Grace and Peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ!
Welcome to Tree of Life Lutheran Church, located in suburban Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. We are a congregation of over 900 baptized members, diverse in our membership and welcoming in our ministry. If you don't know us, please browse around to learn who we are and what we believe. And if you are seeking a family of faith, we hope you'll visit us in person. We are rooted in faith and growing in love. We'd love to have you as a part of our faith family!
Pastors Message for March
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!
Just a couple weeks ago, Betsey, my dad and me spent a few hours together over lunch and shared memories of my mother's death. She died in February 1991, so this is the 25th anniversary of her death. She was 58 when she died. I just turned 58 in October. What seems pretty stunning to me is that I have been without my mom for nearly half my life, being only 33 years old when she died. And while, on the one hand, there's nothing magic about a 25th anniversary, it seems to represent a significant passage of time. As we looked at photos of my mom throughout her life, wonderful feelings, both melancholy and hopeful, seemed to be wrapped up in the same package. Here is life as it is, both melancholy and hopeful, punctuated by times of sadness and loss, but also times of joy and gain.
In a few weeks, the church will gather for its most sacred time - Holy Week. While it is a busy week, I love the rhythm of our celebration - corporate confession with individual absolution on Wednesday, Lord's Supper on Thursday, adoration of the cross on Friday, concluding with all the mystery of kindled candles, ancient proclamations, baptisms and the first communion of Easter on Holy Saturday. If you've never given the full cycle of services a whirl, maybe this is the year? For me, the week is both melancholy and hopeful - watching the altar stripped, on the one hand; holding a baby during a baptism, on the other. Here is life. As we journey toward the final leg of the cross, may you be blessed by such times and where the promise of Christ deepens your faith and points you to what is yet to come.