Sunday, November 01, 2009

All Saint's Day

Today's Saying

God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. ~John Aughey

Today the liturgical churches will celebrate All Saints Day.
In some sense it is special this year as it falls on a Sunday so even those churches that would never celebrate it during the week get to celebrate it. In most years they celebrate the Sunday after All Saints that is closest to the day as All Saints Sunday.
Because of the nature of the day there are a variety of texts available including two possible Gospels : John 11:32-44 and Matthew 5:1-12
All of the texts , including the one’s for the Old Testament are filled with promises for the faithful people of God at the end of time.
I love All Saints Day. Today we will sing for all the Saints one of my very favorite hymns.. But I expect that because we don’t seem to have the stamina of the Saints of years gone by we won’t sing all the verses.
This is the Sunday to lift up those special people who have gone before us.
Their stories are exciting.
Stories of standing for the faith even when it cost them their lives.
Stories of living with lepers and caring for them.
Stories of the creation of the first hospitals and orphanages.
Stories of unbelievable acts of love.
Stories of fighting to let the Word of God speak to everyone.
Stories of those Saints who have gone before us and now are part of that unnumbered multitude that stands around the throne of God.
On All Saints I like to come to Communion with the Orthodox image in my mind. We communion not just with the one’s we see but the one’s that have gone before.
I love All Saints.
An exciting meaningful All Saints to you all.

Pastor Joan Looked out the window and saw Last Lutheran. The beautiful stone building was gone. In its place an old wood frame Church. It had twenty steps up to the front door. It had an entrance to the fellowship hall next to the steps with four steps down just inside the entrance. It was not handicapped accessible .
Today she would climb the twenty steps to the worship center and then the twelve steps up into the pulpit. There would be no loud speaker system but the Church was made to carry her voice. From her high pulpit she would send God’s Word down to the people.
She would tell them that she didn’t understand any better than anyone else how they got there..She wasn’t even sure where there was. This is part of her sermon:
“ I am as confused as you are.
I don’t know how we traveled back in time or even if that is what happened.
I don’t know if we will ever get back to 2009 and our Pigeon Falls again.
But I do know this for sure– The Lord is my Shepherd. God has not left go of us,
The God of our baptism is as real here as He was in 2009.
He loves us as much here as He did there.
We can hang on to that.
This is All Saints Day.
Before us were the heroes of the faith who trusted God.
They trusted when the persecutions came.
They trusted when the illness came.
They trusted when they stood against Kings and leaders.
As they were thrown to the lions they trusted.
As they were burned at the stake they trusted.
As the got leprosy from the people they served they trusted.
When the famine came they trusted.
That trust allowed them to lift high the faith.
That trust gave them courage.
Today on this All Saints Day we need to join them in trusting.
Let God give us the courage to go on whatever happens.
The Lord is our Shepherd.


Blogger Gattina said...

We celebrate All Saints day too. I remember when I was a child in Germany we put little colorful candles on the window shields to honor the deads.
In Belgium it's a day where everybody suddenly remembers that they have some family members on the cimetary. Chrisanths are bought in all colors and put on the graves ! big business for the shops. The cimetaries usually empty and unflowered look suddenly like a county fair and full of colors. People ran from cimetary to cimetary to put flowers on aunts and uncles graves, go home, have a wonderful meal and watch TV. That's All Saints day here.

1:00 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

We always have candles burning today for those who have gone before us in special remembrance.

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1:21 AM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

It's easy for many to forget the Christian side of this time of year. Thanks for the reminder.

1:37 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

You make it sound so joyous, I can't wait to go to church this morning!

3:08 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Joyous? All Saint's Day? Why not? Yes it is a day to honor the memory of those now gone from us and with memories, often sadness comes but isn't it joyous too, knowing and believing that they have reached the pinnacle and share life now with the Holy Trinity. Just my theory anyway.

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Dulce said...

Really nice Dr. Today you can see all those relatives taking flowers to their Dead.It's moving.Busy flower shops open on a Sunday...

4:19 AM  
Blogger Call Me Cate said...

All Saints Day wasn't part of my up-bringing but I do like the idea of it. Thank you for posting about it. And thanks for playing 6WS!

4:46 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

In some ways I feel sad for those Christians who don't use a church calendar year and miss remembering the various milestones and remembrances of the Christian era.

5:28 AM  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

Dr. John, I hope you eventually put all of your Pigeon Falls posts into a book, find an illustrator, and try to get it published. The world will be a poorer place if you don't.

And I can't wait to find out what happens next....

6:04 AM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

Have a lovely Sunday, Dr. John!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I attended the early service this morning -- which is ALL liturgy ... all sung - it would still be in latin if Pastor could get away with it! I didn't know a single song... and the early service doesn't get the full blown sermon... Today was NOT my favorite church day. BUT I did get communion! :)

Started a new class on evangelism today. I enjoyed that! This is not "in your face" evangelism -- so I liked THAT even more!

I'm so sorry the church has disappeared. I hope the town finds some way to deal with this - because if the old lady has to be bought off now, I can't IMAGINE what it will cost them!

(your imagination has really taken an interesting turn... I'm liking it!)

8:10 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Happy Sunday! May God Bless you and your family.

PS. I hope you're not going to boo Brett. It will be interesting.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Perhaps the building will rise again amidst the rubble.
Love Di

1:45 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Our Pastor did this scripture LAST week. We did next week's scripture this week. I am wondering why ... I think I'll ask!

And I hope the church in Pigeon Falls finds it's way back to where it should be -- though as Pastor Joan says, no matter where they are, God is there with them -- in fact, he was there waiting for them before they arrived.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Finding Pam said...

We celebrate All Saint's Day by lighting a candle and ringing a bell for every member of our church that has passed in the last year. It is a very stunning moment to remeber all the great folks that have passed and gone before us.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Truly appreciated.

I hope Pigeon Falls gets their church back. Sorry I have not been following that close, so I am out of the loop.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Melissa B. said...

Lovely, thoughtful post. And, feliz Dia de Los Muertos!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Wow, a switcheroo church!

10:36 PM  
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