God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 

The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46

We live in uncertain and strange times. There is much to be concerned about and much to think about and prepare for.

The coronavirus is real and deadly. 

We as Christians do not minimize the real threats to to health and safety among us. We are commanded by God who created our bodies to "help and support our neighbor in every physical need" (Fifth Commandment, Small Catechism). . That means being aware of and taking seriously medical precautions and recommendations from health professionals and governmental authorities. Serving your neighbor, being loving to him and caring for his earthly life may well mean for you to stay home and to not interact with him. Whatever best serves your neighbor's physical life and health is what we are called to do.  I urge you to take seriously the medical recommendations from our state and national governments. Not only for your own sake but for the sake of your neighbor. This is the loving and Christian thing to do.
As Christians however we do not lose hope or despair. Psalms 46 says that God is our refuge an strength. There is no disease or threat that can separate us from the love of Christ. God is our fortress no matter what we face or what trials we must go through. No disease or outbreak can cancel God's love or his presence for us or his sacrifice on the cross for us for the forgiveness of our sins. I urge you to read the Scriptures, say the Apostles Creed and pray the Lords Prayer and pray continually to the Lord for his presence and peace and healing for all of us. 

We place our faith in Christ and in our loving God and we go forward with trust and confidence. 

Pastor Alms

Welcome to the Pastor's Page . .

Pastor Gregory Alms was born in Houston, Texas and lived in various places growing up: San Francisco, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Akron, Ohio. He attended Concordia University in Chicago and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. He has earned a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Sacred Theology degrees. Pastor Alms has served at Redeemer since 1996 and is thankful for the community of saints in this place. He is married to his wonderful wife, Suzanne, who is a Lutheran school teacher and they have been blessed with four amazing daughters and a beautiful granddaughter. He enjoys reading and writing but not arithmetic.