Nov. 3 – For All the Saints

Who gets to be called a Saint? For some Churches sainthood is limited to a select few. For Presbyterians, and other Reformed Churches, the roll of saints is much, much larger.

The Apostle Paul addresses his letters to “those called to be saints” implying all those who trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Thus on the first Sunday in November we give thanks for all those who were called to be Saints.

I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

Ephesians 1:16 (NRSV)

During the Passing of the Peace, I will challenge us to thank each person we greet, ideally recalling an example of their saintliness.

Candles around baptismal font
Who will you remember this year?

Later, during our Prayers of the People we will take time to thank those whom we call saints who have died within the past year (or so). We will include both those who were members of this congregation and those who were dear to those who worship here. Yes, you too may light a candle for someone whom you considered a saint.

I will have more to say about Ephesians 1:15-23 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd.
Robert Shaw, Pastor

How should we treat those who steal? What if they steal to feed themselves or their children?

Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you.
Treat others just as you want to be treated.

Luke 6:30-31 (CEV)

An owner of a larger grocery store once caught a woman stealing frozen dinners. When she told him that she needed to feed her family, he escorted her through the store placing potatoes, rice, and beans in her hands while telling her how to cook each item. Then sent her home with his blessing.