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Sunday 1st November

posted 29 Oct 2020, 10:37 by Church Office



Pram Service

ALL SOULS – REMEMBERING

This week in PRAM SERVICE we will be remembering, remembering those we love who have died AND remembering that we are all part of a great big family of God that includes all the saints and all the souls alive and dead.

We’ll have some trick or treat sweets and we’ll be making pumpkin paper chains to link us together with our loved ones departed and all the saints.

 

The Feast of All Saints often celebrates Great and the Good. However, the Bible describes all of us, not just the famous and dead, as Saints.  On this feast of All Saints Jesus gives us a description of those who are saintly, blessed, holy in God’s sight.  He does not describe the great and the good but rather those in need: those who struggle and hunger and thirst and yearn for a better world.  Those who are merciful know what mercy is, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness know what it is they seek.  The Saints, the blessed, are not those who have found, in suffering, the presence of God; a presence that not only comforts but empowers.  It is the very experience of the injustice of the world which allows them to recognise the disparity between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world.  It is God’s presence in that suffering that enables them to reimagine a different world and empowers them to work to build it. work towards and who, despite living in the kingdom of the world, persist in living as if they inhabited the kingdom of heaven.

 

Readings

Revelations 7:9-17

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 singing,

“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
    and worship him day and night within his temple,
    and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
    the sun will not strike them,
    nor any scorching heat;
17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
    and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

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Church Office,
29 Oct 2020, 10:39
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