West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
We are quickly approaching the busy holiday season, when our attention is drawn to celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. But before we get there we have All Saints Day, which is Nov. 1. (Our congregation will celebrate All Saints Day in our worship this Sunday, Nov. 2.) In our larger culture we hear more about the night before All Saints Day, which we know as Halloween, but for the church All Saints should be the greater focus.
What is All Saints Day? It is a time to honor and remember those whom we have lost to death in the past year. It is also a time to affirm our Christian hope of life after death, of eternity spent in God’s presence after our time in this life ends. It is a time to raise our eyes from the day-to-day busyness and concerns of life and remember that we are on a longer journey, and part of what God is doing in our world.
This year in particular our congregation has been hit hard by loss. We have lost long-time faithful members, whose memory we will honor this Sunday. Many others of us have lost loved ones who were not a part of this congregation, but were and are a part of our lives. We feel their loss and they are never far from our thoughts.
One of the great blessings of being part of a faith community – a church – is that we can share our grief and support one another in our loss. We do this with a kind word, a sympathy card, a phone call or visit to someone who is hurting. We will also support one another in our All Saints worship service this Sunday. We remind one another of the great faith we share, and God’s great promise to comfort us when we mourn and to bring us to eternal life at the end of our days.
We also support one another as we continue to be the good church that we are – as we continue worshiping, serving, and giving. We remind those who grieve that our life together continues on, not ignoring their grief, but embracing them in their sadness and continuing to value them as vital members of our church family.