All Saints Messenger - April 16, 2015

posted Apr 16, 2015, 8:39 AM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This has been a week of loss at All Saints; The death of our beloved Sister in Christ, Patsy Walters and the departure of our beloved Director of Music Ministries, David Zoernig.  Patsy's Celebration of Life is today at 2 PM and David's last Sunday with us will be May 17th.


Loss is something we all must face numerous times throughout our lives.  The death of family and friends and the departure to places far and near of people who have impacted our lives in very positive ways.


During the Liturgical Season OF Easter we are constantly reminded of the new life that comes from death.  We hear it in the stories of Jesus and the disciples and we have each experienced it in our own lives when someone we loved very dearly passes and then days, weeks or years later something happens and we realize this thing that happened was directly related to the person we lost, because their resurrected spirit lives on in us.


So it is with this season of loss.  Patsy's smile, spirit, talent and hospitality will continue to live on in all who experienced her directly and it will live on in the Spirit of All Saints for her spirit lives on as one of the Saints of God.  For David, his creativity, spirit, energy and talent will live on in the hearts of those who sang in the choir, played hand bells, and those of us who listened and enjoyed his talent, spirit, and love of God and All Saints.


As Christians death and loss is part of the cycle of life.  We recall and vividly remember the Easter Resurrection story that God does not abandon us in death or grief but raises us to new life...a new life in Jesus Christ.  Paul reminds us that nothing separates us from the love of God, "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor heights, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus."  When we acknowledge this truth, we recognize that our truth is to live faithfully and journey faithfully with our Lord.


See ya Sunday,