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Message From Pastor Leon

posted Apr 21, 2016, 8:18 AM by Tracey Morris

St. Paul’s Small Group Ministry concludes its third year this month. Most of the groups have been using the Believe book and DVD resources. In the Fall, groups may continue to use Believe, move on to something else, or, as in past years, do some restructuring. Pastor Gorden and I have begun talking about resources and plans for when we begin again in the Fall.

The transition to our summer worship format begins May 29th with outdoor worship at 10:00 am. It is the fifth Sunday of the month, so it will be the Cowboy Service. The 8:00 service will be indoors and using the traditional service. There will be communion at both services. A picnic for the entire congregation will be at11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall and outdoors. Everything will be provided—just come and enjoy the good weather (we hope) and a great time of fellowship.

Hebrews 10:23-25 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” ‘Not giving up meeting together,’ it says; that is, meeting together regularly for worship. Many people do give up on meeting together in worship for the entire summer. There are places to go and things to do, and many allow themselves to get completely out of the habit of worship for three months. But, says Hebrews, don’t do that. Don’t give up.

Granted, many of us are out of town often on summer weekends. But you can worship wherever you are. Use the time away from your own congregation to visit other congregations. And don’t limit yourself to traditional Lutheran. Often, when I am not at St. Paul’s, I try to find churches very different from my own background and tradition. Nancy and I have worshiped in a wide variety of places—thriving mega-churches and small, struggling churches; country churches and inner city churches; traditional and contemporary churches; Protestant, Roman Catholic, and even Greek Orthodox churches. This not only gives us the opportunity to meet some new people, but also to experience the tremendous diversity of God’s big family. There are lots of ways to be a Christian and lots of ways to worship God.

And of course, when you are at home, continue to be faithful in your worship at St. Paul’s. God does not take any time off from providing for you just because it is summer. Neither should you ignore God just because the weather is nice.

So have a great summer! But “don’t give up on meeting together.”