The Communion of Saints

THIS SUNDAY:

LECTIONARY
Revelation 7:9-17
Ps. 112
1 Cor. 13
John 13:12-17

SERMON
Dcn. Francis Capitanio

All Saints Day celebrates the mystery and joy of God’s Family on Mission.

We give thanks to God for the countless people—both the famous and the forgotten-to-historians—who finished the “race marked out for them,” having followed Jesus, the “pioneer and perfecter of faith” who embraced their deaths in his own for the joy of bringing them safely home (see Hebrews 10 and 11). They are our Family.

We give thanks also that, with them and because of Jesus, we who yet live and labor can boldly pray “Our Father in heaven . . . .” Our fellow-believers with whom we worship, confess, train, witness, serve, rejoice, weep, welcome, work, play, pray, trust, hope, and love—they, too, are our Family.

The Family Mission we share, both with those whose work is finished and with those whose work continues, remains the mission of Jesus: “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Cor. 5:14-15).

Our Family Mission unfolds in many ways, illustrated in Romans 12—</div>

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

As we celebrate our congregation’s Feast Day, we celebrate our Family and our Mission.

A member of our Family has gotten married and moved away—Amy Nyhus (now Amy Hubbell). This Saturday, November 3rd at 4:00pm, we’ll pay tribute to her fruitful ministry with us. Bring your stories of being blessed by Amy and your words of words of encouragement for Amy and her new husband Erron.

While we’re paying tribute to Amy downstairs in the lower church hall, our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers from Holy Family Parish will be worshipping upstairs in the sanctuary. While the heating system in their church building is being repaired, we’re grateful to be able to “share with the Lord’s people who are in need.”

Later, at 5:30pm on Saturday, we’ll have a time to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and to “practice hospitality.” Invite friends to come share a meal (and some songs) with us at 5:30 in our annual All Saints Party.

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