Good Folks, it is Friday, November 1, 2019. It is also my beloved Edna’s birthday. Wishing her a great birthday. I will get her a cupcake with a candle on it.
November 1 is All Saints Day, a sometimes-overlooked holy day in United Methodist congregations. It is not nearly as well known as the day before, All Hallows’ (Saints’) Eve, better known as Halloween, but is far more important in the life of the church. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, enjoyed and celebrated All Saints Day. In a journal entry from November 1, 1767, Wesley calls it “a festival I truly love.” On the same day in 1788, he writes, “I always find this a comfortable day.” The following year he calls it “a day that I peculiarly love.” All Saints Day is an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith. It is a time to celebrate our history, what United Methodists call the tradition of the church. From the early days of Christianity, there is a sense that the Church consists of not only all living believers, but also all who have gone before us. For example, in Hebrews 12 the author encourages Christians to remember that a “great cloud of witnesses” surrounds us encouraging us, cheering us on.
On Sunday, November 3, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday, remembering all our church members that are now in the Church Triumphant from last year’s celebration. We will read their names, ring a bell, give thanks to God for their lives and know that we stand on their shoulders.
I will be preaching from Luke 6:20-31, Thank God for the Saints of the Church.
Daylight Savings Time is this weekend; fall back one hour.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From the Piñata:
- All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
- Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:34
- The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. Muhammad Ali
- And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:4