Sermon Introduction –
In the church calendar, November 5th is All Saints Sunday. It is the day we remember those who have died over the past year. In the midst of all of this, God promises something sacred: to be with you as you mourn. God blessed the poor in spirit and gives us new life.
Introduction to this week’s readings –
All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord’s table we gather with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.