"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12:1-2
Today is All Saints' Day, the time in the church year when we remember with thanksgiving those who have gone before us into everlasting life. We thank God for giving us family and friends who have taught us about the love of God, who have loved us in a way that nurtured and strengthened our faith. Today, I remember my mother. Born and raised a Roman Catholic, Mom became a Lutheran when she married my Lutheran father, then she brought my brother and me up in the church, with little help in that arena from Daddy, who simply was not a churchgoer. I remember Mom's perseverance, her commitment to raising her children as she had been raised. I also remember, with profound thanksgiving, the encouragement Mom gave me in everything I did and her great pride and support when I became a pastor.
Who are you remembering today? Who was instrumental in teaching you about God's love? For whom in the cloud of witnesses do you thank God this day? And for whom can you be a beacon of Christ's light, even in small ways? For all the saints who from their labors rest, there are those of us still here, graced to bear forgiveness and love to those we meet. Thank you, God, for all the saints, for those who have loved us and for the love we are privileged to share.
Thank you to everyone who made our Reformation worship services so special this past Sunday. The celebration continued into the afternoon; thanks to all who came to the party, brought food, cooked brats, thought up fun crafts and added to the fun. Adults made fold and cut Luther Seals, the children did a safer version of this and Marty came with props for a fabulous Reformation photo booth. I have attached my favorite photo. You may see many more on the parish facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/floydlutherans/?rf=115195041839634.
Also, did you know our parish has a website and Oak Grove Pavilion has a facebook page? Those are at https://floydlut herans.weebly.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/OakGrovePavilion/. Rebbecca Jackson does a great job designing and updating those; thanks, Rebbecca!
Please keep the family of B.B. Bussey, brother of Nadine Rutrough, in your prayers. Also, Jan Fullbright, mother of Phil, is hospitalized at Wake Forest with pneumonia. We pray for healing and hope for these families and all who yearn for God's healing power.
"[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
- Micah 6:8