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Grace Lutheran Church, Hatfield, PA; Pastor Nancy M. Raabe

Pastor’s Blog

Teach Us to Number Our Days

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom,” we recently sang in church (Psalm 90). This brought to mind the final sermon given by my favorite seminary professor, Rev. Dr. Walter R. Bouman. It was May, 2005. Walt had been diagnosed the previous month with late-stage colon cancer. We knew things were off when, the…

God’s Heart of Hesed

Who is God? What is God? While we can never see God’s face, the Hebrew scriptures give us a word that describes an essential part of God’s character. That word is hesed (pronounced with a guttural sound at the beginning), which has been called the most important word in the Bible.   Hesed appears about 250 times in the Old Testament, half…

Pastoral Reflections

The Peace of Christ “The peace of Christ be with you all.” “And also with you.” We share this greeting in a dialogue every week in worship. What always comes to mind as I hear your response is: “Thank you! I really needed that!” The Greeting of the Peace, as we call it, is a sacred exchange. In our worship it is…

Confirmation – a safe place to be

Parents of middle-school age children, I have a question: Where are theyt? I don’t mean where are they physically. What I am asking is, where your children are emotionally and spiritually? A recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer reminded me of how affected our young people continue to be by the stresses of the pandemic. The authors, both mental health professionals, write,…