June 2020
From the Pastor

Philippians 1:3-5, 27  3I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 27Only, 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.

Servants together,

+ 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 healthy.

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.”