January 2021
From the Pastor

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,:

What a year 2020 has been for the people of All Saints and the communities that make up All Saints.  We had moments of excitement and joy but also moments of hurt and brokenness that has mostly been borne out of the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have traveled a long, strange road, and our journey is not over yet.  But just days ago we celebrated HOPE that came to earth and the hope of what is yet to come.  At the time of my writing this article, we are hearing of the hope of a vaccine that is now being prepared for distribution throughout the US and the world. 

I continue to be amazed at how often we have and will join together to complete a task in front of us. How we care for others who need an extra hand.  Personally, congregationally, within our community and nation, our lives have been deeply changed.  In 2020, as the body of Christ, we needed to learn how to be Church without gathering.  I have been amazed as we learned something new each and every week.  As we have learned and grown in the virtual space, it has become a ministry of All Saints. In 2021, we will be receiving new equipment that will allow us to have a much more professional presence online. 

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son. - John 1:14 (New Living Translation)

I like the imagery that is created by this translation.  He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  God sent Jesus into this world to take on flesh and bone so that we could experience God's unfailing love and faithfulness firsthand.  How great of a reminder is that?  What would our lives and the lives of those around us look like if we lived lives of love and faithfulness for all people?

My prayer for 2021 is that we remember God's presence in our lives not only in the good times, when we feel like prayers have been answered, but also in the times when we feel furthest from God.  I pray that we remember the promise that was made, the promise that continues to be lived out, that God is with us in all things.  God is in the midst of our brokenness, our hurt, our joy and our success.  I pray that we give thanks to God for all things because in all things, God works for God's people.

In 2021, how will you share God's love with others?  How will you help others to be reminded of the Word that became human and made his home among us?

There are some amazing things in the works for 2021 at All Saints and I am excited about the possibilities, and I hope that you will be a part of all that happens.  Know that you are loved beyond measure and that is the greatest gift of all.  You are a blessing, and you are blessed!

Servants together,

+ Pr. Paul +

p.s. Did you know?  Our youth will be organizing and hosting this year's Twelfth Night (Epiphany) Bon fire on Wednesday, January 6 starting at 5:30 p.m.  We will have chili, hot cocoa, hot cider, hot coffee and plenty of carol singing to bring Christmas to a close.  By the way, remember, that there are 12 days of Christmas so keep on celebrating.  If you have a real tree, please keep it and bring it with you to place on the fire.  If you have neighbors who are looking to dispose of their live trees, please ask them to drop it off at the church.  See you then!

p.s.s. - Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???  "Glory to God in highest heaven, who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth."