Sunday brings reverence, candles, bells and naming as we join Christians in All Saints Sunday.
Our tradition is to share the names of all TUMC members who have died since last All Saints. This year we will also be naming a large representation of saints who have died during our 70 years.This is a high and holy day for us, and truly the “veil” lifts before our very senses. Since November 1 has already passed—the precise day of remembrance—please take a moment to read this meditation and reflect on the saints you have known.
A Prayer Meditation for All Saints Day
by Safiyah Fosua
We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you,
Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses
Where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Strong hands and those gnarled with age
Used as wave offerings across the land.
We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;
Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned,
Blue-collared or three-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.
Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those
who have gone before us.
Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love. Amen.
I’ll see you in church this Sunday,