FROM THE PASTOR

“The Impossible Dawn”

The new day seems an impossible dawn…You do know what I mean, don’t you?  As life goes on in its confusions of love and hate.  Humility and pride, giving and taking, wanting and rejecting, it happens, rarely for some, too frequently for others; the unredeemable deed committed, the unhealable wound inflicted, the irreparable damage done.  If only we could wake to a new morning with the blunder forgotten, forgotten in our own minds and in the hearts of those we hurt.  Oh, if only a day would come when we could say, “Today is a new beginning, I start out fresh, the road is clear before me, clear of all the pitfalls of the past.”  If only, if only.  Sin dogs our footsteps.  The guilt hangs on, and that new day seems an impossible dawn.

When will we learn what this true story in the gospel means?  When will we learn that in the resurrection of Christ, our Lord God is telling us that all things are possible with him.  No guilt is unconquerable.  No sin beyond absolution.  God has raised up and given new life to the corpse of Christ, and the God who did that can and does have power to forgive all sins, to redeem all souls.  No one is beyond the reach of a God whose hands extend into the grave.  When will we learn that this is what the resurrection is all about?  God loves me.  God loves me, with a love that can move in my life and forgive my sin and turn me around and make me new.  The Impossible Dawn of redemption and forgiveness is made possible by the power of God, who raised Jesus from the dead.  (Excerpts from a sermon by Walter Kortrey.)

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen indeed, Alleluia!
Pastor Ann Marie Winters

 

JOINING HANDS / JOINING HEARTS:  Rev. Ann Marie Winters and David Allen Perkins invite you to share in the joy of their wedding Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 11:00 in the morning at St. Paul Lutheran Church; refreshments to follow.  (We’re joining two households:  no gifts please.)

 

CELEBRATE GRAND-FAMILIES“Celebrate Grand-families” is a new support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren.  St. Paul is reaching out to support these families with Christian compassion and a place to meet and discuss their needs.  We are starting the group with five families from the community, and more are welcome, if you know of anyone who would fit in.  While the grandparents meet, we will have crafts, games, bible stories, snacks, help with homework, tutoring, and a fun social time for children.  Church members are needed to help with the children.  Sessions in April will be on Saturdays, April 14 and 28, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact Brenda Ceplecci or Pastor Winters to help.