We gladly welcome you to our Christian family, trusting that if you are seeking Christ you will find Him here, if sorrowing you will receive comfort, if troubled you will rejoice in hope, if friendless find companionship and Christian love. We pray that these and other blessings will be yours as you join us in worship.

  • Service Times
  • 8:45 am – Sunday Adult Bible Study
  • 10:00 am – Sunday Family Worship Service – children are released for Sunday School prior to the sermon (Special Sundays, times may change)
    Holy Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays
  • Advent or Lenten Wednesday services – evenings, typically 7:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm – Wednesday Bible Study (see schedule, especially during holiday seasons)
  • Various Groups & Activities: BAB – “Build-A-Bag” Project (sewing sleeping bags for the homeless); LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League); ORCHARD, a neighborhood garden

Since 1960 humbly outreaching to tristate residents in: Delaware’s New Castle County, Maryland’s Cecil County and Southeastern Pennsylvania

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  1. Hello  Honorable Pastor.Greetings.
    I am a Muslim and interested in promoting awareness of commonality between the two great faiths of Christianity and Islam.Islam is the only non christian Abrahamic religion which respects and loves Jesus .Besides Christianity ,Its divine book is the only book that tells its followers to believe in miracles of Jesus including his virgin birth which even modern day Christians don’t believe. There is therefore a chapter named”Mary”chapter 19 in Quran to confirm and explain.  This in itself is a big proof that Quran was not writing of Muhammad otherwise he would have mentioned the name of his wife,or daughter or sister or mother.Quran(the last and final testament) has major prophets and stories mentioned in OT and NT .Moses is mentioned most i.e. 135 times,Jesus mentioned 25 times,Abraham mentioned 74 times and Jacob 18 times while prophet Muhammad (the last and final prophet)is mentioned 5 times.This confirms Islam to be religion of inclusion.Islam glorifies all previous prophets from same one God.Similarly Muhammad is mentioned over 20 times in OT and NT
    Nowadays in the small world there always can be someone who would ask you questions on Islam for school or due to interreligious marriage or you need authentic info from a renowned Islamic scholar for your interfaith dialogue so a short article written by an Australian Member Parliament is here:
    Big Lesson for Christians and Muslims:*Robin Scott Member of Parliament  in Victoria ,Australia ,shared this on his Facebook page:  
    *Jesus and Muslims are more alike than different*.*Muslims follow Jesus in actions and love him in their hearts**Please read that which I have discovered – Robin*
    1. Jesus taught that there is only One God and Only God should be worshipped as taught in Deut 6:4, Mark 12:29.Muslims also believe this as taught in the Qur’an verse 4:171.2. Jesus didn’t eat pork as taught in Leviticus 11:7, and neither do Muslims as taught in the Qur’an verse 6:145.3. Jesus greeted with the words “as salaamualaikum” (Peace be with you) in John 20:21. Muslims also greet each other this way.4. Jesus always said “God Willing” (inshallah), Muslims say this too before doing anything as taught in the Qur’an verses 18:23-24.5. Jesus washed his face, hands, and feet before praying. The Muslims do the same.6. Jesus and other prophets of the Bible offerd prayer with their head to the ground (see Matthew 26:39). Muslims do too as taught in the Qur’an verse 3:43.7. Jesus had  beard and wore a throbe. It is Sunnah for Muslim men to do the same.8. Jesus followed the law and believed in all the prophets, (see Matthew 5:17). Muslims do too as taught in the Qur’anverses 3:84, and 2:285.9. Jesus’ mother Maryam dressed modestly by fully covering her body and wearing a headscarf (hijab) as found in 1 Timothy 2:9, Genesis 24:64-65, and Corinthians 11:6. Muslim women modestly dress the same as taught in the Qur’an verse 33:59.10. Jesus and other prophets of the Bible fasting up to 40 days (see Exodus 34:28, Daniel 10:2-6, Kings 19:8, and Matthew 4:1- Muslims do so also during the month of Ramadan. Muslims are required to fast the full obligatory 30 days (see Qur’an 2:183), and others take it a step further by fasting an additional 6 days to increase their rewards.11. Jesus taught to say “Peace to this house” when entering it (see Luke 10:5), and to also greet the people in the house with “peace be unto you”. Muslims do exactly what Jesus did and taught. When we enter our homes and the homes of others we say “Bismillah” and also greet with “as salaamu alaikum” (peace be upon you) as taught in the Qur’an verse 24:61.12. Jesus was circumcised. Circumcision is 1 of the 5 fitrah in Islam, so Muslim men are required to be circumcised. According to the Bible in Luke 2:21, Jesus was eight days old when he was circumcised. In the Torah, Allah/God stated to the Prophet Abraham that it is an “Everlasting covenant” (see Genesis 17:13). In the Qur’an verse 16:123 Muslims are required to follow the religion of Abraham. The Prophet Muhammad said, “The Prophet Abraham circumcised himself when he was eighty years old.”13. Jesus spoke aramaic and called God ”Elah”, which is pronounced the same as “Allah”. Aramaic is an ancient, Biblical language. It is one of the Semitic languages that also include Hebrew, Arabic, Ethiopic and the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian language of Akkadian.The Aramaic”Elah” and the Arabic “Allah” are the same.The Aramaic “Elah” is derived from the Arabic “Allah”, and it means “GOD”. “Allah” in Arabic also means”GOD”, the Supreme GOD Almighty. You can easily see the similarity in their pronunciation so this concludes that the God of Jesus is also the God of the Muslims, of all mankind, and all that exist. *(Do share to promote religious understanding & peace in the world)*Other references about Islam:For Quran,which contains SAME original text in Arabic for all sects,all places and all times is same as Prophet Muhammad was revealed to,same in museum,same in book shelves world over and same memorized by millions world over.Only the Arabic text is called Quran,the translation is not.Every Muslim(regardless of what is his mother tongue) daily recites Arabic Quran in his prayers.Quran challenges its readers to analyze and prove it wrong,It even tells how to do it.”If it was from other than God then you would find contradictions in it”.For your convenience the link below has original Arabic text,English translation and explanation with background. Translation and explanation by world renowned Islamic scholar Syed Mawdudi.
    Biography of Prophet Muhammad,written by a christian American.
    https://www.icorlando.org/pdfs/muhammad_martin_Lings.pdf*********************************Towards understanding Islam ………a book by Syed Mawdudi in PDF format.Mawdudi was greatest Islamic scholar in 20th century.https://zulkiflihasan.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/towardsunderstanding.pdf
    Pastor of first Unitarian church in Denver speaks about Islam:Her site is peaceandunitybridge.org
    First Unitarian Society of Denver, “What I Love About Islam” Part 2For live questions  on Islam: please visit http://www.gainpeace.com(and we welcome all kind of questions without getting offended.First read the links above then ask the questions so you can understand the replies also.Thanks)

    1. Hello Syed

      I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your comment. We have been having trouble with our site. Yes, there are some common points between Islam and Christianity and they indeed can be a starting point for discussion. However there are also some strong differences. For example, in the New Testament we read:

      And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

      As I understand it, Islam does not baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

      In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:

      “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)

      The Gospel of Mark records (notice especially verse 19):

      14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:14-23)

      Saint Paul understood Jesus’ point and so wrote to the Colossians:

      16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17)

      As you indicated, Islam has dietary restrictions. Christianity does not.

      One of the big differences, I think, is that Christians believe Jesus is God in the flesh. So Jesus accepts the worship of Thomas when he calls Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). In the prologue of John’s Gospel (John 1:1-18) Jesus is identified as the Word of God, Creator, and God, as well as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. More passages could easily be cited. To my knowledge, Islam does not believe Jesus is God.

      Christians also believe that Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead. The events surrounding his death and resurrection receive more attention in the four Gospels than anything else. As far as I know, Islam does not accept this.

      So, while there are some common beliefs between Islam and Christianity, there are also some big differences. Those differences make them two very distinct faiths.

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