Mt. Pisgah

Lutheran Church

9379 Hwy 127 North

Hickory, NC  28601

(Bethlehem Community)

Phone:  828-495-8251

Fax:  828-495-8252

Worship:  8:00 and 10:30 AM

(Nursery provided)

Sunday School:  9:15 AM

(For all ages)

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Worship  8 & 10 :30 AM

Nursery provided

Light breakfast 9:00 AM

The Story Program 9:15 AM

for all ages





Prayer Group  7:00-7:30 AM

Bible Study  8:30-9:30 AM

 Dinner  5:30-6:20 PM

Bible Study  6:15-7:30 PM

Confirmation & KIC  6:20-7:30 PM

Adult Choir  7:00-8:00 PM


































Devotion for the Week of June 13th 

Since we have just begun the season of Pentecost let's continue our theme of the Holy Spirit.  Hope you will have a blessed week:

The Holy Spirit warms the cold and brings the distant close.  Recently I ran across a parable that makes that point: 

Once upon a time there was a piece of iron, which was very strong and very hard.  Many attempts had been made to break it, but all had failed.

“I'll master it,” said the axe.....and his blows fell heavily upon the piece of iron, but every blow only made the axe's edge more blunt, until it finally ceased to strike and gave up in frustration.

“Leave it to me,” said the saw....and it worked back and forth on the iron's surface until its jagged teeth were all worn and broken.  Then in despair, the saw quit trying and fell to the side.

“Ah!” said the hammer, “I knew you two wouldn't succeed.  I'll show you how to do this!”  But at the first fierce blow, off flew its head and the piece of iron remained just as before, proud and hard and unchanged.

“Shall I try?” asked the small soft flame.  “Forget it,” everyone else said.  “What can you do? You're too small and you have no strength.”  But the small soft flame curled around the piece of iron, embraced it....and never left it's side until it melted under its warm irresistible influence.

God's way is not our way of harsh coercion and force but of soft warmth and love. 

“Come Holy Spirit melt our hearts anew under the irresistible warmth of your gracious love.” In Jesus name we pray

John 17


Devotions for the week of June 6-12

This Sunday we celebrate the special day of Pentecost.  It was an amazing day when the Holy Spirit came to those first Christians.  It touched their lives and made them speak in languages unfamiliar to them but understandable to those around.  It was a memorable and potentially life changing day for all involved.

I have always wondered about the day after Pentecost.  After the wind died down and the flames of fire ceased; surely not everyone’s life was changed by the event. There were probably some who went on as business as usual even in the aftermath of such an extraordinary event.

It is an interesting thing about the Holy Spirit that it is often referred to as the “Silent Partner ” of the Trinity.  The dramatic action on Pentecost was an uncharacteristic display of power; namely to mark a new beginning –The Birthday of the Church. As Jesus said usually the Spirit is, like the Wind that you cannot see but can only notice the effects of its presence.

The Spirit is most often behind the scenes, as the marvelous hymn “Spirit of Gentleness” alludes.  The Spirit blows through our lives filling us with a restlessness and a void that only God can satisfy and fill. The Spirit does not force Itself on us anymore than the Father or Son do, they simply try to win us over by their love and grace.

Every encounter of our Lord is marked by this gentle loving Spirit at work.  He gives total freedom of acceptance or denial to the individuals involved, whether it is Nicodemus or the rich young ruler. Without exception there is not one encounter in which Jesus does not invite change but it is not always well received. You cannot make one love you or graciously accept a gift.  The Jewish Talmud puts it this way:  the Spirit of God gently surrounds a hardened heart so that when it cracks there is room for the Spirit to seep in.


Take my hard heart and soften it by your Spirit.  Make me always open to your Spirit of gentleness and love.  Fill me up with Yourself so that I may be an overflowing vessel spilling grace and love to all those around me. Amen

The Cost of Freedom

God has made it a rule for Himself that He won’t alter people’s character by force. He can and will alter them—but only if the people will let Him.  In that way He has really and truly limited His power. Sometimes we wonder why He has done so, or even wish that He hadn’t.  But apparently He thinks it worth doing.  He would rather have a world of free beings, with all its risks, than a world of people who did right like machines because they couldn’t do anything else.  The more we succeed in imagining what a world of perfect automatic beings would be like, the more, I think, we shall see His wisdom,

C.S. Lewis -from “The trouble with “X,” “God in the Dock”

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