 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12).  Moses endured a fast of 40 days and nights in his time with the Lord as he received the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:27-28).  Israel spent 40 years in the Wilderness in preparation for their entrance into the Promised Land, literally turning over the generation of those adults who left Egypt to a new generation(Joshua 5:6).

In the New Testament, Jesus went from his baptism to be led into the wilderness by the Spirit for a time of fasting and temptation by the devil for 40 days and forty nights (Matthew 4:1-3).  Finally in the Easter Season, we recall that there are 40 days between Easter Resurrection and the Ascension.

That is why I found it a wonderful opportunity to choose 40 as part of Grace’s new address, 40 North Main, Hatfield, as we attempted to better reflect the area where people arrive and leave the church.  We could have chose any number between 30 and 100, but I felt it had to be 40.

You see, 40 is a number that signals both Biblical journey and our journey in recent years as a congregation.  In the Bible, 40 designates a time of trial and testing.  God’s people with God at their side, move with a period of 40 from one faith chapter to another.  It can be a very hard time and we are never the same at the end of the 40 from the beginning of the 40.

Grace has known such a faithful journey from the devastating fire on December 31, 2011, to several pastoral transitions, a time for  considering where God was leading us for the future, and faithfully choosing to move forward– all with the help of God.  Grace has gone through a Biblical kind of 40 and today we are not the same as we were. I serve in the second year as the settled pastor of this wonderful congregation.  We are getting ready to break the ground for a new and renovated facility to for the sake of the Gospel for generations to come.  But there has been many trials.  There has been loss.  Some mourn the ending of what had been and regret we can not return to a former day.  Others are looking ahead with eager and faithful anticipation.

One of my favorite prayers is found in our worship book’s Evening Prayer service.  I believe it describes the people of Grace, Hatfield at this time.  I invite you to pray it with me.  O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Together in Ministry,

+ Pastor Dave Lutcher

 

 

Trunk or Treat

Come and join us on Saturday, October 28th starting at 1 pm to set up your decorated trunk in the Grace Parking Lot in preparation for providing a safe trick or treat experience for a parade of costumed community children.  Community Children are invited to come in costume for treats at 2pm and participate in a costume parade set to begin at 2:30 pm. The trunks will also be judged at that…

Fall Stitch-In

Come and join us for a day of stitching in which you can start a new project or tackle an unfinished project.  We will be sharing embroidery, Cross Stitch, Punch Needle, Crocheting, Knitting, Rug Hooking and likely other stitching crafts.  The event is October 21st from 10 am to 3 pm in the Grace Fellowship Hall and includes door prizes, raffles, snacks and lunch.…

North Penn CROP Walk

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 15th!! The North Penn 39th Annual CROP Walk will be held rain or shine. The walk begins and ends at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale. Won’t you join in the fun and walk so that others may have food on their tables!! The funds raised at area CROP Walks are given to Church World Service. CWS…

Almost Time for Rally Day

Sunday School will resume on September 17th at 9:15am. For our first class, the entire family is invited to come and learn the basics about Martin Luther and his significance in our Lutheran History. We can also let everyone know what the plans are for the rest of the Sunday School Year. See You Soon!

PATRIOTIC CONCERT AND SERVICE

An evening of Patriotic Music and Readings….a time to remember and recognize our Veterans The event will be held at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church  40 W. Main St. Hatfield    Pa 19440 Tuesday May 23rd 7:30pm A  free will offering will be taken, proceeds will benefit the Hatfield American Legion Post 933 “As we lead up to Memorial Day weekend we would…

Reflection on a Dedication

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, The Dedication of our New and Renewed Church Home was celebrated at Grace. It was a wonderful day and a culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice, and flexibility by our congregation.  I would like to share some of my feelings and perspectives from the day. First, we had a celebration that included many members of Grace…

Dedication Service

Our new sanctuary  dedication Service is this Sunday, February 26 at 2 pm.  This service of celebration and Thanksgiving will include Holy Communion. Bishop Claire Burkat will be our preacher and Mark Dimick will serve as our guest organist, with Ken Delmar as the director of our Community Choir and music coordinator. There will also be special music from a brass ensemble, our…

Grace’s Thanksgiving

On Reformation Sunday, October 30, 2016 Grace’s congregation was again able to worship on the church’s site in the new fellowship room after being out of the building over four months due to construction.  I wrote a litany to celebrate where we had been to that day, and I would like to share it in these days of Thanksgiving.  Please pray it as we…

Because of You” Stewardship Sermon- October 2, 2016 “Because of You” is our 2017 Stewardship Theme. Because of you– sounds almost accusatory. Maybe you have heard those words from your spouse, your child, your parent, or a co-worker. We often use them to put blame on others rather than hold ourselves responsible. Because of you, that project didn’t get done; Because of…