To Glorify God | To Grow in Faith | To Give in Service | Together in Christ
Grace Lutheran Church, Hatfield, PA; Pastor Nancy M. Raabe

January 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Worship
  • Sunday School
  • Worship
  • Calvary Korean Church
  • Bread Drop
  • Stitchers
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Yoga
  • Team Annual Report info due
  • Cub Pack 510 Pack Meeting
  • Worship
  • Sunday School
  • Worship
  • Calvary Korean Church
  • Stepping Stones Comm. Meeting
  • (As Needed) Christian Connections
  • Bread Drop
  • Property Team Meeting
  • Worship and Music Team
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Yoga
  • Communication Team Mtg. (Zoom)
  • Parish News articles due
  • Worship
  • Sunday School
  • Worship
  • Calvary Korean Church
  • Office & Stepping Stones Closed
  • Bread Drop
  • Council Meeting in Person (Zoom Option)
  • Yoga CANCELLED for this week
  • Cub Pack 510 Committee Mtg.
  • Worship
  • Sunday School
  • Worship
  • Calvary Korean Church
  • Memorial Service for Betty Murray
  • Bread Drop
  • INReach
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Yoga
  • HEART, previously the New Team
  • Cub Pack 510 Pine Wood Derby SET UP
  • Cub Pack 510 PINEWOOD DERBY
  • Worship
  • Sunday School
  • Worship
  • Congregational Meeting
  • Calvary Korean Church

Current Newsletter: Jan2022 Parish News – website

Last Newsletter: Dec2021 Parish News – website

Previous Newsletter: Nov2021 Parish News – website


The Song Goes On

Singing together! Remember when we used to do this heartily, lustily, putting our entire bodies into the act as the Spirit would flow through us in soul-stirring praise of God? Remember how the risen Christ became vividly present among us through this very human act? How singing knit us together, all those in the room, in a way that was beyond human…

The Magi in Matthew 2 and the Birmingham Children’s Crusade of 1963: Models of Resistance

One of the most heartening stories in all scripture is that of the Magi and King Herod from Matthew 2:1-12, the appointed text for the Epiphany of Our Lord on January 6. On this day and the Sundays following, through Transfiguration, we celebrate the in-breaking of God’s light into the world in the person of Jesus Christ as a message of radical…

The Case for Weekly Communion

December 10, 2021 We are coming off what I consider to be a banner stretch in our worship life: Holy Communion on five of the last six Sundays. This was good exercise for what I’d like to see become our pattern of sharing the Lord’s Supper on a weekly basis. The custom at Grace for years had been communion twice a month,…

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,…

Warming Center

Over the years, the Hatfield area has been subject to numerous power outages.  These outages have grown more frequent, due in part to the numerous aging trees effected by the weather.  Power can be out for a few hours or in some instances a week. It can occur during the dead of winter, a hurricane or even during the summer when temperatures…