From the Pastor
Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
What are you thankful for? That question seems appropriate for this time of
year, doesn't it? After all we are in the give thanks month of November.
I hope that you are able to name them, claim them and, when possible,
let others know what you are thankful for.
A social media challenge is to name three things a day for seven days
that you are thankful for. I do want to share some things I have been
thankful for in the past few weeks:
1) I'm thankful for the youth who became young adults in ASLC on 31 October
They have worked so hard to get to
this point. They bring a wonderful light and life to this congregation. I
have been blessed with the opportunity to work with our young people and to
watch their growth. I continue
to be impressed with their constant desire to learn, their questioning and
their understanding. What a joy!
2) I'm thankful for all who provide leadership in this congregation.
There is so much that goes on over the course of a week/month from
maintaining and cleaning our property, to preparing for worship in word and
song, communicating, reaching out to our congregation and community, and
educating our youth. ASLC was built and continues because of countless hours
of work by volunteers. Thank
3) I'm thankful for the "other" ministry opportunities
that All Saints offers to its members and to the community. I'm thankful
that we are willing and able to open our building.
I'm thankful for those who prepare meals for Abraham Connection and
those who deliver meals to those shut in. We have had many who have also
stepped forward to bring their voices to share with the Horizon community.
I have been blessed to provide pastoral care at the hospital, the
jail and Delta Correctional Facility.
4) I'm thankful for events
like the Yard Sale, Craft Fair and Bake Sale, and God's Work, Our Hands, a
day where we have reached out to the bike community through the Serenity
Run. It has given us the opportunity to work together towards a common
Christian goal. We have
hundreds of people who enter our doors every year for something other than
5) I'm thankful for the kindness and grace
constantly shown to Jesse and me. On a regular basis you remind me why I
chose to accept the call to ASLC. I am grateful for the work of the Holy
Spirit guiding us together.
That is only the beginning of the things I am thankful for. I am most
thankful to God for your presence in God's church, in the community we call
All Saints. We are blessed to be a blessing to those around us. Let us never
take for granted all of the things we have to be thankful for in our lives.
What are you thankful for? May you have a blessed November and remember to
Servants together, Pastor Paul
p.s. Did you know??
We offer another significant worship service, All Saints Sunday, November 7
where we remember the Saints that have gone before us.
It is a powerful and moving service. Please join us.
s. Did you know??
I have often been asked questions
about Liturgy and why Lutherans follow a Liturgical service, and even more
importantly the Historical Liturgy form of worship.
So here now is reason #3.
liturgy is stable when everything else in life is unstable.
Our youth lives in a culture of great change. They may have their sixth new
phone in the last four years. They are going through the rhythm of
life at school. And family? It may not be the same as we
experienced. Society is forcing
our kids to grow up and they don't have time to be a child.
For my nephew Jesse, life sometimes seemed like a boat in a great raging
storm. Deep down as a family, we knew that he was not able to survive long
term with instability and emotional upheaval.
My brother and his wife made sure Jesse was in church every week. The
historic liturgy provided Jesse with steadiness, consistency, and
predictability. The liturgy is an anchor in the moments of the storms
in his life.
Why do we love the historic liturgy? The liturgy is stable and
consistent. It creates order within a world of chaos.
p.s.s. - Did you know that Luther said. . . . ???
"There is no greater comfort than Baptism" --- Martin Luther