Enews: Sunday, November 7, 2021

November 7th, 2021

24th Sunday after Pentecost

Virtual & In Person Worship

All Saint’s Sunday

Service of Communion

Native American Heritage Month

 

November 1 is All Saints Day, (first Sunday in November is All Saint’s Sunday) a sometimes-overlooked holy day in United Methodist congregations. It is not nearly as well known as the day before, All Hallows’ (Saints’) Eve, better known as Halloween, but is far more important in the life of the church.

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, enjoyed and celebrated All Saints Day. In a journal entry from November 1, 1767, Wesley calls it “a festival I truly love.” On the same day in 1788, he writes, “I always find this a comfortable day.” The following year he calls it “a day that I peculiarly love.” This may sound odd. United Methodists don’t believe in saints. Right? Well, yes… and no. Wesley cautioned against holding saints in too high regard. The Articles of Religion that he sent to the Methodists in America in 1784, include a statement against “invocation of saints” (Article XIV—Of Purgatory, Book of Discipline ¶104). Wesley did not see biblical evidence for the practice and discouraged Methodists from participating. However, he also advised against disregarding the saints altogether.

In an All Saints Day journal entry dated Monday, November 1, 1756, Wesley writes, “How superstitious are they who scruple giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of his saints!” If your 18th century English is as rusty as mine, it might help to know that the word scruple means not doing something because you think it’s wrong. All Saints Day is an opportunity to give thanks for those who have gone before us in the faith. It is a time to celebrate our history, what United Methodists call the tradition of the church.

From the early days of Christianity, there is a sense that the Church consists of not only all living believers, but also all who have gone before us. For example, in Hebrews 12 the author encourages Christians to remember that a “great cloud of witnesses” surrounds us encouraging us, cheering us on. Charles Wesley, John’s brother, picks up on this theme in his hymn that appears in our United Methodist Hymnal as “Come, Let Us Join our Friends Above,” #709. In the first verse, he offers a wonderful image of the Church through the ages:

Let saints on earth unite to sing, with those to glory gone,
for all the servants of our King in earth and heaven, are one.

On All Saints Day (Sunday) we can remember all those who are part of the “communion of saints” we confess whenever we recite The Apostles’ Creed. We share stories of those “to glory gone.” Retelling these stories grounds us in our history. These memories teach us how God has provided for us through the generosity and sacrifice of those who have come before us. The stories of the saints encourage us to be all God has created us to be. (fragments from All Saints Day by Joe Lovino – United Methodist Communication)

Link to Facebook Live

Order of Worship for Sunday, November 7


Revelation 21:1-6a

“God does not simply replace all that has been broken, defiled, betrayed, polluted, adulterated, or even in our understanding or experience, destroyed. Rather, somehow God gathers it all up and makes the old new again. God redeems what we thought was beyond the human capacity for hope. Again and again. And again. And from what I have seen and heard and known, although the promises held in today’s words are future oriented, we get a sense of their wonder even now”. Rev. Dr. Janet H. Hunt

 

 

 

 


Prayer

O Holy One, we give thanks for our ancestors of the faith: for Sarah and Hagar and Abraham, for Ishmael and Isaac and Rebekkah, for Leah and Rachel, Jacob and Esau, Bilhah and Zilpah, for Dinah and Tamar and Judah and his brothers. We pray we might grow and learn from them, from their blessings and mistakes, that have helped shape our faith stories passed down to us through today.

On this All Saints Sunday, we remember and give thanks for those who have guided us in our lives to You, who have been examples for us of Your love, mercy, and justice. We thank You for those for whom we learned from their mistakes, and those whose loss is still tender in our hearts. In many cultures and traditions, we celebrate and honor our ancestors. Today, we honor those who helped give birth to Your body here on earth, the church that binds us.

O God: may their memory bless us, and may we understand our tears to be holy. Until that day when every tear is wiped away and sorrow and death are no more, may we remember and give thanks, holding our hearts in gentleness. For we know that You will restore all things, bind all things, and carry us forward into eternity through the love of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Just a friendly reminder we are under MASK mandate for all indoor facilities.

So please while in our building 

wear your masks.

 


Pastor Luis will be in worship on Sunday, but not returning to the office full time yet, as he is not medically cleared for driving.

For any office/business/pastoral care related matters please contact Jennifer at 630/627-2508 x 301 or jennifer@firstumclombard.org and she will assist you.

 


Tuesday, November 9th

Private Memorial  Parlor -10am

Naomi Circle  in the Parlor -1pm

Trustees Meeting on ZOOM 6:30pm

Thursday, November 11th           

Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording

Sunday, November 14th         

25th Sunday after Pentecost

Christian Formation Hour @ 8:45am

 

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