The first will be last, and the last will be first

The First Will Be Last, And The Last Will Be First

Text: Jonah 3:6-4:2 and Matthew 20:1-16


20. September 2020In SermonBy Scotty Williams10 Minutes

In this message Pastor Scotty talks about why God is not fair.


Old Testament Reading (Jonah 3:6-4:2)

The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that He had said He would do to them, and He did not do it.

1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.”

New Testament Reading (Matthew 20:1-16)

1 Then Jesus told another parable saying, “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

Sermon

Title: The First Will Be Last, And The Last Will Be First
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


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How many times should I forgive?

How Many Times Should I Forgive?

Text: Psalm 130:1-8 and Matthew 18:21-35


13. September 2020In SermonBy Scotty Williams10 Minutes

In this message Pastor Scotty talks about forgiving others when apologies no longer work.


Old Testament Reading (Psalm 130:1-8 )

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! 2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. 8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

New Testament Reading (Matthew 18:21-35)

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant[c] fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

Sermon

Title: How Many Times Should I Forgive?
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


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If your brother or sister sins against you

If Your Brother or Sister Sins Against You

Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1-5 and Matthew 18:15-20


8. September 2020In SermonBy Scotty Williams6 Minutes

In this message Pastor Scotty talks about healing wounds from fellow Christians and Churches.


Epistle Reading (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

Gospel Reading (Matthew 18:15-20)

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

 

Sermon

Title: If Your Brother or Sister Sins Against You
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


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I Will Give You The Keys Of The Kingdom Of Heaven

I Will Give You The Keys Of The Kingdom Of Heaven

Text: Psalm 2:1-12 and Matthew 16:13-20


8. September 2020In SermonBy Scotty Williams9 Minutes

In this message Pastor Scotty talks about why Jesus is called the “Son of God” and the keys that He has given to the Church.


Old Testament Reading (Psalm 2:1-12)

1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

New Testament Reading (Matthew 16:13-20)

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Sermon

Title: I Will Give You The Keys Of The Kingdom Of Heaven
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


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The Millennials Are Coming

The Millennials are coming

Pastor's Desk. September 2020


1. September 2020In Pastor's deskBy Scotty Williams8 Minutes

The Millennials Are Coming

During the planning phase of All Souls the founding Council looked at target groups, and one group that they wanted to reach is people called Millennials. For those who don’t know, Millennials are a generation born between 1981 and 1996, and being born in 1983 I can count myself among them. Of course, I grew up in a time before the Internet and mobile phones, but I resonate with all the things that weigh heavy on most Millennials’ hearts. I resonate with their deep concern for creation care and climate change, and I understand their passion for transparency and justice. I resonate with their deep love for travel and other cultures, and I also share the griefs they feel for problems in the modern Church.

Sadly, many Millennials are opting out of the Christian faith, and in some cases religion in general, and the reasons range from exclusive congregations to Christians being hypocrites. And then, there are those who feel the Church is too judgemental, or offers them an angry God who only wants “obedience”. Nevertheless, despite these issues, the Church can find a ray of hope, for as they leave the Christian faith Millenneals are not leaving Christ. In fact, they still remain enamored with the Savior, and we are seeing this at All Souls as they are joining us for worship.

What Our Church Is Doing About It

Throughout August I had a number of meetings with Millennials, and in each one I was asked for help with learning more about Jesus. I was also asked for a space where they could present their questions about life and faith, and in response our Church had created two special gatherings that will start in September.

These two gatherings are:

Open Book

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This a Tuesday evening study group where participants can learn how to read the Bible and openly present their questions and thoughts without the fear of judgement. The goal of this gathering is to show that the Bible is not some rigid rule book, but an open book that is filled with faith, hope, love and the grace of God. If you would like to see the dates for each study, go to the Calendar on the All Souls website.

After Confirmation

This gathering is a class that will take place on Sunday afternoons following our services. Participants will have the chance to re-explore the things they learned in Confirmation, present their questions and thoughts without the fear of judgement, and learn the deeper riches of the Christians faith. If you would like to see the dates for each class, you can also go to the Calendar on the All Souls website.

What You Can Do About It

As our congregation begins this new work of outreach to Millennials, here is what you can do to support it:

  1. PRAY – In many passages, Scripture encourages us to pray for all people. Therefore, we encourage you to bring the Millennial generation before the Lord in prayer. Pray that they would seek God, go deeper into the Word, find peace in their jobs and/or studies, have healthy relationships, and live with purpose, confidence, and selflessness.
  2. ENCOURAGE – Millennials are facing many major decisions and life transitions during the current Pandemic, and are worried about their future and what will become of the world. Therefore, take the time the encourage the Millennials that you know with uplifting words, blessings, and a supportive presence.
  3. LISTEN – One reason that Millennials are leaving the Christian faith is because they feel that their voice is not heard or even allowed within the Church. Take the time to listen to them, an receive their words with an open heart.
  4. INVITE – As you pray for and encourage Millennials, do not be afraid to invite them to worship with us on Sundays or to our weekly Friday Night Fellowship and other social gatherings.

Indeed, the Millennials are coming and we warmly welcome them into our midst, and I pray that they would encounter Jesus as they encounter us in fellowship. May they learn more about Him and what it means to follow Him in the coming months, and may we be a Church where they can give the faith a second chance and treasure it.

Blessings,

-Pastor Scotty

A Prayer For Millennials by Jack H. Emmot

Heavenly Father, today among Your children are Millennials, the next gifted generation who will undoubtedly lead us into a future of historic advances in medicine, science, technology and art. I pray that You guide these talented people to overcome the challenges facing them. Though Millennials will certainly use advanced technology to connect Your children around the world in ways once never dreamed of, please show them that the most important connection in life is with You and in following the footsteps of Your Precious Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Send her away, for she is crying out after us

Send her away, for she is crying out after us

Text: Isaiah 56:1-8 and Matthew 15:21-28


17. August 2020In SermonBy Scotty Williams5 Minutes

In this message Pastor Scotty talks about the importance and power of compassion.


Old Testament Reading (Isaiah 56:1-8)

1 Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon My salvation will come, and My righteousness be revealed. Blessed is the one who does this, and the person who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it, and keeps their hand from doing any evil.” Let not the foreigner who has joined themself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from His people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.” For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, who choose the things that please Me and hold fast My covenant, I will give in My house and within My walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to Him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be His servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast My covenant — these I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to them besides those already gathered.”

New Testament Reading (Matthew 15:21-28)

21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

25 But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And He answered, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Sermon

Title: Send Her Away, For She Is Crying Out After Us
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


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He came to them walking on the sea

He came to them walking on the sea

Text: Jeremiah 29:5-7;10-14 and Matthew 14:22-33


9. August 2020In SermonBy Scotty Williams6 Minutes

In this message Pastor Scotty talks about faith and doubt and how they help us look to Christ and leave our boats to walk with Him.


Old Testament Reading (Jeremiah 29:5-7;10-14)

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

10 “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you My promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

New Testament Reading (Matthew 14:22-33)

22 Immediately He [Jesus] made the Disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 23 And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the Disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

Sermon

Title: He Came To Them Walking On The Sea
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


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We Only Have Five Loaves and Two Fish

We Only Have Five Loaves and Two Fish

Text: Isaiah 55:1-5 and Matthew 14:13-21
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people feel that they have little left to be of use to God and others. In this message Pastor Scotty shows how Christ is able to use what little we have left to bring relief to others, and that we are invited to find relief at a feast that He has prepared.


Old Testament Reading (Isaiah 55:1-5)

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for He has glorified you.

New Testament Reading (Matthew 14:13-21)

13 Now when Jesus heard this, He withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by Himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed Him on foot from the towns. 14 When He went ashore He saw a great crowd, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the Disciples came to Him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.17 They said to Him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And He said, “Bring them here to Me.

19 Then He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then He broke the loaves and gave them to the Disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Sermon

Title: We Have Only Five Loaves And Two Fish
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams


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Back to church!

Back to church!

Returning to public worship. August 2, 2020


27. July 2020In NewsBy Scotty Williams7 Minutes

After four months of Social Distance Worship, we are getting back to public services!

We Are Blessed

Since March 15th All Souls has worshiped at a distance, and throughout this time we have seen God do some amazing things among us. One of these amazing things is that we reached a lot of people around the world, and we even helped other congregations find alternative ways of gathering. Every week I received emails of thanks from different countries, and I was overjoyed when fellow pastors called to say how we inspired them. Yes, we are a small fellowship facing many challenges in our city, but in this time we have been blessed to impact and encourage others.

We have also been blessed to weather a catastrophic storm, for many congregations great and small did not survive the blow of COVID-19. Along with emails of thanks came emails expressing deep grief; a grief from the loss of fellowships that have been pillars to communities for many years. And with the loss of congregations comes the loss faithful people, and especially leaders that have carried the Church while lifting up the truth of Christ. During the past four months I have mourned for heroes that shaped my faith, from Ravi Zacharias and John Lewis to J.I. Pack and C.T. Vivian. Nevertheless, we have been blessed to not mourn a death at All Souls, or to lose any leaders from our Synod and fellow congregations in St. Gallen.

Hope is the fuel that ignites the light and carries us forward.

– Robert W. Reagan Jr.

We Are Back

Indeed, we have been blessed to weather the storm of COVID-19, and on August 2nd we will get back to the sanctuary of Kirche Rotmonten. On that day we will offer up our thanks and praise together again, and we will celebrate the hope of Christ that has carried us these past four months. In short, we will get back to having public services, but we will not get back to “normal” or the way that things were done before. Of course, we will follow the liturgy that we know and love, but we will also have some special rules while worshiping together. These rules are:

*Sign in and use hand sanitizer before entering the sanctuary.

*Practice social distancing during the service (the pews have been marked to help with seating).

*Avoid shaking hands with and hugging others; alternative greetings can be used (e.g., touching elbows).

*Hum during the times of singing.

*Sneeze or cough away from others into the crook of your arm.

*Those who wish to wear a mask during the service are free to do so.

*Those who feel sick in any way should not attend the service.

These rules are in place so that we can safely gather together, and I thank everyone in advance for keeping them during the service. Also, many thanks for participating in Social Distance Worship, and for the messages of encouragement with suggestions for each post. I know not what the future holds as we return to public worship, but I do know that the Lord is with us and will be with us as He was from March to July. And I know that He is doing and will do great things among us and use us for His glory.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Protection

O God Who is faithful and good, we thank You for Your blessings and strength that have carried us through this troubled time. Thank You for the Holy Spirit which binds us to You and to one another, and has kept us in fellowship despite the distance we have had to keep. Lord, as we return to the sanctuary where we offer You our thanks and praise, keep us safe in worship and uphold us by Your steadfast love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 


Pastor's Desk: Summer 2020

Pastor's Desk

July 2020


Casting Your Anxieties

As a young boy the summer season always meant one thing, two months of baseball while school was not in session. For eight weeks, from Monday to Saturday, my friends and I would gather at the park and enjoy a continuous string of games with make shift bases and homemade jerseys. We would also have a contest over who could make the fastest and hardest pitch, and when I think about this I’m reminded of this verse from the book of 1 Peter:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

The word Peter uses for “cast” is ἐπιρίπτω (epiripto) in koine Greek, and unlike what we often imagine it does not mean to simply throw our troubles to God. In fact, it is pitching our troubles as fast and hard as we can, and the Lord does more than catch them like a baseball in a glove. The Rev. Ruedi Basler writes that God absorbs our cares in Himself, and when we cast them we should have the goal of getting them stuck in Him. We should strive as hard as we can to get them lodged and embedded in God, and He will always take the heavy hit because He truly cares for us.

Our anxieties should be “stuck” in God.

– Rev. Ruedi Basler

The Proper Time

When I first learned the meaning of casting all anxieties, I thought it was a requirement or formula for the proper time. If I made the fastest pitch, like the baseball contests of my youth, then God would exalt or lift me up from all the things that troubled me. But as I studied the letters of Paul I learned that this was not the case, for in Jesus Christ the Lord has already brought about the proper time. In Ephesians Paul says:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Through Christ, the Lord has conquered everything that can troubled us, and we share within victory and are raised up or exalted with Him. And we cast out cares it is not earn the proper time, but to offer thanks and praise to God for bringing us the proper time. Of course, within this life we will still face many anxieties, but we can cast them with a joyful force unto the Lord Who cares for us.

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

Leave It There

Since our last public service in March before the COVID-19 lock down, I have been pressed by many anxieties regarding the future of All Souls. I have watched as the current pandemic has brought an end to other young congregations, and in response I have prayed and worked with an urgent sense of worry. After all, I was not trained for such a situation in seminary, and I have often flown by the seat of my pants in leading worship and pastoral care. Furthermore, I am anxious for how things will be when our services resume in August. Will some people not return? How will the liturgy be? How will we celebrate the Sacraments? Will we have another lock down?

Indeed, these past few months have loaded me with many cares, and each time I am overwhelmed I pitch them to our loving Lord. But sometimes, I am tempted to take anxieties back up again, and when I do I listen to a hymn called, “Leave It There“. On Sundays, when baseball and other sports were not allowed, my friends and I would sing this hymn with our Elders in Church.; as it did then, it reminds me now to not pick burdens up again and to leave them with the Lord in confidence and trust.

This summer I pray that you would do the same as you cast your anxieties. May you throw them as fast and as hard as you can, and leave them with Him Who cares for you. And if you find yourself tempted to take them up again, click on the link above and listen to the song or pray the prayer that is written below.

Blessings and I wish you a wonderful summer with joy, peace, and rest,

-Pastor Scotty

A Prayer For Casting Cares

O most loving Father, You call us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing You, and to lay all our cares on You, knowing that You care for us. Grant that fears and anxieties in this mortal life may not hide from me the light of Your immortal love shown to me in Your Son, Jesus. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.