from the pastor’s desk
For All the Saints!
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” 1 John 3:1
We begin November with All Saints Sunday, as we remember and give thanks for the lives of those loved ones who have died in the last year. That is a big part of what All Saints Sunday is about, but it is not all that it is about. For you see, we are all saints here and now, as we share our lives together. We celebrate that gift of life in so many ways all through the church year. Some days we may not think that we are very saintly, or more likely, we may think that our neighbor or family member or fellow church member is not acting very saintly! But, as we read above, we are called children of God.
Together, through the year, we enact being children of God as we strive to love one another in celebrating all those life events and life passages that we share. We have had an active year as people of Grace and St. Paul Lutheran congregations. We have baptized new members, we have taken in other new members through transfer and affirmation of baptism, we have shared sorrow in funerals, and we have had weddings!
MaryLou and I have been blessed by all of you and blessed by God as we were surrounded by all you saints on our wedding day! We cannot thank you enough for the ways you have shown us your love and shared your joy with us. People of God – yes saints – thank you for your generosity, your sharing of talents and time, and for your presence with us at our wedding and your presence week after week as we worship and celebrate life together with God and one another.
Pastor David M. Byerly