Creations Art Show member and exhibitor, Mark Hill.
You work every day to serve and love your neighbors, making your community a better place. On Sunday, September 8th we did so together as one body, using our hands to do God's work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it."
Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm in the Lorenz Chapel.
All are welcome.
Our Worship Matters Series begins next week! This five-session introductory course has been developed to help participants grow into a richer understanding of the foundations of Lutheran worship. With a focus on the principle gathering around word and sacrament, this course explores the foundational questions of why we gather, how we encounter God in worship, and how that encounter shapes our response in both our communities and our world. Topics include the Church Year, the Lectionary, Holy Baptism, Holy Communion, Corporate Prayer, Worship and Culture, and more.
The same lesson will be held twice a week, beginning with the Thursday meeting. Feel free to come to either session and alternate between groups!
Thursdays at 6:30PM: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Sundays at 5:00PM: April 21, 28, May 5, 19
There will be no meeting on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12.
The Sunday group will have its fourth session on Saturday, May 11, at 5:00PM.
Sessions will be held either in the Sanctuary/Lorenz Chapel at church or in participant homes. If you would be interested in hosting a session in your home, please contact Jennifer Doerr.
Potluck food and drinks will be offered. Please look for the sign-up sheets in the sanctuary.
Share a meal of soup, bread, and salad with OSA's Lenten group study fellowship and experience stories of modern saints in this contemplative and inspiring 5-week series.
OSA Parsonage (north entrance)
Thursdays, February 21 – March 18 6:30PM
Sundays, February 24 – March 24 5:00PM
To join a group, sign up after Sunday Service or contact the office for more information.
Week 1: Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Bonhoeffer
Thursday, February 21 @ 6:30PM
Sunday, February 24 @ 5PM
This poignant documentary traces the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was one of the first to speak up against Adolph Hitler throughout Hitler's rise to power. Bonhoeffer organized the Confessing Church, the only structured revolt against Hitler, and turned to his roots as a devout Christian for the strength to take a political stand for Jews everywhere.
OSA's Sunday School, with the help of family and friends, has raised $600 to purchase farm animals, seeds, and fish through the ELCA's Good Gifts catalog!
Congratulations and thank you to all!
Dear People of God
I keep trying to put some words of wisdom on paper, but my thoughts are all jumbled. Coming back to NYC from a lovely cruise to Bermuda, my wife and I (along with millions in the tri-state area and beyond) had our lives turned upside down with SuperStorm Sandy. We’re more fortunate than most of our neighbors as we never lost electricity. Even now as I’m writing I hear Mayor Blumberg providing another update on recovery/repair operations: Alleluia! It seems as subways are returning on a limited basis. Nature’s power has jumbled our life and it will take a long time (much like with the 2008-9 Great Recession) to put the pieces back together. Nevertheless, as we sang on Reformation Sunday, we have the eternal Word:
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains shake in the depths of the sea;
though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
Then the coming election adds to my jumbled thoughts. Although we’re spared endless ads in this “non-battle ground” city we know this is an important election. There is a cultural tension between communal support and individual initiative. Sadly it seems our choice this time is between the two when it should be a celebration of both. Our lives need creative, energetic individuals providing solutions to our problems and goals for our nation. And we need to work together to implement them. We must have both private and public sectors.
On November 1 we remember the saints of the church. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. Many saints are individuals whose lives are an example for being God’s Hands doing God’s Work. And many saints gathered others into communities to have an immense impact for good and holy life in God’s creation. We memorialize both private and public saints
As we are pulled forward by our God into the work set for us may we celebrate the gifts each of us have been given and exercise them for the well-being of God’s creation. Some of us are gifted to lead, motivate or guide others in our communal journey. Some of us are gifted with skills that sustain our community in worship and service: we sing, we bake bread for our Lord’s Meal, we tend the garden that brings delight to our neighbors, we visit the sick. Growing as a disciple of our Lord – being pulled forward by God – means we give away our gifts so others experience the joy of receiving.
In November our Lord’s disciples gathered around his Word and Meal at Our Saviour’s Atonement are invited to fill out and return to church a Commitment Card indicating their support of his ministry through OSA in the year ahead. During this time of pastoral transition your financial support is vitally important. Please consider growing your giving by one percent of your income. Gathering each disciple’s gifts into communal ministry will enable OSA to provide a strong foundation for new ministry with your next pastor.
Sovereign of the universe, your first covenant of mercy was with every living creature. When your beloved Son came among us, the waters of the river welcomed him, the heavens opened to greet his arrival, the animals of the wilderness drew near as his companions. With all the world's people, may we who are washed into new life through baptism seek the way of your new creation, the way of justice and care, mercy and peace, being your hands doing your work; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (ELW)
In the Name of our Lord
Pr. Bill Eggers, Coverage Pastor
The Swell Division of the organ at OSA is nearing completion. This is the section which occupies the chamber upstairs to the left of the altar, more or less unseen from the sanctuary. (The original OSA organ was entirely located in this space.) Its expressive capacity is augmented by a series of shades, which the organist controls from the console. Opening or closing these makes possible a dramatic range of dynamics from soft to loud. Inside the chamber are two brand new windchests, one above the other, which support a large variety of colorful sounding pipes (770 to be exact) and rise to a total of about 25 feet. Some are made from wood, and some from metal, and come from different sources, including the original Moller Organ of 1929.
Each pipe has been meticulously worked on in the shop of Lawrence Trupiano in order to speak as well as possible and also blend with all of the pipework as a whole. In addition, all of the wiring required between the playing console downstairs and the new chests upstairs is new, as is the solid state relay which (with a little help from the organist) makes the right notes play at the right time. More joyful noise is coming soon to OSA!
Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA)
178 Bennett Avenue,
New York, NY 10040
one block west of Broadway
at 189th Street
We are within walking distance of both the 1 and A trains as well as the M4, M100, and Bx7 bus lines.