All Saints Lutheran Church

4325 SW Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, TX 76017

Office: 817-483-1631

CLC: 817-483-6692

Fax: 817-483-8731

Email: office@allsaintsarlington.org

URL: http://allsaintsarlington.org/

Services:

Traditional: 8:45 AM

Contemporary: 11:00 AM

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For All the Saints - February 25, 2019

Dear friends,

We offer membership classes at All Saints twice a year, in the fall and spring. The spring 2019 class begins this Sunday, March 3, at 10:15am between services. The classes are each about 35 minutes long. It will run until Palm Sunday (April 17), and new members will be received on April 21, Easter Sunday.

Membership in a particular Christian congregation is an interesting phenomenon… Traditionally, it was a prerequisite for basic participation in milestones of Christian faith and life, such as baptism of a child, confirmation, partaking of Holy Communion, being married in the church, or Christian burial. In recent decades, some church bodies have construed membership not as an initial point of entry into the life of the congregation, but a point of deep commitment, undertaken only when fully immersed in the life and leadership of the congregation. Some consider membership essential to their Christian identity, and others consider “signing on the dotted line” of membership completely irrelevant to their life of faith.

In the article "Teaching on Membership", I address several questions about church membership:

  • What does the Bible say?
  • How does our biblical worldview inform us?
  • What are some practical reasons for membership?
  • What are some poor reasons for considering membership?

I encourage you to read the full article at our website. But in the constraints of this space, I pose the concluding question of the article, “Is it the right time?” as follows:

Membership is a way that we live out our baptism, and thus our new identity as members of the Body of Christ, fully embracing the responsibility and mutual accountability that comes with that identity. It’s a serious decision. So before joining, you should:

  • Learn – Do you understand what All Saints teaches, and what we’re all about? (The new members’ course is a great way to explore that, even if you don’t end up joining!)
  • Pray – Ask God if this is the local congregation to which he has called you. If it is, then what are you waiting for? If not, then where IS he calling you? It’s important that you be where God wants you to be, and rest assured that we will still love and care for you in this community of faith for as long as it takes you to figure that out.
  • Decide – Are you willing to participate not only in All Saints’ worship, but by God’s grace to grow in faith as a disciple of Jesus Christ? After all, that is our mission!

If and when you have satisfied these questions, I encourage you to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and become an official member of All Saints. It’s a visible way in which we express our biblical and practical understanding of God’s work in our lives through baptism, bringing us into the Body of Christ in a real and tangible manner. But if you are still working through these questions, please do not hurry, and do not feel pressured. You are always welcome here, as a part of our worship and our service. We are glad to come alongside you on your journey of faith, and support you as you seek to follow Jesus!

Thanks, and God bless,

Pastor John


Scripture Readings through February 25
  • Monday, February 25
    • Genesis 33:1-17
    • 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
    • Psalm 38
  • Tuesday, February 26
    • 1 Samuel 24:1-22
    • 1 Corinthians 11:17-22, 27-33
    • Psalm 38
  • Wednesday, February 27
    • Leviticus 5:1-13
    • Luke 17:1-4
    • Psalm 38
  • Thursday, February 28
    • Deuteronomy 9:1-5
    • Acts 3:11-16
    • Psalm 99
  • Friday, March 1
    • Deuteronomy 9:6-14
    • Acts 10:1-8
    • Psalm 99
  • Saturday, March 2
    • Deuteronomy 9:15-24
    • Luke 10:21-24
    • Psalm 99
  • Sunday, March 3
    • Exodus 34:29-35 (Used in worship)
    • Psalm 99
    • 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
    • Luke 9:28-36 (Used in worship)
  • Monday, March 4
    • Exodus 35:1-29
    • Acts 10:9-23a
    • Psalm 35:11-28
  • Tuesday, March 5
    • Ezekiel 1:1-2:1
    • Acts 10:23b-33
    • Psalm 35:11-28
  • Wednesday, March 6
    • Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 (Alt: Isaiah 58:1-12; used in worship)
    • Psalm 51:1-17 (Used in worship)
    • 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 (Used in worship)
    • Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 (Used in worship)
  • Thursday, March 7
    • Exodus 5:10-23
    • Acts 7:30-34
    • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
  • Friday, March 8
    • Exodus 6:1-13
    • Acts 7:35-42
    • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
  • Saturday, March 9
    • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
    • John 12:27-36
    • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
  • Sunday, March 10
    • Deuteronomy 26:1-11
    • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 (Used in worship)
    • Romans 10:8b-13 (Used in worship)
    • Luke 4:1-13 (Used in worship)
  • Monday, March 11
    • 1 Chronicles 21:1-17
    • 1 John 2:1-6
    • Psalm 17