Church Service – November 1
~ November 1, 2020 A.D. ~ All Saints Day ~
As I write this, trick-or-treaters are ringing the bells on our doors and on either side of us and across the street, where our neighbor, dressed like a witch, is joyfully passing out candies to the ghosties and goblinies going from door to door. It is great fun to see the kids, not only because it is Halloween, but also because it seems like the “normal” thing to do (for a change). The scientific / medical odds of these children contracting covid19 (or for that matter a cold or the flu) are tiny, and, are apparently “worth the risk.” Although I do not support the “theology” of Halloween, I want to say “good for you” parents, wanting to bring some normalcy to their children’s world, which is, today, anything but normal. Unfortunately, we didn’t think there would be kids, so, we didn’t get handouts for the costumed creatures (oh, we, of little faith?).
As I write this, yet another political commercial for one political contestant, is flitting across my television monitor, to be followed by another against that same nominee. Who knows how many more grating words will follow? No one seems to know. What I do hope (and I would guess you do too), is that in a few days the prodigious, prolific, pesky campaigns will end, and television (and life) will become (dare I say) “normal” again. If we survive, or at least recover, perhaps this wonderful nation and people of America will be united again. I am certain that such recovery will take more than any presidential, congressional, or other sinful, human person can bring about. It will require the blessing and work of our gracious, merciful God!
“God bless us and forgive us,” must be our prayer as we cast our votes, watch the results of these elections, begin to pick up the pieces of all that has happened, and begin to work together for the good of every American and everyone in our world, as only the citizens of this great nation have done and can do again, with His blessings, mercy, and grace in Jesus Christ! We have good reason, as Christian citizens, to be people who are full of hope – even in 2020 A.D.!
We return to our 8:15 a.m. starting time for our Earlier All Saints Worship service today, and move our clocks back 1 hour (to celebrate the end of Daylight Savings Time) as well!
The attached Announcements include more news and details about what’s happening at and through First Lutheran Church and School. The first lesson in our Bible Study of Philipians and an Activity Sheet (just for fun) are also there for your use. If you cannot make it for worship in the Sanctuary, please join us online (esee86.com) for last Sunday’s Reformation worship service!
As Christian citizens of the United States of America please DO prayerfully exercise the great privilege and duty of voting this week! God will bless you and our nation for it!
God’s manifold blessings of health, and mercy, and grace, and peace to you and ALL the saints, until we join the saints who have gone before us in the faith, at the feet of Jesus, in our heavenly home! In Christ alone,
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