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Message from Pastor Gorden

posted Sep 25, 2013, 2:58 PM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
Often on Saturday evenings Rikka and I listen to Garrison Keillor the voice of Prairie Home Companion who starts out one segment of the program each week with, “Well folks, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown.” At St Paul’s, our home church, the weeks in September have been anything but quiet. 

On Rally Sunday we had a large audience at church and our annual carnival for the children. This is always such a great Sunday for our church family to come together after a long summer. It was a great day. One child leaving church that morning with three bottles of pop said, “This is a great church!” Thanks to Tracey and her volunteer crew for providing a fun time for our young children. I asked my grandson Jack if he liked the carnival and he said, “Very good, very good Grandpa!” 

On the heels of Rally Sunday we then celebrated Cowboy Church and a Round-up at the Big G Ranch. No, the G stands for God not Gorden. Thanks to the band for their help in making our worship time a spirit filled experience. After the third service we had a chili cook-off with fifteen pots of chili to sample and other side dishes and delicious desserts. The prize for best chili was a set of Vikings tickets. Other door prizes were also given to include a very nice bicycle. These two special Sundays remind me of a hymn we often sing, “What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine.” There is no doubt about it; we have a great fellowship in worshipping the Lord. On these two Sundays we had over three-hundred in worship.

Round-up Sunday also included an opportunity for everyone to see all the ministry teams we have at St. Paul’s. Our goal from the Evangelism Team was to lasso your interest in sharing your talents on one of these teams. We can always use new and fresh ideas in these groups. Thanks to the Evangelism Team for all their hard work in putting Round-up Sunday together. It was a great time of fellowship for sure. 

One of the most exciting things to report is the interest in The Story. At the present time Pastor Leon has ten groups already formed and three in the formation process. These groups have ninety-two plus signed up and many others have purchased a book to read The Story on their own. As a congregation we will be blessed beyond words as we journey together in this Story which is God’s story for us. From the beginning to the end we will be enriched by a story that binds us together as a church family. This story will shed a new light our live together as a congregation. 

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) 
In the reading of The Story we will become those light bearing people for the world in which we live.

The last Sunday in September we give out bibles to our Sunday School children, so they will have the benefit of this life saving message at an early age. What better gift could we give our children, than the good news about a God who loves and cares for them? Also, a group of women are going on a Retreat to Mt. Carmel in Alexandria, MN. Thanks to the Women’s Retreat team for organizing this weekend. 

So you can see, we have had quite an active September at our hometown church St. Paul’s Lutheran. This is going to be an incredible year! Your time spent with fellow believers will re-charge you and give you a new found freedom.

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” 

(John 8:32) 

Pastor Gorden