RSS

Tag Archives: All Saints

Celebration of the Dead

I have often told people that there are only two guarantees in our life:

  1.  Everything will change.
  2. We will die.

Seriously, beyond these I am not aware of any guarantee we share will all of humankind.

Change is a challenge for us, because it does require us to step out of our comfort zone and step into the unknown.

Death is often another change for us, perhaps since it defies the above guarantee and is permanent.

Yet, All Saints Sunday is not a sober, sad ‘celebration’ of our deceased loved ones but a celebration in joy, which may seem unnatural and counter-productive (pointless). This celebration, respecting and honoring our departed loved ones seems to transcend culture and religious faith, but more intriguing is that the majority occurring the autumn, and more specifically between October 31 and November 2.

I am intrigued by this time of year, the autumn seasonal changes are beautiful and yet it is preparing the earth for a long, deep sleep or death. Perhaps, that is the reason for our acknowledgement of our own dead.

This morning, we celebrate All Saints Day, which is actually November 1. It is the center-point of a three day Christian festival celebrating our dead. Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 5, 2019 in Sermons

 

Tags: , , , , ,

All Saints 2018 (expanded)

Our service from the 1940s, the tolling of the bell, and the lighting of candles is a reminder of those who have come before us, especially our departed loved ones.

At this time of year, I am accused of being a “Christmas Hater”.

I have decided that I am not an actual “Christmas Hater”, but rooted in my OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) I desire each season and holiday to be their own experiences before experiencing the next.

Thus, I tell the (zealot) Christmas Lovers… “we have not even had the turkey yet!”.

As Christians, especially Protestants, we tend to not honor the different experiences of Allhallowstide in our time and place. Allhallowstide is a three-day celebration of our dead that begins with a holy evening known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween on October 31st.

Side Note: Halloween is actually my favorite holiday… so I am mourning its end.

The ancient world, differing cultures, and religious faiths believe that on October 31 (All Hallows Eve) the veil between our physical world and the spiritual (or otherworldly) realm is at its thinnest. In fact, our modern Halloween practices remain rooted in All Hallows Eve.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 4, 2018 in Sermons

 

Tags: , , , ,

In Faith, Trust, and … Pixie Dust?

Click Here for YouTube Video Summary

The Transcript:

On this All Saints’ Sunday, our texts came from Daniel 7 and Luke 6.
In Daniel, Daniel has a vision of four beasts that he is told will be leaders that emerge from the earth but that at the end of the day the kingdom will belong to the faithful.

[And] in Luke 6, we have the blessed and the woes which is Luke’s version of Matthew’s Beatitudes.

What is All Saints?
All Saints is (celebrated) the first Sunday in November and honors a trio of days where it is believed that the veil between our world and the Other World is at its thinnest. Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Sermon Summaries

 

Tags: , ,