Surviving Loss: All Saints Sunday
This Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Sunday. A day when Christians celebrate the lives of precious saints who have gone home to glory. Their faith spurs us on in our faith.
In the Methodist tradition, All Saints Sunday reminds us to give thanks to God for those who have influenced us in our faith journey. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. But also, pastors, Sunday School teachers, and church friends. We also celebrate the ancestors of the Christian Church, such as the Apostle Paul and John Wesley.
But here's the thing - saints are not just the giants of faith like Abraham and Moses. No, any believer in and follower of Christ alone is a saint. So that means you, too!
And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.
Romans 8:27, NRSV
All Saints Sunday reminds us of our connectedness in Christ. We are connected to the saints of old, as well as the saints all around the world. One day, someone will give thanks to the Lord for how you influenced them in the faith. Join me in prayer: Lord, we thank You for the saints who have gone home to be with You. We thank You for the faith of our ancestors and church leaders along the way who have helped us to grow in our faith. May we do the same for generations to come, that we all may be united in Christ. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
This Sunday we will close out the sermon series: I’m a Survivor by talking about Surviving Loss. The UMW will also do the service of candle lighting and read the names of those we hold dear, and I will read the names of those who moved from our congregation and joined the Church Divine! To register for worship, you can sign up at https://rsvp.church/r/gVufUAP4 . You can also join us online at 10:00am. For online worship go to www.umcgt.org.
Service of Remembrance will be on Wednesday, November 17, at 6:30pm. This will be a time of prayer, music, and remembering our loved ones who will not be with us for the holidays. The Care Team and I will be on hand to offer personal prayer after the service.
Daylight Savings Time Ends!!!!!
It happens every year. Daylight Savings Time begins, and Daylight Savings Time ends. Personally, I would rather have the extended daylight in the evening, but no one consulted me. So, on Saturday, November 6, before you go to bed, don’t forget to set your clock one hour BACK !
See you Sunday (one way or another)!