Dear Saints

Writing

“Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; the Lord will hear me when I call.” – Psalm 4:3

Dear Saints, Q: How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb? A: Change?! We don’t believe in change! When it comes to faith, sometimes we’re more comfortable doing things the way they’ve always been done. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, then why change? We all know that change happens, whether we like it or not. Technology evolves, in-person gatherings go virtual, societal values change, and time keeps marching on. After the pandemic, no one can deny the pace of change in today’s world.

Then why can it be hard for the church to accept change? Well, I believe it is because we care. We care so deeply about the mission of the church, about pleasing God, about the salvation offered in Jesus Christ, that we do not view change lightly. We want to be sure that the church we love continues to honor the God we love as well. There are likely many other reasons we fear change, but I like to think that the root cause is because we value the ministry entrusted to us, and we want to be good stewards.

The good news is this: There is no “right way” to honor God. The good news is that if we set our hearts on the gospel of Jesus crucified and risen, we will be true to the mission even in the midst of change. Another piece of good news is grace. Even when we “miss the mark” in our attempts to keep up with the changing times, we are loved and forgiven. And a third piece of good news is this: we do not do it alone.

As a congregation of an ancient faith in modern times, we must embrace change along the way. And thank God we have been given one another to walk with. Together, we listen out for the still, small whispers of he Spirit; together, we remind one another of the blessings of God; together, we cautiously yet boldly steer the mission of the church into the future, following the way of Christ. Our role as siblings in faith is to encourage one another, to prod one another on, and to comfort one another in the face of uncertainty and fear.

This season of Easter, may we look for the ways Christ is showing up in our midst, even despite change. May we see the ways God has gifted and blessed us to be a blessing to one another. And may we listen out for the winds of change that carry us forward into the future of this place we so love: the church.  

+ Pastor Ginger +

 
 

Single Ladies Lunch

Let’s Do Lunch!  

Tuesday, November 28, 2023 12:00 noon

All Single Ladies are invited to join us for lunch at ACME Lowcountry Kitchen, JC Long Blvd, Isle of Palms.  Our Single Ladies Lunches are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at noon. Restaurant locations vary. We will not meet in December, but look forward to resuming in January 2024. Call or text Sandy Reafler at 843-729-5837 to reserve your seat.

All Saints Knitters

The All Saints Knitters Ministry is an informal group that meets in members’ homes to make prayer shawls and other comfort items for those who are ill or facing difficult situations. Anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting is welcome. Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 24, at 2:00 pm. Carolyn Anderson will be our host. Call the church office for address 843-884-5470. We’d love to have you join us!