This Sunday we celebrate The Feast of All Saints, even though the actual feast day is November1. All Saints is the only day in the calendar that the Prayer Book permits us to celebrate twice - once on the actual date and then again on the Sunday following. Without delving into the differences between All Saints and All Souls and thus between the Church Triumphant and the Church Expectant, we will content ourselves with saying that this is when we give thanks for all those faithful servants of God who have gone before, “who rejoice with us, but upon another shore and in a greater light, that multitude which none can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom, in this Lord Jesus, we for evermore are one".”
In keeping with this celebration, I encourage you to be thinking about who those saints might be in your own life. When you come to church on Sunday, you will find at the back of the church alongside the regular Prayers of the People, a list of those names whom we will remember at the altar. Add the names you bring to the list, so we can include all the saints in the lives of our congregation.
Two quick notes about attending this Sunday: it’s Time Change Sunday, so don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night, and this is the Rock n Roll 5k this Sunday. When you arrive you will see signs saying you can’t park on Washington Avenue, but that will not be enforced until noon on Sunday. We’ll make sure to have you out of church by then, so park as you normally would. See you on Sunday!