Pastor’s Message – week of October 11 – 17, 2020

Dear People of Grace,             See you in Church this Sunday!  Yes, worship resumes in the Sanctuary.  One service October 18th @ 10am!  The doors will be open, and in-house worship is “on” again...
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Dear People of Grace

Dear People of Grace, Staying safe – while we live in, with and through the pandemic around us – calls for knowledge and respect.  Knowledge of the virus and respect for its serious & lethal nature. Living with restraint, make th...
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Bits ‘n Pieces

In lieu of a cohesive message this week (how can it be that in these days of online/remote “everything”, it takes longer to accomplish anything!?) here are some random bits & pieces. This weekend is Rally Weekend.  That’s right, “weekend”. Saturday  –  10AM at...
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Live Music in Sunday Services

Hello Members and Friends of Grace Lutheran Tampa! We have offered a live-streamed Sunday morning service at Grace since June 7th, and the participation and response has been outstanding! We have people coming to the sanctuary at 10:00 worshiping in person, and people staying in...
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Blessed Are the Mask-Wearers

I think it’s time to add another Beatitude to the list: “Blessed are the poor…Blessed are the meek…Blessed are the pure in heart…Blessed are the peacemakers.” My addition is:   “Blessed are the mask-wearers”!Blessed are YOU especially for wearing YOUR mask and...
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Thank You!

My Pastor’s Message this week is simply  “Thank You”! Wow!  Wow!!  Wow!!!  What a day last Sunday was, and WHAT a surprise!!  You all sure know how to do a ‘work around’ on the Pastor! (All the more reason for me to stay on your collective ‘good side’.)    I so much...
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Planning for Change

How does one make plans? …when everything just might change…and there’s a good chance that things probably WILL change?  “Flexibility” – “Adaptability” – “Resilience” are words that come to mind.  Make the plans…Set the schedule…Lay out the calendar…and then be...
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A Message from Pastor John

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always...
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Farewell to Nadine!

As time moves on, does patience wear thin??Two thoughts for the week – “Food for Thought” from a favorite poet, Dom Heldera Camara. A note about this Sunday, July 26. We will be honoring Nadine Anderson with a recognition of her retirement.  Nadine’s retirement letter...
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Keeping in Touch — A Message from Pastor

There’s something about the phrase “Social Distance” that I don’t like.‘Physical Distance’ yes! For health & safety. ‘Socially’? It’s what we’re made of, and made for – relationship! So…even while we’re not able to ‘socialize’ and kibbutz over coffee, or socialize at ‘Hand ‘n...
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