From the Pastor
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
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
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!
+ 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
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."