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                                                                                         All Saints Day
All Saints Day is November 5 this year, the first Sunday in November.  We honor and celebrate those who were once in our lives and now are no longer with us. Though it can be a sad moment, it is also a moment of celebration of those who have made an impact and difference in our lives.  In fact, they may have changed our lives just by us knowing them.   It’s not just a candle floating in the water.  It is a loving reminder that our loved ones always remain within our hearts. 

“For All the Saints” is a hymn that we faithfully sing on the day of remembrance.  After our candles are lit in memory of our loved ones, we sing the words put to the glorious Ralph Vaughan Williams tune. The first verse goes like this:

                                                                 For All the saints who from their labors rest,
                                                                Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
                                                                            thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
                                                                                       Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Let’s remember those who may no longer be with us but live eternally in our hearts.  Alleluia, indeed!


                                                                       Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday Service    
                                                                                   November 22, 6:30 p.m
                                                                                           (And Pie, Too!)

It’s a tradition. All of your family has traveled in the car and through the air just to be with family.  Wednesday night is a time to sing our favorite Thanksgiving hymns and truly have a bit of calm to be thankful.  After an opportunity of service projects, sit down and have a piece of pie!  I think this first verse of “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” sums it up nicely:

                                                  Come, ye thankful people, come; raise the song of harvest home.
                                                              All be safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin.
                                                           God, our maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied.
                                                    Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

Gobble, gobble, gobble! Let us all be safely gathered.  Enjoy your family, and Happy Thanksgiving!