Each year we take time to remember those in our lives who have made a difference. On All Saint’s Sunday (always the Sunday close to November 1) we particularly remember those from our congregation, our families, and our wider relationships who have died. Our Christian faith affirms that though their loss is heart-rending and changes us forever, we are never without the greater hope that death does not define either them or us. Love is stronger even than death, and the gifts God has placed in our loved ones, rest now with us, even as their spirits rest now with God.
This coming Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at our regular worship time we’ll pause in both celebration and memory to honor those among us who have died with an uplifting service of music and prayer. Remembering the work of the “saints” who have gone before us, we’ll also celebrate the saintly work God is giving us in the form of our ministries to children, seniors, families, those impoverished and hurting, and all who seek God’s grace. We’ll do that by gathering in our estimated pledges and tithes for next year’s budget so we can faithfully and carefully plan our way forward.
It’s going to be a great service and we hope you can join us!
–Rev. Kent and Rev. Rachel