“The future frightens us. But the Promise comforts us. Blessed are those who are called to it.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Germany, 1932.
Pastor Brian Evans writes, “In light of the terror the Jewish community and all of us in Pittsburgh faced on Saturday, it was clear the sermon I had originally prepared for Sunday was not going to work; the rising hate against minorities in our country had hit home. As a student of Bonhoeffer’s writings, I sought to find how he had proclaimed the Word of God on such a day and and in such a climate. Translated and published only last year, his 1932 Reformation Sunday sermon is haunting and speaks boldly to the fear and hatred we face today. Through these words of his I have shared, may God’s Promise in Christ be our comfort. May the Holy Spirit enkindle our love for God and all our neighbors.”
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On January 31, 2016, the congregation of First Lutheran Church began the important work of preserving our nearly 130-year-old church building through the five-year, $1.5 million capital campaign, Reverence My Sanctuary. Together in love, we embark on this journey to tend to the physical needs of our sanctuary.
Our 180-year history as a congregation reflects a welcoming community of faith that proclaims the Good News of Jesus in word and deed. We look forward to the preservation of this holy house, and the creation of new and innovative spaces within it, that will enable us to expand our ministry to the city for many years to come.
Please take a few minutes to review our plans and consider how you can help. And check back often for project updates.