You are encouraged to use the opportunities below as a way of taking some time away from the anxiety of the world and focusing on your relationship with God. All are warmly welcomed!
Sunday Morning Worship Service 9:30 a.m.
We offer LIVE stream worship on YouTube and Facebook
In-person worship at Trinity following safety guidelines
Parking lot worship at Trinity on FM 87.9
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Weekly Bible Study
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Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.
Prayer and Communion
We encourage you to contact the parish office if you would like to schedule a time with Pastor Gary to visit at your home or for you to come to one of the churches for prayer and communion and Pastor Gary.
Dear Friends of the Milton Lutheran Parish,
What are you afraid of? If you are like me maybe you are a little freaked out by spiders. The things make me squeamish! Maybe your fears are more profound than that? Maybe you’re afraid of being along, death, or failure.
Fear is a natural emotion that we all experience throughout our lives. In the Gospel of Mark this week we hear the story of the disciples were got caught in a bought, in the middle of the water, in a storm. The wind starts to blow, the rain starts to come down, the waves pick up, and they are afraid for their lives. The whole time Jesus is in the front of the boat asleep after a busy day of ministry with God’s people. The disciples wake Jesus up and in their fear accuse Jesus of not caring about them. Finally, Jesus tells the wind to stop and it stops. After things calm down Jesus asks them why they were afraid. Their fear subsides and they suddenly realize just how silly it was for them to be afraid in the first place.
Fear is a natural part of our lives and its nothing to be ashamed of. After all, a healthy dose of fear can keep us safe. It causes us to do things like wear masks, put on a seatbelt, look after our children, make careful decisions, and so on.
Fear can also drive us to do irrational things. It can cause us to doubt. It can make us make choices that we wouldn’t otherwise make. Sometimes our fear can consume us that it casts out our faith and separates us from God. The good news of course is that in the midst of our fears God is there in the boat. Through our relationships, our time of prayer, when we worship we are able to look past our fears and be reminded of God’s love and presence in our lives.
My prayer for all of us this week is that we are experiencing profound fear that we take a moment and remember that God is with us in the scary times of our lives and that God will see us through this time.
This week I also wanted to take some time to share some updates with you. The first is that the Parish Council has decided, starting this Sunday June 20th, that wearing masks during worship will be optional for fully vaccinated people. Those that are still not vaccinated are required to wear their masks at all times while in the building. As we make this change in requirements I would ask that you prayerfully consider how either wearing a mask or not wearing a mask impacts those around you, especially those that are unable to be vaccinated. The decision is yours to make and we will not pass judgement on anyone based on their decision. As a Christian community we are encouraged and challenged to welcome all people, just as God calls us too.
The second item I wanted to share with you this week is about the community meal this past Sunday. Together with people from Bethany United Methodist, Saint Paul’s UCC and Bethel AME we served just over 100 meals to people our community. I want to say thank you to all of the volunteers who worked hard to put this meal together and I give thanks to God for the amazing opportunity to share food with people in our community.
As always, if there is anything that you need please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Gary Schaeffer, Pastor
Milton Lutheran Parish is a partnership of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milton, PA.
Formed in 2016, our ministry is centered in faith formation, parish community life, worship, and fellowship, and engagement in the greater Milton community. We warmly welcome everyone to our worship services, bible studies, fellowship and outreach opportunities.
Serving God through faith formation, worship, service, evangelism, and fellowship.
Our energy is ignited by being active and intentional in faith formation, worship, service, evangelism, and fellowship. Guided and directed by the Word and Spirit, we are empowered to be a transforming community for Jesus.
The Reverend Gary Schaeffer serves as Milton Lutheran Parish’s pastor and leads our online worship services, bible studies, spiritual practices, and prayer and communion each week. We are thankful for his leadership and creative worship experiences which have kept us spiritually strong and connected through the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the documents page for resources. All are welcome.
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