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October 28, 2020, 1:00 PM

This Sunday, we will focus on All Saints Day in our worship services and invite us to remember those whose lives have touched us but are no longer among us. All Saints Day is the appropriate moment in the life of the church to recognize, as the writer of Hebrews puts it, the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us but surround us still.   I invite you to gather the names of those significant people whom you have loved and who have loved you, especially those who have guided us in our faith, and who have gone to their reward.  During worship in both services, we will take time naming and lifting those for whom we are thankful and lighting a candle remembering and honoring them. 

In the Sanctuary service, Suszette, our prayer elder for the day, will invite each person to stand and share the names of those they wish to remember.  Suszette will light a candle as each person speaks and shares their list. We cannot pass the microphone. So, Suszette will invite you to speak loudly and those who are listening to listen well and know the person speaking is sharing names of those they have loved. We will hold them in prayer, knowing these folks are being lifted from the heart. 

In the Zoom service, we will do our sharing in break out rooms.  Since we will not be able to light candles collectively, I invite everyone to have a candle available to light as you share your list in our small groups.  When we come back together from our breakout rooms, we will hold our candles for a moment of silent reflection, and I will close this time in prayer.

On the following Sunday, I have asked my brother-in-law, Rev. Kyle Fauntleroy, a retired Navy chaplain, to bring the message for Veterans Day Sunday.  He preached for us two years ago and shared some of his experience serving as a Navy Chaplain.  I have asked him to consider sharing with us some of his experiences working in Kuwait where he helped to set up the military’s program for helping soldiers, sailors and marines transition from the battlefield to coming home for civilian life.  I think you will want to be in worship on the Nov. 8th.

On a personal note, let express my gratitude for the gift and recognition during Month of the Ministry. I am grateful for your willingness to explore a variety of options during this pandemic in how we do worship!  I know that none of it is perfect, nor the way we would really want it to be.  I look forward to the time when we can all be back in the Sanctuary to worship together, as I am sure you do as well.  While “nothing can separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8: 39) we are dependent on the Holy Spirit to keep us connected until that day comes!