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,
Jewish author, theologian and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel reflects on the story of Jonah:
The wind is howling, the waves are roaring, the ship is about to break up into a thousand pieces; everybody is busy, everybody tries to help; some work, others pray; all efforts, all energies are being mobilized; everybody is trying to be useful except Jonah. What is his contribution to the collective rescue operation? Incredible, but true; In that hour of crisis and mortal danger, when the world is upside down, when creation is in turmoil, the prophet - who should, by definition, be more sensitive, more alert, more tense than the common mortal - is asleep!
For the church, the story of Jonah is a "kind" of Jesus story. As Jonah was, three days, in the belly of the great sea monster, so the Son of Man was, three days, in the heart of the earth. And Jonah's voyage of vanity, seeking to escape the path God had chosen for him, becomes akin to our Lenten journey, when we try to "re-right" the ship that is us. Asleep in the storm tossed ship, while others labor frantically, Jonah understands that God has determined the course.
The storms of life rage outside us and inside us, but in and by faith, we understand that God's work cannot be countered by either our work or lack thereof. God is in control. Prayer, almsgiving, contemplation, silence, meditation, good works - all these lovely gifts of Lent are the tools we need to empty ourselves of self, so that we may be filled with God. A life filled with God is a life that not only withstands the storms within and without but, prospers despite them.
May this Lenten journey, be for you and me, such a time... re-righting the ship and re-centering on God!
Holly's Organ Upgrade Wishlist
IT'S HERE! HOLLY'S ORGAN UPGRADE WISH LIST!
...next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. – Martin Luther
Holly’s Organ Upgrade Wish List Fundraising Campaign is underway! Between now and Reformation Day, October 31, 2017, we will raise $60,000 to upgrade Tree of Life’s organ.
If you have questions about the campaign, please contact Aimee Brough at
or 717-580-9226. Thank you for your gift!