October 29th was the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the
beginning of the Reformation. I say beginning because reformation is
something the church continually strives for. We need to keep
reforming and being open to whatever God has for us.
Daylight Savings Time ends on the first Sunday of November. I have
so enjoyed the sunny days with it staying light until late in the
evening. However, now we see the sun setting earlier and earlier.
Before we know it, we will be going to work in the dark and coming
home in the dark.
The first Sunday of November is also All Saints Sunday when we
remember all those who have gone before us in the faith, such as the
reformers and dear friends and family. It is a bittersweet time of
sadness mixed with joy. In November, we bring one liturgical year to
a close with Christ the King Sunday and then begin another liturgical
year with the gospel readings from Mark and John.
I continue to give thanks for all of you. God uses you to encourage
me and give me strength when I am tired after worship. You help me
to carry on. However, there are so many of you that I miss so
desperately. Your absence makes me sad. We are all so very busy, but
will each of us please reexamine our priorities? We can worship God
alone, but collective worship is what we all need. When I am down,
another lifts me up, and so on. Please give corporate worship
preeminence in your life.
Because I miss you and want to catch up with you, I am
systematically making phone calls to everyone. This way I’ll know
what’s going on in your life and if there is anything that especially
May the Lord continually bless and keep you.
Yours in Christ,