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Easter 2022

Lord, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.

For the first time since 2019 we celebrated Easter in the nave with the joyous sounds of choir, brass quartet and congregational singing. One of the most moving moments was singing the Hymn of Praise, This is the Feast of Victory for our God. Alleluia!

We were joined together in-person and through live-stream to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, through which he has shared with us life forever.

 Easter Day begins 50 days of celebration; a season of joy. As we watch new life bloom in nature, in the Easter season we are invited to be open to God working in the world and in our lives to bring new life, hope, and love. Even in a time of war, natural disasters, personal difficulties and losses, we are invited to trust God’s Spirit is moving among us. Where in the world and in our lives do we see God’s healing work? Where is there light even in the midst of darkness? Where is love in the midst of hatred? Forgiveness in the midst of painful experiences? Reconciliation where it seems impossible? New life blooming in places and situations where it seems hope is lost? Goodness found where it is not expected? In what ways is God moving in our own hearts to help us grow in love and compassion for others?

 Let us continue to gather in a variety of ways to remind each other of the hope we have in Christ, in the company of brothers and sisters in Christ, in the waters of the font and in the holy meal, in the study of Scripture, and together, serving the needs of others.

                                                 Pastor Martha Miller Sims, Easter 2022



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The Rev. Martha Miller Sims, M.Div., has served as pastor of Grace since July 2002 and Senior Pastor since 2013. She is an alumna of the University of Arizona having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 1988 and a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina in 1994. Pastor Sims was ordained in 1994 and first served the Gravel Spring/St. John Lutheran Parish in Frederick County, Virginia. In 1998, she was called to serve two half-time positions as Campus Pastor at James Madison University and as Associate Pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Prior to seminary, she served as Minister to Youth and Young Adults at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church in Tucson, Arizona. She received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Sursum Corda in 2009 and training as a coach for congregations and clergy in the Virginia Synod. She also serves as Dean of the Northern Valley Conference of the Virginia Synod. Her husband, The Rev. George L. Sims, is a retired pastor of the ELCA.

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