From the Pastor
Siblings in Christ,
to the Romans is probably my favorite book in the Bible for a variety of
reasons. The most notable is how
Paul lays out the idea of salvation for all, rather than for a select few
(meaning only those of Jewish faith). He gives us a solid blueprint for
living our lives focused on God rather than focused on society. It is a
difficult task, no doubt, but one we are to strive for in our daily lives.
Testament Epistle is as relevant today, as it was when Paul was writing to
the Romans. Its overarching theme is that we are all in this together, that
we should not look at one another and see anything but a brother or sister
in Christ. Again, a very difficult task to do, but one that Paul suggests we
need to strive to do every single day.
9"if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same
Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.
13 For, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be
saved.' "(Romans 10:9,
As most of you
should be aware we are entering into a busy time at All Saints (and in the
community in general). September is always a month filled with activity and
establishing routine that has escaped us over the summer.
From September to June we have one routine, from June to September we
have another. No doubt a quick look at your own life you will see this
routine as well. During the month of September, we also look at how each of
us have been called to steward the gifts we have been given and how they can
help the greater church.
We are not
alone in this routine, but as Paul suggests, we are in this together. Every
one of us is a part of this community, and I encourage you to be active in
our community. Find ways to be
involved, to share the gifts that God has given you, and to help others see
how God is at work in their lives. I continue to be impressed with how this
congregation continually steps forward to share their gifts in so many
varied ways. My prayer is that we continue and remain in prayer as to how
God is calling us now to be his church.
In this month,
we will be talking more and more about how you can use your gifts here at
All Saints. We will rejoice in how you already use your gifts. As the ELCA
mantra goes "We are church - Better Together!"
We have been given the task of sharing the good news of God's love
together to all people.
4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the
members have the same function,
5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and
individually we are members one of another.
6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to
us: prophecy, in proportion to faith;
7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching;
8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the
leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
- NRSV) May God continue to reveal God's glory and grace to us in new and
exciting ways. Have a wonderful
Consecration Sunday is September 26.
I am hoping that you can begin prayerfully considering how God is
calling you (and your family) in the life of this congregation, through
time, talent and giving.
We were tagged
by Delta's mayor one day, as he called us "The biggest little church in the
county." That alone helps us to
identify who we are and how we are called.
You all are such an amazing gift to me and the life of this
community. I am excited to see
how God will call us and lead us in the future.
What an exciting time it is!
Thanks be to God!
Pr. Paul <><
p.s. Did you
I have often been
asked questions about Liturgy and why Lutherans follow a Liturgical, even
more important the Historical Liturgy form of worship.
I think there are 8 reasons, so over the next 8 months, I will
reflect on "Why we love the Historical Liturgy." To start, let's begin with
a basic definition of "Liturgy": it is the order and structure of a formal
Reason #1:The Liturgy protects the congregation from the Pastor -
There are both good and bad pastors (especially from the
pulpit). For the pastors that
preach a less than Christ-filled message, the liturgy will protect the
congregation. A 10 minute circus
sermon is overshadowed by 30 minutes of liturgy - the Scriptures, the
Apostles' (or Nicene) Creed, the Lord's Prayer, the message in the hymns and
the rest of the order of service.
Why do we love the historic liturgy?
The liturgy protects a congregation from a pastor who has a bad sermon, two
bad sermons, or weeks and months of bad sermons.
p.s.s. - Did you know
that Luther said. . . . ???
"To progress is
always to begin always to begin again”"― Martin Luther, Commentary on