Seasons and Sundays
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:7
November and December bring us together in faith and fellowship as God’s people. These are robust months in the life of a congregation. In Lutheran faith communities it is a time when we notice the colors change in the sanctuary.
The white paraments of All Saint’s and Christ the King Sunday’s intermingle with the green colors of the Season of Pentecost. The fall colors of harvest lead to the hanging of the greens and the lit candles of Advent and Christmas. In these seasons of the church year, and Sunday’s that lead us toward a new year, we COME HOME to our baptismal faith, our life in Christ.
As the colors change in the sanctuary an opportunity exists to draw nearer to Christ. As we seek God’s presence, we are startled by the enduring reality that Christ’s presence is very near to us. The Lord of creation who reigns as King, comes near in the Babe of Bethlehem’s flesh, in this Savior’s death and resurrection sinners are made saints, and we share the gift of God’s love with all. The promise that changes everything finds a home in our souls, God’s with us.
God bless you as we bring 2019 to a close and stand on the threshold of a new decade as a congregation. In this newsletter you will notice many opportunities to participate in the ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. We will travel a lot of ground in the next two months: All Saints Sunday, Homemade for the Holidays on Saturday November 23rd, Thanksgiving Eve, Advent anticipations, Sunday School Christmas Program and the Celebration of Christ’s birth, and many more happenings.
As I near the one year mark as your Interim Pastor I want to thank you for listening so attentively to the scriptures and singing wholeheartedly in worship, for sharing the peace with open hearts, for following Jesus in daily life, and for your commitment to your congregation’s mission. It is a privilege to continue to join you in ministry.
St. Paul’s is a church to invite a friend or neighbor to and this time of year is especially the right time to do so. Let’s fill the church on Sunday mornings as we worship together and share in the joy of being God’s people.
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