Dear Saints and Sinners,
“Samuel Wells describes the character of faithful performance, as the church’s ongoing ‘improvisation’ of the Word, which extends the drama of scripture. To be a saint does not require one to have outstanding gifts or talents. All is required is that one employ all the resources of the church’s tradition….rather than create them for one’s self, and that long for the glory of the church’s destiny…rather than assuming one must achieve it oneself. In the present …one must seek in all ways to cooperate with the other members of the company, the communion of saints, rather than stand out from them as an isolated hero.” (Samuel Wells, “The Drama of Christian Ethics: Improvisation,” Brazos Press, 2004, pg. 43-44)
This Sunday in worship, we will observe All Saints Sunday. Martin Luther, the church reformer of the 1500’s, defined a saint as “ a forgiven sinner.” Who are the forgiven sinners who have shaped your life of faith? Take some time to prayerfully reflect with thanksgiving to God for the saints who left a mark upon you.
Bruce Springsteen has a new Album “Letter to You.” One of the songs is titled “Ghosts.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo5QNcFioZ4 Listen for the theme of the saints who surround you and cheer you on.
We hope to see you all at the Zoom gathering of The Well tonight, from 6-7pm. Psychologist Dr. Jack Stark will be our guest leader. Contact Vikki Luce firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not currently on the Well invitation list.
Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen