One of the things
that I enjoy about my job is sharing God’s word with you in worship
each week. I find great joy in reading the texts appointed each week
and spending time thinking about how they apply to God’s people at All
Saints and in the communities which we interact, be it at school, work,
play or wherever.
times I find that I have much more to say than is really possible in
the midst of a worship service. A typical week finds me trying to
decide which idea of many I want to go with and how to best express
that idea. I find myself wanting to go in two directions and knowing I
can only go in one. So I make choices, knowing that Holy Spirit takes
that choice and uses it in ways I cannot begin to imagine.
might notice in the next few weeks we are getting readings from Paul’s
1st letter to the Corinthians—a fantastic letter written by Paul; one
of my favorites. This being the month of February, plus Valentine’s
Day, it’s easy to want to wander down the path of 1 Corinthians 13.
Many of you are very familiar with the 13th chapter of 1st Corinthians;
it is often referred to as the “love chapter.” You know the verse I’m talking about—“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
We love to use it at weddings, talking about how great love is. Don’t
get me wrong, love is fantastic and we need to strive to love one
another—but did you know that the people of Corinth, the people Paul is
writing to, didn’t get along? At all?! If
they did, it was begrudgingly at best. Paul goes to Corinth to show the
people who are constantly arguing with each other that there is a
better way to be in community together, to love one another, to
celebrate each other’s gifts, not to argue about who is right and who
is wrong, not to point fingers at each other for their faults, but to
love one another as God has loved us. We don’t deserve God’s love. We
have done nothing to earn God’s love and there is nothing we can do. As
broken sinful people we fall short of God’s grace. Thankfully it isn’t
up to us but it is up to God and God has claimed us and loves us just
as we are. “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
You may have noticed that I didn’t get an article written for the newsletter in January. Life
in the congregation was so very busy and before I knew it, the New Year
had snuck up on me (and most likely all of us) – and left me behind. So, I want to take this moment now, to let you all know how much I love each and every one of you with the love of Christ. Thank you so much for your cards and gifts – but even more so, the gift that you are to me each and every day. I also know first-hand what a gift you are in our community. We have been described as the biggest, little church in Delta county.
There are so many exciting things happening at All Saints and we have an exciting year in the make, on our horizon. Together,
we are called to share the good news to all people—and I am thankful
that I get the opportunity to do that with you. I look forward to a
great year together! God has amazing things in store for us! May you
continue to be a blessing to others as God has first blessed you.
Pr. Paul <><
Did you know? We
will begin Wednesday, Soup Supper and worship in March with our sisters
and brothers from Eckert Presbyterian Church and Cedaredge United
Methodist Church. Please look a little deeper into the newsletter for further information.