On All Saints’ Sunday we will sing the familiar hymn For All the Saints (note first two verses below). We’ll name all from the St. Paul’s community who have died since last All Saints’ Sunday. We’ll give thanks to God for those who have gone before us, for the legacy they bequeathed to us. St Paul’s is now in its 151st year! On Reformation Sunday we burned the mortgage, celebrating another milestone blessing. Just think of Miriam Prickett’s gracious gift to the church in May that made it possible sooner than we would have expected. Just think of all the people – thousands probably – who have shared a portion of their treasure through 151 years to make the whole of this congregation possible!
For all the saints who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
What will our legacy be? What will we create and then leave for the generations that follow us? In my short time with you as your interim pastor I have seen your generosity. I have seen your willingness to share the Good News of God in Christ with our neighbors near and far. Praise God for your ministries! You all are ministers, followers of Jesus, in one way or another. We are a faith community on a journey of healing and strengthening our ministries of loving and serving all of God’s children. God’s Spirit is working in St. Paul’s. Praise God!
On All Saints’ weekend you will have the opportunity to complete a Confidential Offering Commitment Card to be given to the Financial Secretary who will give the total amount to the Finance Team so the Council can properly prepare our Ministry Plan (budget) for 2019. The council and I ask you to prayerfully consider increasing your offering by at least 1% or moving up to a tithe (10%) of your income. Thank you. God bless you in your ministries.