As I write this, it is already Halloween and we find ourselves staring down the road to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our Children’s Ministry is engaged in “Operation Christmas Child,” a mission delivering Christmas gifts to children all over the world. We invite you to be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world through the power of a simple gift. Cindy Vason’s team is wrapping up the project this Sunday, but it is not too late to be a part of this impactful ministry! Simply visit the Children’s Ministry table after worship on Sunday and they will assist you.
Sunday we will honor All Saints’ Day. Historically, saints’ days began as a yearly commemoration of the day of a martyr’s death. As time passed and persecution in the early church continued, saint’s days began to accumulate. Eventually, there were so many martyrs to remember the church decided to designate one day a year to memorialize all of those who had given their life in service to the church, All Saints’ Day.
Today in the Presbyterian Church, rather than elevate a group of people as saints to revere, we celebrate what God has done in and through all of those in the body of Christ who have gone before us. It is a day in which we marvel at the restorative work that God has done and is doing through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a God who makes the impossible possible, who brings the dead to life.
This is a time for us to grieve together as we remember family members and friends who have died in this past year. But we do not grieve as people without hope, but rather as people who expect to see the glory of God.
Important Reminder: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night, or you might wind up at worship an hour early.
Enjoy the extra hour of sleep, and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship. If you have time, you will find it helpful to read Deuteronomy 6:1-9
as you prepare for worship.
See you there,