Dear Friends in Christ -

posted Nov 7, 2017, 12:22 PM by Shannon Vietmeier
I love the Festival of All Saints because it gives us a moment to pause and remember those saints who have been influential in passing on the faith in our own lives and those who supported the ongoing work of the church and now rest from their labors. All Saints is also a time to honor the communion of saints who gather around the gifts of God week in and week out. We celebrate that God has counted us worthy to be part of this merry band of sinners who praise the name of Jesus. 
 
Yesterday, as we prayed the Litany of Remembrance, I had no idea how relevant one of the petitions would be for this day. While we gathered for church, a small church in a small community in Texas, was attacked by a single gunman and 20+ people were murdered. It’s a horrific scene and one’s absolute worst nightmare. And yet, it seems the prayer is so applicable: “Help us in the midst of these things we cannot understand to trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” 
 
Please remember these sisters and brothers in your prayers. Pray that they would know God’s peace, comfort, and consolation and be sustained by the promises of Jesus. Pray that God would use this act of evil and transform it for the sake of his Kingdom of Mercy. Pray for the church throughout the world who faces such persecution every time they gather or bear witness to the Gospel! “Rejoice and be glad, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 5:12)
 
Lord, have mercy on us all; and peace to us we pray! 
Pastor Culynn 

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(November 12), you are invited to read:
1 Kings 18:17-40
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