To everything there is a season…

First, Thank you To Bishop Gohl for serving Saint Pauls during my time away.  He has truly given the gift of himself to ministry and we are all blessed because of him.

The third chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes talks about seasons and times. It begins, “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”  Pete Seger’s late 1950’s song, “Turn, Turn, Turn” used they first few verses of chapter 3 almost verbatim.  For those of us of a certain age we grew up knowing this song and thus a bit of the Bible’s Wisdom literature, even if we weren’t aware of the source.

September brings us to a traditionally new season in today’s community.  Schools have started or will start soon, before school sales of supplies have been pillaged.  And St. Paul’s begins the school year cycle of ministry (no matter that you no longer think about school calendars).  We turn to a planned focus on Faith Formation, choirs, and a return to two worship times.  Committees and Council will continue their good work.

Please take notice of the opportunities for all ages, in particular the time between worship services on Sundays.  There will be a Tuesday morning study this fall that will explore liberation theologies lead by Pastors Melissa Lemons, Jason Churchill and myself.  The initial date has yet to be decided.  It is open to all.

We again in this season seek to live more deeply into our mission, fulfill our purpose as disciples of Jesus Christ for the sake of the world:

Growing in faith.  Growing in community.
Welcoming all in Jesus’ name.

Linda Gunderson †
Senior Pastor

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