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November 1st we celebrate All Saints Day and I thought that you would appreciate some of the resources that are available here on Godspace to help you celebrate. Here are some suggestions on how to celebrate:
Remembering those who impact our lives, those who have gone before and those who are still with us is an important part of our faith. The Episcopal Church website explains:
Flow - Propers - Saints - Flock - Witnesses
We step aside from the flow of the propers and celebrate all the saints. We stop. We notice, We are surrounded by a flock of witnesses in our midst – many who have gone before us, some we are just now releasing, and still more with a full life ahead of them.
I love the Anglican tradition of renewing our baptismal vows on this day. Reminding ourselves of the journey we have taken personally is a good place to start in remembering the saints of God. In this tradition, all baptized Christians, living and dead known and unknown are considered saints of God. This means everyone including ourselves.
Saints - Day - Faith - Journey - Faithfulness
So as you get ready for All Saints Day think about your own faith journey. Remember the faithfulness of God in your past. Notice the movement of God in the present. Think about your hopes and dreams for the future. Get ready to celebrate all that you are as a saint of God.
But don’t stop there. This is a special day for celebrating. Here are some suggestions:
Plan - Remembering - Table - Nave - Congregants
Plan a special “remembering” table to set up in the nave. Have congregants bring photos or small memorabilia of dear ones who have gone before us and place them on the table. During the worship on All Saint’s Day hold a special blessing of the photos and memories. Our church, Saint Andrews Episcopal in Seattle provides white ribbons for people to write the names...
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