Grace For The Summer

Pastor's Desk July 2019

Dear Freinds,

It has been over half a year since we became an official congregation, and during this time we have seen some amazing things happen. In December we had a wonderful Relaunch and Early Christmas service. In March we had our first Pancake Day and Ashes to Go. In June we had our first service in Thurgau and Rally Day. And last Sunday we celebrated three baptisms as we entered the summer season.

Truly, these past few months All Souls has seen some amazing things, and as I reflect upon them I am reminded of these words from Nadia Bolz-Weber:

God’s grace is a gift that is freely given to us. We don’t earn a thing when it comes to God’s love, and we only try to live in response to the gift. No one is climbing the spiritual ladder. (Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, pg. 49)

Since founding All Souls I have prayed that our Church would rightly respond to the grace of God, and so far we have managed (and are managing) to do just that. Instead of working to “prove ourselves”, we have opened up our hands and received the gift, and in so doing become a place without the pressure to be a “good Christian”. We have become a fellowship where no one climbs the spiritual ladder, and where works for God are done with joy and without the fear of judgement.

This summer I encourage you to press on in receiving the gift, and to daily look for it with open eyes in all that you encounter. May you see God’s grace in the people you will meet and the places you will go. May you see God’s grace in the joys and cares that will come about. May you see God’s grace as you rest and relax from work and school. And may you see God’s grace when this sunny season comes to an end.

Blessings and have a wonderful summer,