Happy All Saints’ Sunday and welcome to “Standard Time” for all who observe Daylight Saving Time. Fall has come upon us in Chuckatuck although this last week was wonderful and inviting. It looks like some of the neighborhood critters enjoy the heat in the attic more than they do the outside world. The surprise visitor this week was the caterpillar that decided to attach their chrysalis to the handrail at the church door – a bright green chrysalis in November (I think someone is confused). But it adds to the wonder of God’s creation none the less.
We gathered on the (transferred) principal feast day in our Church – All Saints’ Sunday. We celebrated those who have come before us and have set the stage for our faith and ministry in our society. The only thing missing from worship was “I sing the song of the saints of God” but that’s okay. We heard Luke’s version of the Beatitudes and the encouragement to strive for the greater part that comes from a real relationship with God. Our Hebrew Scripture recounted a portion of Daniel’s vision and how we will overcome all the foes of the world in the end. Our Psalm reminded us to give thanks and sing “Hallelujah!” Today’s sermon focused on the letter to the Ephesians and the context it was formed in. We are reminded that many of our predecessors were small communities of believers, who didn’t always have great influence in their society, and yet they thrived by remembering who was the source of their strength and the reason they are: God.
Editor’s note: Ephesus is in Turkey not Greece; disregard the reference in the sermon.
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Readings: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31
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