Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The season of autumn fast approaches and with it, the natural world transforms its beauty into magnificent colors of red, orange, brown and gold. What once was a plethora of shades of greens and blues, now slowly turn into colors often resembling the warm, comforting colors of a favorite quilt. God’s creative and transforming work is on display for all creation to enjoy, experience and embrace.
Autumn is also a time for transformation from the busy days of summer labors and sun-drenched days of fun and play towards more scheduled, balanced days of school, work, play and worship. This transformation of seasons offers us a time to slow just a bit and focus on our own faith and spiritual growth. As we become more intentional about attending Sunday worship or reading our Bibles, perhaps we could take some time to become more intentional in contemplating our own transformation into a deeper, richer relationship with the Almighty Triune God. Autumn is a time in which new seeds begin to rest in anticipation of the spring to come. This new life, well rooted, rests through the winter months, to ultimately reach for the spring sun of warmth and light. A time of new understanding, courage, compassion, mission, leadership, rootedness and splendid new colors of growth are both possible and a blessing to be received from God, through Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.
How might you be transformed through these coming months? Something I would encourage you to consider is the words of Confession many of us will speak in the coming months. As you read them, consider what such a transformation might mean for your life of faith, the lives of those around you and for ASLC.
"We confess the many ways we have failed to live as your disciples. We have not finished what we began. We have feasted with friends but ignored strangers. We have been captivated by our possessions. Lift our burdens, gracious God. Refresh our hearts and forgive our sin. Raise us to the new life you have chosen for us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.” From Sundays and Seasons c. 2019 Augsburg Fortress
Are you willing to let God transform your life as it looks today? Change is not easy, and as I well know from personal experience, not at all comfortable. But, it is so worth the journey with the process producing strong roots and beautiful bounty. May God bless your autumnal transformational journey! Peace be with you, brothers and sisters.
Pr. Paul <><
p.s. Did you know? We are moving into our season of stewardship here at ASLC. It is a time that we pray, reflect and consider our living and giving from the abundance that God provides. How are you called in the ministry of All Saints?
p.s.s. - Did you know that Luther said. . . . ??? "The Bible is a remarkable fountain: the more one draws and drinks of it, the more it stimulates thirst.”
Interested in joining All Saints?? Pastor Paul is planning new member orientation in September. Five people have already committed. Prayerfully consider being a member of All Saints! Let Pastor know if you would like to join us!