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Weekly thoughts and updates from Hanover's pastor.

April 12, 2012

Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and one soul...but everything they owned was held in common.
Acts 4:32
 
Dear Hanover Saints,
The Psalmist writes: How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! (133:1).  Those in the Resurrection's first generation also realized the pleasantry and the power of unity.  They learned that the common good is achieved when hearts and souls unite in purpose.  

The balance of individual possession and ownership with the common good rests on the fulcrum of unity. 

The Easter season is the continued celebration of the triumph of the common good: the promised salvation for all.  Sealed in the empty tomb, the grace of God is the perfect balance of the individual with the common good: it is offered all for one and one for all. 

Just as unity is the source of pleasure, however, so disunity is the source of pain.  Next Thursday the sixteenth state-sanctioned killing since 1974 is scheduled to take place in Smyrna.  Shannon Johnson is scheduled to receive a series of injections that will end his life.  We live in a state where the death penalty continues to sacrifice individual lives in the misguided notion that it serves the common good.  Capital punishment represents not the union - but the separation - of heart and soul. 

Throughout the day on Thursday there will be gatherings to protest and pray: click here for specific information about events, times, and locations.  At the same time, a disturbing study on racial disparities in the administration of the death penalty in Delaware has just been released.  Read it here...

As we gather on Sunday let us rejoice in the good news of God's love for all of God's children.  In that same hour let us desperately and faithfully seek unity in heart and soul, and may it lead us to the common good. 

Peace,
Andy
pastor@hanoverchurch.org

Words for Worship


Click here to read the passages we will hear in worship, and then come at 8:45 on Sunday to share what you think!
Psalm 133
Acts 4:32-35

Words To Pray & Ponder


If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
Henry Miller

Second Sunday of Easter
April 15

Continental Breakfast
8:00
Bible Study
8:45
Worship
10:00

The Annual Deacons' Luncheon
  Immediately After Worship

Women's Bible Study
Thursday, April 19
10:00am
Our conversation with sisters and brothers from various faith traditions continues next Wednesday with another round of Theology on Tap.  We will gather at 7:30pm at Kelly's Logan House in Trolley Square and share in fellowship and ideas; in food and drink.  All are welcome, and bring a friend!
Next Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day.  In worship we will celebrate our relationship with all of creation, and our interdependence with all that God has made.  It will also be the first Sunday in our Easter season theme: The Stewardship of Creation. 
The Harriers are getting ready!  On Sunday, May 13 eleven Hanover Saints will lace up and pound the streets of Wilmington to raise funds for the ministry and mission of the church.  A team of three people will each run 6.6 miles; a team of eight will each run 3.3 miles.  Each of the runners has a sponsor form, and there is one in the church office. 

Each Sunday up to Pentecost we will be challenged to examine and enhance our greenness and reduce our carbon footprints.  The Adult Discipleship group will watch and discuss "Renewal", a powerful series on the role of faith communities in being prophetic about the environment.
This Sunday we will experience the warmth and hospitality of our deacons at the annual Deacons' Luncheon.  The fellowship and festivities start immediately after worship and all are invited.  We will celebrate the ties that bind, the compassionate work of our deacons, and those who have reached the fifty year landmark of membership at Hanover, this year honoring Mary Frances Haynes.
It's little red wagon Sunday!  Each third Sunday of the month the little red wagon trucks around the sanctuary during the offering, hungry for food donations.  Please give as you are able, knowing every can is a blessing. 
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