COVID Exodus (Coffee Talk)

COVID Exodus (Coffee Talk)

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 12, 2021


The current Pandemic has caused many pastors to walk away from ministry. In this session of Coffee Talk Scotty Williams and Karsten Risseeuw will look at reasons for this exodus and what the Church can do to reverse it.



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Toxic Leadership (Coffee Talk)

Toxic Leadership (Coffee Talk)

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
August 15, 2021


Why does toxic leadership happen in the Church? What makes good Church leaders become toxic? Pastors Scotty Williams and Brien Aaland explore these questions, and look at how the Church can be an agent of healing.



Podcast

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Do Not Be Anxious

Sermon

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 8, 2021


Are you anxious with worries for the future?

If so, this message is for you.


Brainstorming Session (August 8, 2021)

Sharing ideas

The future of All Souls


7. August 2021In News, Vision, EventsBy Scotty Williams1 Minute

Following our service on August 8th, we will have a special meeting to talk about the current state of All Souls and share ideas about its future. The purpose of this meeting will not be finding solutions, but listening to one another through brainstorming and listening for the voice of God in prayer.

For more information go to our events page at: Brainstorming Session (August 8, 2021)


Pastor's Desk: What Comes Next?

What comes next?

The future of All Souls


6. August 2021In News, Pastor's desk, VisionBy Scotty Williams6 Minutes

Dear Friends,

In our last newsletter there was a post (you can read it HERE) about the future of All Souls, and it may have caused some misunderstandings that I would like to address in this letter. As you can well imagine, the Pandemic has dealt a great blow to denominations and congregations around the world, and our denomination and its congregations have felt this blow in many ways. One way has been a loss of finances and members, and All Souls has felt this and tried its best to weather the storm.

At the beginning of 2020 we had good numbers in membership and collections, but as the lock-downs continued these numbers began to decrease. In response, we, like all other Churches, have had to make continual adjustments and readjustments, and the post in our recent newsletter was a call to do this once again. The truth is that traditional models of Church have become less suitable in the wake of COVID-19, and we must change with the times to carry on as a worshiping community.

So with all that said, here is what comes next for All Souls…



Is The Pastor Resigning?

Since the end of our planting phase in November 2018, I have openly stated that one of my goals was to prepare All Souls for a time without me. Though we pastors love the congregations we serve we (with the exception of a very faithful few) do not stay forever, and before the Pandemic I felt that my time at All Souls might be coming to an end. This feeling became stronger at the beginning of this year, and after months of prayer and discussions with mentors, colleagues, and cantonal Church leaders my family and I felt that it was indeed time to go.

Therefore, I have notified our Council that I will resign, and my service as the pastor of All Souls will end on November 30th of this year. It was not an easy decision to make, for it has been a marvelous adventure in planting and serving a Church with you, but there is a need for new leadership with a fresh vision that it might carry on and thrive.

Is The Church Closing?

During our planting phase we were solely supported by our cantonal Church, and since becoming an Association we have been supported by a group of donor Churches. We are grateful to these fellow Reformed communities for helping us became a recognized congregation, and for supporting us through the worst parts of the Pandemic. Each committed to three years of financing our community, and on November 30th these three years are up and most of them can no longer support us. They have also experienced a loss of members and resources, and they must also focus on adjusting to the new world that COVID-19 has brought about. Furthermore, we are not the only ministry that they have been supporting, and other communities will have to face the future without their support.

In the meantime, the doors of All Souls will remain open, but we will use the coming months ahead to look for alternative ways of continuing and financing it. Our donors and cantonal Church have been looking for these things as well, and in the days ahead we will focus our efforts on assuring a good future for All Souls.



Fear Not

As I think about what comes next for All Souls I also think about what is next for me, and unlike other times of transition, this one brings some extra fear. In this transition, I face the unknown as a husband and a father, and the question of supporting a family looms over my head like a heavy cloud. Nevertheless, my favorite verse from the book of Isaiah comes to mind, and it breaks through like a sunbeam in a dark storm passing over. It says:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  – Isaiah 41:10

My prayer for our congregation is that we would not fear in the days ahead, and that we would not be dismayed as the question of what comes next looms over us. May we know that God is with us charting the course that we should go, and He will strengthen us and help us as the answers we seek become clear.

Grace and Peace,

–Pastor Scotty


A Welcoming Church (Coffee Talk)

A Welcoming Church (Coffee Talk)

Third Sunday after Pentecost
June 13, 2021


What do we mean when we say, “All are Welcome” at All Souls?

Pastor Scotty and Karsten Risseeuw discuss this question as we celebrate the Third Sunday after Pentecost.



This service is © All Souls Protestant Church • St. Gallen and East Switzerland

Cover image, “All Are Welcome Sign“, by borjomi88. This image comes from Panther Media and has been purchased with a Standard License.


Pentecost Sunday (Coffee Talk)

Coffee Talk

Pentecost Sunday
May 23, 2021


How is the Church doing as the Pandemic lifts?

How will the Church be when the Pandemic is over?

Pastor Scotty and Karsten Risseeuw discuss these questions and more as we celebrate of Pentecost Sunday.



This service is © All Souls Protestant Church • St. Gallen and East Switzerland

Cover image, “Hildesheim Germany Lower Saxony“, by falco. This image comes from Pixabay and is free for commercial use


What Is The Ascension?

Online Study

What Is The Ascension?


14. May 2021In EventsBy Scotty Williams1 Minute

Though Ascension is celebrated every year, many people do not know what it is about. Come and join us for a special online study on May 16, where we will learn about the Ascension of Christ and what it means for us. All are welcome!

The study will be via Zoom (the link can be found on the Events page of the All Souls website), and will go from 12:00 to 13:30. All are welcome!

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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Online Service)

Online Worship

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 9, 2021


Welcome to our online worship service! This service is an interactive liturgy with songs and prayers of adoration, confession, and thanksgiving, and uplifting sermons that focus on the Word of God. We pray that you are deeply blessed as you take part in this gathering.


Opening Prayer


LEADER: O Jesus Christ, fill us with love,

PEOPLE: That we might be Your servants.

LEADER: O Jesus Christ, fill us with love,

PEOPLE: That we might serve all people.

LEADER: O Jesus Christ, fill us with love,

PEOPLE: And give us peace this hour.

LEADER: O Jesus Christ, fill us with love,

PEOPLE: And hear our songs of joyful praise.

ALL: O Jesus Christ, fill us with love that we might walk in light and grace. Amen.


Song of Adoration

We Are Marching In The Light Of God


We are marching in the light of God
We are marching in the light of God
We are marching in the light of God
We are marching in the light of God

We are marching (marching we are marching)
Oo, we are marching in the light of God!
We are marching (marching we are marching)
Oo, we are marching in the light of God!


Prayer of Confession


LEADER: Children of God, beloved by Christ, let us confess our sins together saying….

ALL: Almighty, eternal, and merciful God, Whose love is like an ocean for us, we confess to You that we have not shown love as Your great Law and Son command. We have not loved You with all our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and we have not loved our neighbors as we love ourselves. We have also failed to remember that neighbors are more than those we like; they also are our enemies and those we wish to turn away. Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us for our lovelessness, and give to us a selfless faith that leads to grace and care for all. In Your holy name we pray. Amen. 

(Confess in Silence)

Song of Confession

Here Is Love Vast As The Ocean


Here is love vast as the ocean
Loving kindness as the flood
When the Prince of life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.

Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He will never be forgotten
Throughout heaven’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.

Grace and love like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
Heaven’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world with love.

Let me all Thy love accepting
Love Thee ever all my days
Let me seek Thy Kingdom only
And my life be to Thy praise;

Thou alone shalt be my Glory
Nothing in the world I see;
Thou has cleansed and sanctified me
Thou Thyself hast set me free.

Confession of Forgiveness and Faith

(Maasai Creed)


LEADER: Brothers and Sisters, Scripture says that if we confess our sins, Christ, Who loves us, is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Therefore, as a called an ordained servant of His holy Church, and by His grace and love, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all of our sins. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ALL: In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and made righteous. Thanks be to God!

LEADER: And now let us confess our faith together through the Maasai Creed saying….

ALL: We believe in the one High God of love who created the beautiful world and everything good in it. He created people and wanted them to be happy in the world. God loves the world and every nation and tribe in the world. We have known this God in darkness, and we now know God in the light. God promised in His book the Bible that He would save the world and all the nations and tribes.

We believe that God made good on His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man by the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari, doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and humanity, showing that the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by His people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He lay buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch Him, and on the third day He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is Lord.

We believe that all our sins are forgiven through Him. All who have faith in Him must be sorry about their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live by the rules of love and share the bread together, to announce the Good News to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for Him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.


Sermon

Text: John 15:9-17
Title: Abide In Love
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down their life for their friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what their master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.


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Song of Thanksgiving

Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love


Jesu, Jesu,
Fill us with Your love,
Show us how to serve
The neighbors we have from You.

Kneels at the feet of his friends,
silently washes their feet,
Master who acts as a slave to them!

Jesu, Jesu,
Fill us with Your love,
Show us how to serve
The neighbors we have from You.

Neighbors are wealthy and poor
Varied in color and race,
Neighbors are near us and far away.

Jesu, Jesu,
Fill us with Your love,
Show us how to serve
The neighbors we have from You.

These are the ones we should serve,
These are the ones we should love;
All these are neighbors to us and You.

Jesu, Jesu,
Fill us with Your love,
Show us how to serve
The neighbors we have from You.

Loving puts us on our knees,
Willing to wash other’s feet
This is the way we should live like You.


CLOSING PRAYER

with the Lord's Prayer and Benediction


LEADER: Our Lord Jesus, we thank You for this time of worship, and we thank You for the gift of love which we enjoy from You each day. As we prayed to You earlier on, fill us with Your love, and help us to be servants who reach out with grace and care for all. The grace You showed to all while You were here among us, and the care we see within the prayer You taught the Church on earth to pray….

ALL: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen.

LEADER: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the abiding fellowship of the Holy Spirit be upon you and with you always.

ALL: Amen!

LEADER: Go in grace! Go in peace! You belong to Jesus!


This service is © All Souls Protestant Church • St. Gallen and East Switzerland

Cover image, “Heart Love Romance Valentine“, by Ben Kerckx (Ben_Kerckx). This image comes from Pixabay and is free for commercial use


New Sermon Uploads

New Sermon Uploads

All Souls Vimeo


1. May 2021In Resources, SermonBy Scotty Williams1 Minute

New sermons have been uploaded to our Vimeo page and you can find them here: ALLSOULSVIMEO

Happy listening and God bless!

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