Thursday, November 3, 2016
Collect for The Feast of All Saints
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
These first days of November always feel so liminal. We celebrate the Feast of All Saints this Sunday. This beautiful collect reminds us that we are “knit together in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body” of Christ with those blessed saints who have gone before us. What a striking image, and a wonderful reminder of our connection across time and space with the apostles, prophets and martyrs, as well as with our family members and friends who showed us how to love and what is important in life. This Sunday we will be reading all of the names of those who have died that you have submitted as part of the prayers of the people. We thank God for their role in our lives, and the gift of their blessed memory.
And don’t forget the Penny Social THIS Sunday at 12:00 p.m. This is one of the fun ways in which you can support Saint John’s Getty Square!
This is also the final week of an agonizing election cycle. Please vote! It is so important that we not become cynical or blasé about the fact that we are blessed to live in a democratic country with the precious right to vote for our governing officials. We Christians are people of faith and hope, and we thank God for all the blessings that we have been given in these United States of America.
The bulletins for the Service of Rededication and my Installation as your Priest-in-Charge on Saturday, November 12 at 10 a.m. are almost finished, and this will be a grand day indeed! Not only is our Diocesan Bishop, The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche, the Celebrant, with the wonderful author and priest The Reverend Barbara C. Crafton the preacher, but Mayor Spano will be present to honor the Firefighters who helped save the church a year ago from the horrendous fire right next door. We hope that Saint John’s Getty Square will be packed, so please continue to invite your friends and neighbors to rejoice with us in this renewed life we have been given through the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The First Sunday in Advent, November 27, will be our Stewardship Sunday. A mailing will go out in a week or two with pledge cards for 2017. It makes such a difference for you to let us know what your pledge will be for the year. It is the only way we can figure out our 2017 budget!
But in addition, this has everything to do with our faith in God. If we can’t trust God with our money, then how can we trust God with everything else in life? Saint John’s Getty Square is in a growing place right now. May you have the courage to step out on faith with us and support this vibrant life in Christ that is profoundly important to us all!
In Christ and with much love,
The Rev. Dr. Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge, St. John’s Getty Square