In the movie “St. Vincent” starring Bill Murray, a young boy whose parents have just divorced finds a mentor in his neighbor who is a cantankerous and loved war veteran. The movie ends with the boy honoring the man by choosing to research him for a class project on saints. “St. Vincent” highlights the concept that Lutherans consider all Christians simultaneously saint and sinner. Just as the young boy surprised the audience by naming Vincent a saint, God continually surprises us by calling each of us a saint through our baptism.
All Saints Sunday celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape, so do we remember all who have died in Christ since last All Saints Sunday.
On the Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, we will briefly remember each of our saints listed below during the sermon and toll a bell as each name is read.
We will gather at the Lord’s table with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.
In Christ – Pastor Doug
|Elizabeth (Betty) Beifus
|Renate & Lee Pernosky
|Charles (Chuck) Nagy
|Phyllis & John Postle