Already and Not Yet

Halloween first appeared in ~1550 as a contraction of All Hallows Even. The evening before All Saints Day. The rituals we observe today may have originated in early Celtic harvest festivals that were Christianized to ease converts into the faith.

Candles around baptismal font
Who will you remember this year?

The ritual observances of All Saints Day, while not as well known as Halloween, continue to guide the faithful in destroying the “shroud that covers all people,” the grief of death. At Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church our prayers of the people will include naming, lighting a candle, and ringing a bell for each person who died recently, especially if within the last twelve months.

Isaiah provides a glimpse of what All Saints Day leads toward:

On that mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast …
and he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces …
This is the LORD for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
— Isaiah 25:6-9 (NRSV)

Our worship service will conclude with celebrating the Lord’s Supper, a foretaste of the rich banquet that the LORD has invited all people to enjoy.

Members of this congregation have found this service very meaningful. We offer this service to anyone and everyone. Please contact the church office if you would like a name listed in our worship bulletin. Even if not listed, any participant my come forward with a loved one to name aloud.

I will have more to say about Isaiah 25:6-9 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

A Tip for Parents

The book of Revelation ends with a vision of a new heaven and a new earth. A place without crying, without death, without pain, and without sadness.

But will there be eyeglasses in heaven? I believe Revelation 21:5 hints at the answer.