All Saints Sunday
This coming Sunday, October 29th, we will have a special liturgy at both services. The service is based on the Anglican funeral rite. It's an opportunity to both remember and celebrate all the saints, especially those we've known personally.
On Sunday, you'll be given the opportunity to come forward and give glory to God for someone who has gone on to be with the Lord. It's a special "open mic" time, which has become a tradition for us.
Prayerfully consider who in your life was a blessing to you, but is now with Jesus. Then consider what you might briefly share with us about that person.
In addition, everyone will have the chance to light a candle in remembrance of the departed.
What to do about Halloween, by Fr. Thomas
Christians are sometimes concerned with the evils of Halloween. There are things about it that are cute, of course. Little kids coming to your door, gleefully demanding candy while dressed up as their favorite cartoon characters. Who wouldn't love that?
At the same time, there is some nasty stuff associated with the holiday, twisted and disturbing images and behavior.
While Halloween has some of its roots in paganism and some in Christianity (as All Saints' Eve), it shouldn't be thought of as a Christian holiday. That said, it does give us Christians an opportunity. If you have younger kids or grandchildren, you have the chance to have fun with them and get to know your neighbors. If you live in a neighborhood, or have a business, you have an opportunity be hospitable to people who would otherwise never darken your door.
This Halloween, consider using the night as an opportunity for good fun and getting to know your neighbors. You don't have to agree with everything going on (just like we don't agree with everything folks do at Christmas), but you can bring some light to what is sometimes a dark time.