We Remember and Honor
Some of Our Beloved Saints
For more than eight months we have followed heath officials’ orders not to gather as a large group in our sanctuary due to the coronavirus. Besides not worshipping together in person, we have had to postpone numerous memorials of church members and friends as well. A Christian memorial is an act of worship which gives witness to the resurrection hope in Jesus Christ and honors the life and memory of a person with whom we shared faith. When we gather in this way, we honor the value of that person’s life and give thanks for the gift she or he was to us from God. By participating in a memorial we convey our love and care for a deceased person’s family and we are reminded of our own mortality and how we make use of time.
Sunday, November 1 is All Saints Day. This Christian celebration honors the lives of saints throughout Church history. As Protestants, we do not observe the Roman Catholic tradition of praying to saints or through them, but we remember our connectedness with these followers of Christ, both famous and common, and how their lives and words contributed something to our own.
As part of our online worship this Sunday we will present a video in honor of saints with whom we shared life together, whose memorials we have been unable to conduct or attend during this pandemic. We take this opportunity on All Saints Day to remember these members and friends of our congregation and give thanks for their life and witness as examples of God’s faithfulness.