December Paradox newsletter

From the Pastor…

Flames of fire for warmth and welcome,
Light the candles, help us see our place in creation.

(Advent wreath song)

Our place in creation is a dubious one, isn’t it?  Life is a fragile thing.  We take it for granted, at times.

Our place in the world – as Christians – is changing in major ways.  As members of a mainline, protestant church, we have seen significant change in recent decades.  People simply do not gravitate to our buildings the way they once did.  It is easy to lose heart.

However, we continue to have good news to share. The quality of worship we offer is as good as ever. We continue to have reason to connect with others, and to work at showing compassion, generosity, and hospitality, and striving for justice.

The question, then, becomes: for how long are we willing to hang on?

Advent is a season of hope.  It is a season with great anticipation, and we look forward to the arrival of God-among-us.  The thing is, the ‘second coming’ is not a matter of waiting and expecting another to do it for us.  We – us who are followers of the way of Jesus – are that second coming.  The work that Jesus did is what we are called to carry on, today, in our lives.

It’s a constant reminder for us to discern our place in creation.  What do we have to offer?  What is fair and good for us to expect in this life?  To what places shall we go to engage in ministry?  We’re living in a new day!  We’re starting to engage new possibilities!  All Saints is starting a year of new possibilities, and we will look different before the church-year is out…!

Pastor Tyler Gingrich

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THANK YOU…

– to Melissa, Karen, and Jesse for the music!

– to Lynette and Karen for representing All Saints in collaboration conversations!

– to Roy for the Souper spoons!

– to Melissa and Paul for the delicious soup!

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“PROPHETIC WORDS FOR OUR DAY”

From “A Social Creed for the Twenty-first Century”

We Churches…have a message of hope for a fearful time. Just as the churches challenged      the harshness of early-nineteenth-century industrialization with a prophetic “Social Creed” in 1908, so in our era of globalization we offer a vision of a society that shares more and consumes less, seeks compassion over suspicion and equality over domination, and finds security in joined hands rather than massed arms. Inspired by Isaiah’s vision of a “peaceable kingdom,” we honor the dignity of every person and the intrinsic value of every creature and pray and work for the day when none “labor in vain or bear children for calamity” (Isa. 65:23). We do so as disciples of the One who came “that all may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10), in solidarity with Christians and with all who strive for justice around the world.

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We – individual Christians and churches – commit ourselves to a culture of peace and freedom that embraces nonviolence, nurtures character, treasures the environment, and builds community, rooted in a spirituality of inner growth with outward action. We make this commitment together – as members of Christ’s body, led by the one Spirit – trusting in the God who makes all things new.

Approved by the General Assembly of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., November 7, 2007

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“We live in a country where it’s cheaper to fly to Paris than it is to fly a few provinces over and see for ourselves what another part of Canada is really about. More Canadians visit Florida than Manitoba. In a country with unity issues, this does not bode well.” -Rick Mercer

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Baptism of
Sarah Chantelle
Gingrich

on

Sunday, January 1st

 “You Are A Beloved Child of God”

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We collaborate in ministry…
Worship services with Faith Lutheran Church (250 Gibbs Rd W) this month:
December 11 at 10:00am; December 24 at 5:00pm

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Worship leaders for December…

Lectors: Dec 4 – Wally K; Dec 11 – Lynette; Dec 24 – Lynette; Dec 25 ______

Hosts: Dec 4 – Batke; Dec 11 – Faith Luth Ch; Dec 18 – Jensen, ______

Liturgists: Dec 4 – Myrle; Dec 11 – Myrle

email pastor@allsaintslutheranchurch.com to sign up in the blank spots!

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see our online calendar for times and places of our gatherings and programming!

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Posted on December 1, 2011, in The Paradox - monthly newsletter. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Gail from St. Paul, MN

    Merry Christmas! If you change or increase the number of worship services next weekend for Christmas, would you please update the hotels in your area. I came to worship with you last year, and the hotel (Comfort Suites) had the incorrect time. When I arrived Mary was in labor, and the wise men were packing their camels! I’m sure I’m not the only visitor who would like to come share the joy with you, but I personally appreciate your communication! Thank you, Gail

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