Welcome to this week’s E-bridge
Week of November 3, 2013
DON’T FORGET TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT!!!
Looking ahead to our scripture:
This week’s Scripture come to us from Luke 6:20-31. The powerful words of the beatitudes flow across the hillside and enter into the minds and hearts of those who sat on that hillside. All of them saints in the heart of the divine. You, too, are a saint, and this week we will remember the saints of the Seymour Church and community who have passed on to the eternal during this past year.
The festival of All Saints has become one of the more misunderstood celebrations in the Church year. In liturgical traditions the day has held a high place in the Church’s calendar of feasts and festivals, resounding with the joy of Easter and God’s promise of resurrection made concrete in the raising of Jesus Christ and granted in the particular to all Christians through Holy Baptism. In non-liturgical traditions, however, All Saints Day is scarcely known and rarely observed. In fact, the secular corruption of the festival, Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, stands as a nearly unrecognizable vestige of the festival and demonstrates the insignificant and even ominous place to which it has been relegated.
This Sunday we will raise up the banner so to speak – sing the powerful songs of the Saints, remember our past and maybe look around in the pews and witness today’s saints as we share in the bread and cup. You too are a saint.
SATURDAY, November 23rd
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
24 Craft and Specialty Vendor tables, offering hand-painted wooden Santa Claus figurines and ornaments; snow people and soft sculptured snowmen; silk flower arrangements; Amato’s Toy & Hobbies with children’s books, puppets, puzzles, games and craft kits; knitted and crocheted dog coats, towels, pot holders, sweaters, scarves, hats & purses; gift items for cats and the cat lover; wire sculptured jewelry; “Make a Bracelet” and a “Thirty-One” rep will be in the choir room. Our Sunday school will also have tables with items for sale. We will also have an author with her book “Wings Up” and reps from: Tastefully Simple, Origami Owl, Scentsy Candles, Silpada Designs, Party Lite and Tupperware. Raffles for: Gift baskets, wreaths, homemade quilt and decorated trees; ladies boutique, baked goods table, craft area for kids on the stage and breakfast & lunch served in the Snowflake Café. Silent auction for angel-themed tree will benefit the prayer & serenity garden and youth activities; silent auction for a wreath will benefit the church.
Gift baskets, as well as donations for the Boutique and Christmas Treasures room, are due no later than Nov. 17th. Donations for the baked goods table and desserts for lunch can be dropped off the night before from 4:30-7:30 p.m. or the morning of the fair. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated to help us offset costs. Food bank donations will be accepted at the door. Thanks to everyone that has helped/donated so far ~ please come and support our vendors and our church on the day of the fair!
The Parish Life Committee
will again this year sponsor a Craft Night/Movie Night for children. It will be held on Friday, Dec. 6th from 6-9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The children will make a Christmas themed craft and then watch a movie. Popcorn and juice will be provided. There is no charge and parents need not attend. Bring a friend. Sign up sheet is posted. Contact Karen Schuttler or any member of Parish Life for further information.
~ Anyone who would like to volunteer to light a candle during Advent, please contact the church office or see Rev. Ed.
~ Ministry opportunities! Would you or your family like to support us so that we can order our Thanksgiving and/or Christmas bulletins and letterhead?
Thanksgiving – $10
Advent – $40 for 4 Sundays
Christmas Eve bulletin, letterhead and mailing – $90
Contact the church office if you are interested.
Sunday Worship Service
November 3, 2013
10:00 AM – Worship
11:00 AM – Coffee Hour
11:15 AM – Cantata Rehearsal – Grab a cup of coffee and come join us! No experience necessary. Just a desire to sing. Come give it a try!
12:00 PM – Adult Choir Rehearsal
Get your creative juices flowing and join us during coffee hour to make crafts to contribute to the Youth Group Table at the Church Fair.
GREETERS: Elwin Jimmo
LAYLEADER: David Tripp
DEACON OF THE MONTH: George Wityak
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Calendar of Events
Monday, Nov. 4
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Nov. 5
6:15 PM Girl Scout #135 7:00 PM Diaconate Mtg.
Thursday, Nov. 7
6:30 PM Special Adult Choir Rehearsal
6:30 PM Girl Scout #135 Leader’s Mtg
7:00 PM A.A. Meeting
About All Saints Day
Some thought gleaned over the years on the particular of All Saints Day.
One of the primary meanings of All Saints is as simple as it is straightforward: we gather to give thanks to God for the Saints of every time and place to whom we are joined in eternal fellowship; for those who have been particularly important to us and who, having died, now live in the nearer presence of God; and for God’s mighty raising of Jesus Christ from the dead so that we might have hope not only in our dying but also in all of our living. In this regard, a reading from Ephesians 1:11-23 would be helpful to you. This reading places forward the inheritance we have in Christ Jesus to live in faith now and to be joined to Christ and all the saints in the life to come.
At the same time, however, the “Festival of All Saints” has become one of the more misunderstood celebrations in the Church year. In liturgical traditions the day has held a high place in the Church’s calendar of feasts and festivals, resounding with the joy of Easter and God’s promise of resurrection understood in the raising of Jesus Christ and granted to all Christians through the sacrament of Baptism. In non-liturgical traditions, (free churches and faith expressions that have drifted away from the lectionary calendar) All Saints Day is scarcely known and rarely observed. In fact, the secular corruption of the festival, Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, stands as a nearly unrecognizable vestige of the festival and demonstrates the insignificant and even ominous place to which it has been relegated. Where then is the “Festival”? Who remembers the saints?
Some thinking about the word “saint” could help here.
First, it’s helpful to know that All Saints Day was originally set aside to commemorate all those martyrs from the early persecutions whose names were never recorded and thus whose memory was in constant peril of being lost. Over time, this celebration was extended to remember all who have lived and died in the faith and now rest eternally and triumphantly from their labors. We continue this aspect of the celebration when we name those persons of our individual parishes who have died in the last year and live now in the glory of God.
A second dimension of the word “saint” was added during the Reformation. (Yes it is I our traditional roots) The reformers reclaimed the New Testament confession that all those who have been baptized into Christ and declared righteous by grace are, in fact, living saints of God. In this regard, it is notable that the Apostle Paul addresses even the Christians in Corinth, those whom he has rebuked and castigated for many and various moral offenses, as saints, or holy ones. (1 Cor. 1:1-9 ) Clearly, then, their sanctity – and our own! – is not one of moral achievement, nor even a complete triumph of grace in their lives, but rests, rather, upon their having been made holy by God’s declaration in Baptism. For this reason, we now celebrate All Saints not by contrasting the saints over there — those who have died and gone on to glory before us — with the would-be saints still over here. Rather we recognize and celebrate our union with those for whom Christ died in every time and every place, a union secured by Christ’s death once and for all, established by our common baptism, nurtured by our life together, and brought to fulfillment in the age to come.
Third, a final thought of the word “saint” emphasizes that a saint is not only one who is made holy, but also one who is blessed by God. It’s in this final context that the reading for this Sunday comes to us from the beatitudes. Luke’s starker, sparer rendition of Jesus’ teaching that we read this year underscores the peculiar, even radical understanding of blessing that animates the Christian tradition. Blessing, according to Jesus, far from being about material abundance, is to enjoy the regard and favor of God. And the God of Israel to whom Jesus bears witness reserves special regard for the poor, the maligned, the downtrodden. This God shows particular favor, that is, to those in need. This Sunday come in need of standing in grace. While this may at first seem threatening to those of us who enjoy so much of the world’s bounty, it also clarifies our calling to identify and help those in need, and it promises that God stands also with us in our moments of loss, distress, and poverty. The heart of the God we hear described in these verses is full of mercy and compassion, abounding in steadfast love.