Saturday, November 3, 2018
All Saints Day Services
Sunday, Nov 4th 2018
St. Peter’s Alberton 9:30 a.m.
St Luke’s O'Leary 11.15 a.m.
From PRAYING EACH DAY website (http://www.prayingeachday.org/Nov01.pdf) :
1 Today’s feastday of ‘All Saints’ isn’t about those who are publicly named as saints - each of those has their own feastday. Instead, on the Feast of ‘All Saints’ we think of many ordinary good people who walked with God in their daily lives, and who are now dead. Today is their feastday - the unmentioned saints - who now live in God’s presence. 2 In the early Church, “saint” was a name for a person whom today we would call a “committed Christian”. In the Bible - after the four gospels - we can find the word “saint” over 60 times. Each reference concerns living people who seek to follow Jesus. For example, Paul writes to some Christians: 3 “If any of the saints are in need, you must share with them.” Rom 1213 4 “To all of you in Rome whom God loves greatly, all of you called to be saints: may God our Father… send you peace.” Rom 17 5 This feastday of ‘All Saints’ also reminds us of our own potential, of what (hopefully) we are in the process of becoming. A Christian living 150 years after Jesus, wrote: “The glory of God is a person living fully.” 6 Paul writes to a group of “saints” - committed Christians - in the Greek city of Ephesus. He starts off that letter with the words: “To the saints who are faithful to Christ…” Eph 11 7 We’ll make our prayer today from other words in that same letter. 8 Let us pray: When I think of the greatness of God’s plan, I fall on my knees before God the Father. From his great wealth may he give us power through his Spirit that we may grow strong within. Through faith, may we discover that Christ has made his home within each of us. 9 Then, with our roots and foundations firmly built on God’s love, may we, with all of his saints, grasp just how wide and long and high and deep is Christ’s love. Yes, may we come to experience for ourselves the love of Christ so that we may be filled completely with God himself. 10 This prayer we ask of God who can accomplish far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. Amen. (based on Eph 3114-21)
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