All Saints Sunday

This Sunday during worship we will be celebrating All Saints Day.

One of the things that I love about All Saints Day is that it reminds us that we are not alone.  All Saints Day is an occasion to celebrate the faithful of the past, present and future who touch our lives.  We give thanks for beloved ones who have died, for those are working right now to make real God’s vision of wholeness, and for our children and youth who give us hope for the future.

Saints are not models of perfection but rather are people who open themselves up to the work of God in their lives.  Martin Luther, the initiator of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, says that we are a mixture of saint and sinner, each of us.

As we approach the celebration of All Saints Day, I invite you to reflect: Where do you find inspiration these days?  Who provides encouragement on your path?  Who helps you to remember you are not alone?*

Who are the saints in your life that you would like to honor?

I invite you to bring pictures or objects that represent the saints in your life — past, present and future – to worship on Sunday.  We will place these objects and photos on the tables around the worship space as a way to honor all the saints.

If you cannot make it to worship on Sunday, feel free to honor saints by sharing photos or stories via our Facebook group.

Blessings on your week,

Pastor Joy

*These questions were written by Jan Richardson in the post Inspire: A Feast of All Saints, which can be found on her website “The Painted Prayerbook.”

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