Recently, I heard that a church council member was glad to get past the carpet and tower so that we could get back to regular ministry. I ditto that. As a pastor, there are matters that have to be addressed no matter how much they are not your thing. It is true for everyone. Getting back to more routine matters is candy.
Recently, my energies have been over the top. The reason is simple. I am back to doing what I love. I love building community more than you will ever know. That is why I am bringing back by popular demand a fall worship celebration. Last year we did a major celebration on Reformation Sunday. This year we will celebrate All Saint’s Sunday on November 4. We will have only two services; 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will be special food to honor the day and Sunday School will be moved to 10:30 a.m. There will be no adult classes. The biggest part of the day will be celebrating All the Saints at Christ the Lord.
I want to get back to celebrating our ministry together. This year we have chosen as our stewardship theme.
We are Christ the Lord
We are Christ’s Servants for the World
I realize that many of you may not know how much ministry comes out of this relatively small building. God does touch the world through us!! That only happens when all hear those wonderful words of God’s Grace. Then it just pours out of us. That word of grace is experienced best when we worship together. So let us gather at His altar and lay out our hearts desires to serve Him above all.
Generally about 30% of our congregation worships on a Sunday. November 4 will be no ordinary Sunday. This is All Saints Sunday. On this day we celebrate a beautiful gift together – our relationship with God. Not just us, BUT all those who have gone before us. Not just them but all of God’s servants around the world. We will bow our heads and raise our voices in praise of Him who has changed our lives forever. We sing out our hearts and dream of the day when all of us will be gathered around his throne.
We are so blessed beyond words. I dream of this All Saint’s Sunday as a day when we will all show up. Fill the narthex if need be. Pack the aisles. Tuck in tight. Hear the choirs, sing loud the hymns, partake of the bread and wine, and lift high our own voices during the gathering.
I pray that you all will join me on the day. Take that extra hour of sleep for the time change. Get in your cars. Head over. Smile at the others getting out of their cars. Make your way to a pew. Give a silent word of thanks. Here He comes. God is present and we are here to praise Him. All other chores in his name are but an act of thanks until he returns in his fullness. YES. That is what I dream.
~In His Service