February 2020
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 love.Ē 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 is love.Ē 

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 letter.

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.

 p.s.s. - 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