Thursday, October 31, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for All Saints Sunday
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,

On Sunday, November 3rd we will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints, a time when we remember those great souls who kept the faith throughout history, as well as our beloved family members and friends who have died, especially in the last year. This multitude of saints who surround us with a great cloud of witnesses, serve as a reminder that we are part of the Body of Christ that exists now and extends back through time and forward into eternity. Thank you to everyone who has submitted names of those who have died to be read aloud as part of our Celebration.

We are also thrilled that we will be baptizing four children during our 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism.  They are Jessica Detz, Jayson Detz, Roland Smith and Jaevonne Smith.  Please hold them in your prayers as we prepare to welcome them into the household of God.  Saint John’s Festival Choir, under the direction of Jason Slayden, will be singing “Baptized in water, sealed by the Spirit” by Eugene W. Hancock (1929-1994) with text by Michael Saward (b. 1932).  The Choir will be singing at the piano in front this Sunday with Jason playing and adding his own voice to the mix.  You won’t want to miss this!

Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK an hour this Saturday night!  This will give us more sunlight in the morning, less in the late afternoon.  The gift is an extra hour of sleep.

The Farmers Market on Halloween has been a particularly small one, what with the rain and forecast of strong winds this afternoon and evening.  Thanks to all who, despite the weather, have helped out with our Bread sales (Carol Craft and Bobby D’Amato), our CafĂ© (Fatima Mishk and Marion Eich) and with our Thrift Store (Arlene Tracey, Anetta Giovanna, Denise Hackl, Carol O’Brien, Janice Soto).  Only three Farmers Market Thursdays left, so don’t forget to add these three upcoming November Thursdays to your calendar!

Prayers for all of us in this very liminal time when heaven and earth feel particularly close.  And may we be strengthened in our faith and devotion as we contemplate those brave souls who have gone before us and who help to give us courage to bear witness to the truth against all adversity!

Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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