November Newsletter

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”   ~Matthew 5:3-10

All Saints’ Day (November 1) is a time to remember the saints who have gone before us and to give thanks for the blessings God has given us to share with others. When we faithfully place ourselves in God’s presence, new possibilities for life and service become visible.

We have a role to play, along with the saints of old, in the story of God’s saving work. What might we do, as individuals and as the church, to welcome all people to live in God’s promise?

Saints are people whose whole life is about loving and serving God.  What would it mean in our everyday lives if we lived according to this passage from Matthew? How do our actions reflect our belief that we are part of a community of saints- that great group of faithful, past and present, the people truly Blessed?

This month:

·         Think of some special saints, and share what you know about them- or learn what you can.  Perhaps there are churches in our communities named after a saint. Or places you drive by every day. Who are some of the great people in the life of the church- living or dead- whose lives are good examples of Christian living? Remember, a person does not need to have the letters “St.” in front of his or her name to be a saint!

·         Gather pictures of people you want to remember, especially relatives or friends who live far away.  In some cultures, All Saints’/All Souls’ Day is traditionally a time to remember people who have died during the last year.  Say a special prayer, mentioning the names of those you wish to remember.

With love and thanksgiving,