In Touch November 5, 2010
Posted on November 5, 2010 by under Touché,

All Saints and New Members

This Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Sunday at Gatherings, Foundations (with liturgical dance) and Fusion (with a new youth band, CrossRock).  We will light candles and remember the faithful who have died since last All Saints Sunday.  I will read aloud the names of members of our congregation who have died.  I will then ask any who would wish to share a name to come forward, light a candle and speak the name.

As I looked over the list of those who have gone on to greater glory this past year, I recognize people who have served the church and their Lord well. This year we said our earthly good-byes to HRC members: Alma Garven, Tina Rentsch, Dawn Bell, Dolly Webb, Marge Sawyer and Bill Weeks.  I think of the years of service to this congregation that those names reflect and I am humbled.  Each name on the list was a Saint in Christ who served his church well.

This Sunday begins our Fall New Members group and as I remember those to whom we have said good-bye, I wonder about the many ways a new group of Christ followers will serve.  It is the rhythm of ministry and life in the church that we continue to grow and celebrate.  If you are interested in membership, or finding out more about the church you can meet with us from 4- 5:30 PM upstairs in the Consistory room.

We are a living church and it really is true when we recall the lives of those who have died.  Members in the past have built this into a place where people find life in Christ.  Members in the present will leave a legacy of service and love that will carry on the cause for Christ and His kingdom.  I am glad that I am a part of this rhythm and I am sure you are too.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.   In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

From This Side of Heaven,