For all the saints who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name O Jesus be forever blest….Oh blest communion fellowship divine, we feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine, Alleluia! Alleluia!
ELW Hymn # 422 “For all the Saints”
Text William W. How, 1823-1897
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:2 (NRSV)
Ah, yes, the month of November is upon us. As all of the other months of the year, it is another busy one; a month full of events and happenings in our lives.
On November 4th of the Church Year Calendar, we celebrate All Saints Sunday. A day when we remember all those saints who have died, who now rest from their labors. We also remember that we are saints in fellowship with them through the grace and love of God as shown to us in Christ. It always makes me feel good that I am in fellowship with the loved ones I miss; it makes my heart smile.
We also celebrate Thanksgiving in November. A day set aside to come into God’s presence with thanksgiving for all the blessings God has given and continues to give to us. A day that seems to have been forgotten in the rush to get those Christmas ideas out in the stores.
On these days, may the Holy Spirit lead us to praise and give thanks to God. We give thanks for all those loved ones that influenced us and showed us God’s love. We give thanks for all those saints that helped us make us who we are today. May the Holy Spirit lead us to give thanks to God. We give thanks for all the blessings that God gives us each day; home, family, friends, food, cable television, harvest, health, too many to list.
Ah yes, the month of November is upon us. It is a very busy month for all of us, but let’s not let the business of our lives rule over our hearts. Wherever we may be, whatever we may be doing, let's give thanks for the salvation God promises us. The salvation, the fellowship we have with those who have died yet live eternally. Let’s give thanks for the blessings that we enjoy that are given to us by God and not of our own doing. Let the Spirit lead us that we may feel and appreciate how truly blessed we are in this world and in the next!
With a thankful heart, in Christ
Heartland Shared Ministries
November 2018 Newsletter