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  • Writer's picturePastor Elaine

Nov 19th, 2023 “All Saints Sermon ”


“May the words from my lips and the meditations of our hearts always be pleasing to you O God.”


My sermon today was inspired by the first verse of our reading from 1 John.


1 John 3:1

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God and that is what we are.”



Today we celebrate All Saints Sunday. This is the day that we celebrate the universal Church. The Church of the past, the Church of the present and the Church of the future.


Today our sanctuary is filled with photos of our loved ones who have gone before us.


I wonder what leaps of faith these saints took in their lives? What did their faith mean to them? Were they faithful? Did they feel that worship and community were important to their lives? How did they live?



In the weekly email I posed two questions about the people we are remembering this morning.


  1. What important things did this person or people teach you?

  2. Did this person or people impact your faith journey? And how?


I would like to get to know these saints better! I would like to invite you to share your thoughts on these 2 questions.


TIME TO SHARE (if people are willing!)



1 John 3:1 “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are.”



The Saints who came before us took many leaps of faith. Not the least of which was to start a mission Church in the middle of nowhere! And then they lept again when they made plans to expand - to build this beautiful sanctuary where we are blessed to worship together.


Last week we considered the importance of the Church always reforming. Perhaps we should also consider the leaps of faith.


This may well be where the Church is in our time. It may well be where our Lutheran Church may be in our time. It may well be where Advent is in our time - on our watch.



Christians live in in- between places, between the present reality and the future reality. As Christians caught between realities, we need to accept that in this state there will be creativity and new ways of being.


We need to remain open to this reality and allow it to move within our lives and transform our beings.


We see saintliness not only in the past persons but in family, friends and strangers who guide us to grow in holiness here and now.


Today we remember the saints who have gone before and we celebrate the saints that we live with now and we hold great hope for the Saints of the future.


AMEN




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