From the Pastor
Philippians 1:3-5, 27
thank my God every time I remember you,
praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you,
of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.
live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether
I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are
standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the
faith of the gospel.
Last summer, I had someone come up to me after worship and apologize for
being gone so much in the summer. I looked at them and said, “You love going
camping, don’t you?” “Of course” was the reply. “Then I don’t know why you
have to feel guilty about being gone. I’m thankful that you came back.”
We’ve come to that time of year when normally attendance in church declines.
This isn’t unique for All Saints; it happens almost everywhere to
almost every church. It is time
for vacations, outdoor projects, catching up with family and friends,
spending time “up north or down south” and the many other activities that
come with summer. I hope they will be life giving and enjoyable for you.
I am curious now how things will change this summer.
We have been forced to stay away and worship from our homes via the
internet. Now, while I am so
grateful for the opportunity to gather virtually, I am wondering if this
year might be different.
Perhaps we have been absent so long that we are longing to gather together.
Perhaps this summer All Saints becomes our summer retreat.
This summer, All Saints will have a great, one-time opportunity to
reconnect, and find out what has been happening in the lives of our brothers
and sisters in Christ. We will
have to take things one step at a time.
It will start with our first worship experience together (hopefully
sometime in June) which means that we will have to welcome a new way of
preparing to gather, participating in worship itself and how we re-enter
into God’s mission for the world.
We will be including some of what to expect in this month’s
newsletter or in a separate email or snail mail.
I encourage you to join us for worship this summer when your schedule allows
and know that whether you are here or whether you are absent, I am praying
for you and thanking God for your presence in my life.
Each and every time that I pray, I give God thanks for you. Yes, for
you. Yes, even you. Without your presence among us, All Saints wouldn’t be
the place that so many have come to love and cherish.
Always know that All Saints exists for you and we are glad that you are a
part of our cloud of witnesses. Finally, I encourage you to stay
“in-the-know” through the newsletter.
I look forward to seeing you in church or in a Zoom room.
+ Pr. Paul +
p.s. Did you know??
We will continue to hold Sunday via
live-stream Zoom even when we are allowed to worship in person.
This will allow those who are not yet comfortable with in-person
worship yet, to participate until you are prepared to join in person.
We are looking at considering ways to re-engage again in worship that
is done in a safe environment to make sure we will all continue to remain
p.s.s. - Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???
“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain
that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”