January 2022
From the Pastor

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

A new year with new opportunities!

 

As I extend new year greetings to you, I do so with the hope that the 12 days of Christmas (which continue to Epiphany, January 6) have been and continue to be a joyous blessing to you and all who are close to you.  As the new year begins many will be making "resolutions." I encourage you to do so beginning with your worship life in Christ.

Plan to worship on a regular basis, which some already do.  I believe worship is central to the life of the ministry here at All Saints.  Worship is the time we come to together as a community of faith:  To hear the good news of Christ, to celebrate the sacraments, and to share time with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our worship is about God and not ourselves. We certainly receive from God as we worship. However, first and foremost, worship is about our praise for God and bringing our thankfulness for His love and forgiveness given to us in Christ.  Our worship is about the All Saints family coming together. Our/your worship is the only scheduled time in which we come together and greet one another in the of the name of the risen Christ.

One quick note, this year, the whole Church, including we here at All Saints, will be looking at the life of Christ through the eyes of the Gospel writer of Luke.  Within this New Testament Gospel, we will read of the lives of many people personally touched by the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. The story of Jesus becomes the story of us, one that becomes intricately interwoven within the stories of each of our personal lives and family stories. Each of us has our own story, rich in the mysteries and messiness of life.  Through the words of Luke, we recognize ourselves within the story of Jesus.  

I invite you to worship with us every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  As you resolve to worship regularly, please do so with an attitude of "This is about God!" Come and rejoice in the good news of the Babe of Bethlehem.

 

Servants together, + Pr. Paul +

p.s. Did you know?  Our youth will once again be organizing and hosting this year's Twelfth Night (Epiphany) Bon fire on Thursday, 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 you then!

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."