Thursday, November 1, 2018
All Saints' Sunday
This Sunday is All Saints’ Sunday. During the Prayers of the Church, we will remember before God those members (and others whom I have buried) who have died since November 1, 2017. This is one of my favorite Christian traditions. I love calling to our remembrance in worship the names of our dead who now live unto eternity. I love it because it proclaims the victory Christ Jesus has had over death - the deaths of our loved-ones in particular. This action declares to death “you have not won – this person and their memory have not been swallowed up by you!" As we remember them before God, we profess our belief in the communion of saints.
Hear the words of Jesus, as He addressed the Sadducees who denied the resurrection: “And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” (Matthew 22:31-32). The dead in Christ now stand before the Father’s throne in Heaven - worshiping Him and the slaughtered Lamb of God Who now reigns at His right hand. Many of us have known the unspeakable pain of hanging our head over the side of the casket of someone whom we cannot bear to let go. Knowing this anguish and heartache, it is very satisfying to spit in death's face by announcing that our dead are not gone - they now stand before God's throne in Heaven.
In Christ Jesus,