April 2017
From Pastor Paul

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we end the month of March, in worship, we heard the entire 9th Chapter of John as our Gospel reading.  Whether or not you were able to be at church, I would encourage you to take time to read it carefully as we enter into the final days of Lent in April.  It tells the amazing story of a blind man who was given sight by Jesus, and how the religious authorities refused to believe it, even though the man’s parents testified that he had been born blind and could now see. 

It is only one example of the many miracles Jesus did during his earthly life.  What is perhaps more amazing than the miracles themselves - is that so many people remained unconvinced.  Not just one, but several were given sight. Many demons were cast out. Thousands were fed with five loaves and two fish. Not just one, but several were raised from the dead.  In spite of all this, many remained unconvinced.  Many of the religious leaders would not believe.  Even John the Baptist had his doubts.  The disciples, Jesus’ closest friends, for the most part fled when he was arrested – only John was there to witness His Crucifixion. 

How is it possible to witness such amazing miracles as these, and not believe? And once believing, how could they not remain faithful?  Although they witnessed amazing things, people in Biblical times were just as broken and just sinful as we are.  They were just as likely as we are to let things like fear, insecurity, and fleshly desires of the heart keep that keep us from embracing what we know to be true – and live accordingly. 

The good news is that even though we may seldom see a miracle as spectacular as those reported in Scripture – Christ is still among us and still working miracles among us, forgiving our sins, bringing us to faith, in spite of our doubts and fears.  Jesus, the risen Christ, is present, this Sunday (as He is every day), within our congregation – come check it out! 

As we continue through the season of Lent, I invite you to continue thinking about the brokenness that exists in your life and how God’s love for you covers it. Please come join us in worship on our last two mid-week ecumenical Soup Supper services with Eckert Presbyterian Church and Cedaredge United Methodist Church, March 29th and April 5th – starting at 5:30 p.m. Then join us Sunday, April 9th for Palm Sunday with our annual Palm Sunday Breakfast before worship (look for the details in the newsletter).  April 13 for Maundy Thursday, April 14 for Good Friday with Eckert Presbyterian and Saturday, April 15 as we join St. Luke’s Episcopal church for the Easter Vigil.  It all comes together on April 16 for an Easter celebration with a community Son-rise service at 6:45 a.m. at Confluence Park and 10:00 a.m. at All Saints. Come and hear about how much God loves you and how the darkness in our lives is defeated once and for all with the light of Christ. May you have a blessed Lent and Easter season!

Servants together,
Pr. Paul <><