November 2021
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 (Reformation Day).  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 you!

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 worship.

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 give thanks.

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.

p.s. 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.

3) The 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