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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Sunday, November 18th

Thanksgiving Feast & Worship

Dinner 5:15 Worship 6:30 pm


Saturday, December 1st

Bethlehem Star Lighting

6:30 PM Dinner

 7:00 PM Star Lighting

Sunday, December 2nd

Deacon Consecration

One service at 10:00 am

Bishop Tim Smith preaching


Sunday, December 9th

Mt. Pisgah Choir Cantata

8:00 and 10:30 am 


Sunday, December 9th

LRU Candlelight Concert 

7:00-8:30 pm


Sunday, December 16th

Children's Christmas Program 

8:00 and 10:30 am


Monday, December 24th

Christmas Eve Worship

5:00 and 7:00 pm


























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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