Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gratitude in the Grove, Day Four

Today is Reformation Sunday. It is overcast and cold, but we dodged the winter mess that socked the East Coast. I took this picture outside of our church after services this morning. The skies opened up a little bit in the later afternoon, but not what you would call "clear."
The sky is blah, but the hospitality inside makes up for it.

I am so very thankful for our tiny, but vibrant church in Slippery Rock, All Saints Lutheran Church. The church is committed to hospitality, especially to the Slippery Rock University community. There are so many things to love about this church: it's small enough to know everyone, but large enough to to have young families, students, older members, retirees, and everyone in between. So often, churches tend towards one demographic or another; All Saints makes room for all the saints, so to say. I really appreciate and enjoy Pr. Scheer's sermons. He speaks on the given scripture text for the day and always focuses on who Jesus is and how He reconciles us to God. Pastor does not speak down to the congregation, but his sermons are articulate and intelligent. Besides, Asha really enjoys hugging him. All Saints uses a traditional liturgy and an old-fashioned organ, but don't think for a minute that this congregation is stuffy. I get choked up all of the time during the liturgy, the grace offered to me through the Word of God declared aloud and in Communion where Christ nourishes His people with Himself.

When Asha was here only a few weeks, we brought her to church strapped closely to my body in a baby carrier. Since then, the folks at All Saints have become her extended family. The teens play ping-pong with her in the church basement; and today Pr. Scheer's daughter sat with her throughout the service. According to Asha, they are now best friends. After service, Asha likes to run around the church and there are always at least a dozen eyes on her, making sure she doesn't get into trouble. When Asha was here only three months, we had her Baptized at All Saints. It was a really momentous occasion for us as a family, both spiritual and physical. I felt so united to her on that day, as I recalled after the event back when things were still so hard.
Pr. Scheer all in red for Reformation Sunday.

1 comment:

Emily said...

What a beautiful tribute to your pastor and church...I hope he gets a chance to read this.