May 2021
From the Pastor

 

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed, ALLELUIA!

As you read this we are now in the season of Easter, a season that lasts 50 days until the day of Pentecost, May 23.  We have journeyed together through the season of Lent where we explored the idea of God being on the move and what we might learn from that.  On Palm Sunday, we followed the journey of Christ’s Passion. On Maundy Thursday, we gathered to take part in a meal, to be reminded of the sacrifices that Christ made on our behalf. The next day we shared in Good Friday worship where we heard reminders of how real  and raw our emotions can be, and how vulnerable our emotions can make us. Which brought us to Easter Sunday and the reminder that our perceptions and our expectations are not always accurate.  The world we are looking at might not be quite what it first appears to be.  The women who went to the tomb on that Easter Sunday expected to find a stone in front of the tomb with Jesus tucked safely inside. They went with the expectation of getting to say a proper goodbye to their friend and teacher.  They were surprised to find that not only was the stone rolled away but that Jesus was gone! Their expectations were shattered and replaced with questions and fear, but they had no reason to be afraid. This, my friends, is good news and I had the privilege to share that good news with you throughout all of Holy Week. It is truly one of my favorite parts of the year.

One thing that I think gets missed in all of this is how many volunteers it takes to make everything happen during Holy Week (and throughout the year). We need readers, ushers, greeters, communion assistants, worship leaders, musicians (organ, piano and vocalists), acolytes, people to set up and clean up and work with Zoom to bring it to those who cannot be with us in person, put up decorations (banners, cross, flowers), set up communion, and set up, provide and clean up fellowship, and . . .  You get the idea. The things we do during Holy Week cannot happen without dozens of people stepping forward and volunteering to help with whatever is needed.  It is truly amazing, and I wanted to make sure that their work is highlighted. I won’t name names because I always forget someone.  Your work and dedication was not lost on me. Thank you for the work you do to make All Saints the place that it is.

For the few weeks that we have remaining in the Easter season, I encourage you to see how Christ is at work in your life, in the lives of those around you, at All Saints Lutheran Church and how Christ is at work in the world.  How will you encounter Christ on a daily basis?  How will you be Christ in the world to others?  How will you live out your baptismal promises so that others might know that death has been conquered once and for all?  How will you see God at work and God on the move?

Tell the Good News of what God has done and what God continues to do! Let your light shine so that others might see God at work. Proclaim with confidence— Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is Risen indeed, ALLELUIA!

Servants together,  Pr. Paul <><

p.s. – Did you know??  There are two “did you know” items.  Due to Covid, Abraham Connection had to close its doors early this year.  I am so very grateful to the team who made themselves available at O’dark 30 every Tuesday morning to feed the marginalized.  Thank you so very much Team Abraham Connection.  You brought such wonderful light to some very dark places.  The second "did you know" is that because Delta County has remained in the Green level, the worship ministry at Horizons will begin once again in May.  It is time to send the light of Christ into that wonderful home to so many.

p.s.s. – Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???  " We need to hear the Gospel every day, because we forget it every day.”