From the Pastor
Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
One of the things that I enjoy about my job is sharing Godís 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 Godís people at All
Saints and in the communities in which we interact, be it at school, work,
play or wherever.
Often 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 the Holy Spirit takes that choice and
uses it in ways I cannot begin to imagine.
You might notice in the next few weeks we are getting readings from Paulís
1st letter to the Corinthiansóa fantastic letter written by Paul.
It is one of my favorites. This being the month of February, plus
Valentineís Day, itís 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 ďlove chapter.Ē You know
the verse Iím talking aboutóďAnd
now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is
We love to use it at weddings, talking about how great love is. Donít get me
wrong, love is fantastic and we need to strive to love one anotheróbut did
you know that the people of Corinth, the people Paul is writing to, didnít
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 otherís gifts. It is 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 donít deserve Godís love.
We have done nothing to earn Godís love and there is nothing we can
do to earn that love. As broken sinful people, we fall short of Godís grace.
Thankfully it is not up to us, but it is up to God.
God has claimed us and loves us just as we are.
ďAnd now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these
Two quick additional notes if I may - Life in the congregation (especially
during the Christmas season) is so very busy and before I knew it, the New
Year had snuck up on me. 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 Ė but even more so, the
gift that you are to both Jesse and me each and every day.
I am, we are, so very grateful for the gift that each and every one
of you are in our lives. The
second note is Ė please consider joining us for Bible Study on Sunday
mornings. On February 2, we will
begin a study of Lutherís second favorite book, Galatians.
(The Gospels were first and foremost for Luther.
Then he loved the book of Romans.) We will look at why Luther was so
passionate about Galatians. We will look at the historical context of this
There are so many exciting things happening at All Saints and we have an
exciting year in the making.
Together we are called to share the good news to all people.
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.
Shalom, Pr. Paul <><
p.s. Did you know?
Who doesn't love food? Whether it's roasted lamb served in a hurry, bread
that falls from heaven like snowflakes, or Jesus himself in bread and wine,
God sure does invite God's people to some strange feasts! Yet other times
God's people are told not to eat at all--what do the Ninevites have to do
with the Sermon on the Mount? And, by the way, who's invited to the feast?
Gentiles? Tax Collectors? Sinners?! We better hope so! Join us at the table
this Lent as we journey through stories of fasting and feasting! Beginning
with Ash Wednesday services on February 26 and then continuing
each Wednesday as we gather around the table with Eckert Presbyterian and
Cedaredge Methodist. Watch your
newsletter and bulletin for details.
- Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???
ďMy heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and
refreshed by music when sick and weary.Ē