Each Sunday, as I get ready for worship with both congregations, my heart smiles when I see children in the pews. I love the energy of children, the surprises in what they say and do, the ways in which their faith can speak to us older folks. Every week, when children who don't receive communion come forward, I trace the sign of the cross on their foreheads, say their name, then "Child of God, know every day that Jesus loves you." Little two year-old Luke at St. Mark always smiles and nods his head when I say those words, as if to reply, "Yes, I do know that." Every time Luke nods and smiles, his faith lifts mine as I am reminded of the power of Jesus' love to reach us all. When does the intuitive knowledge of a child begin to turn into uncertainty or doubt? Sometime this week, pause and consider that you are a child of God and that Jesus loves you day in and day out, no matter what those days may bring. Nod and smile if you want to, for this is most certainly true.
This coming Sunday, November 1, is All Saints' Sunday. On this day, we remember loved ones who have died in the past year and now live in eternal rest in Christ. If you have someone to add to the list that will be included in the bulletin, please let me know by noon tomorrow.
A group of parishioners will be feeding the Habitat for Humanity volunteers on Saturday, November 7, at Zion. Please let Rhonda Womble know if you would like to help: firstname.lastname@example.org, 745-2096.
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 21 at 3 pm. That's the day and time for St. Mark's community Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, dressing and all the fixings will be served free of charge. All are welcome!
It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity. - Cesar Chavez
Yours in Christ,