This week we are singing a familiar hymn, “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” You may also know the tune as “Ode to Joy.”
Where do you find joy in your life? In Sunday’s sermon, we will take some time to consider how we have found joy in Christian community. Perhaps in fellowship, or in music, or in seeing little ones teeter-totter down the aisle, many of us have found joy in the community at New Hope.
Also, how can we share joy? What can we do to make others’ joy possible? This is the time of year to consider what we might give to the church next year, financially and in volunteer service. How can we support the joy we already see here?
Whatever we give, or whatever service we offer, that is our personal Ode to Joy. Rejoice!
On Sunday, November 3, we will celebrate All Saints’ Sunday. What is All Saints? It is a day to give thanks for those who have gone before us in faith: not only for our own departed loved ones, but for those who founded our churches, wrote our hymns, taught our ancestors when they were little, and so on.
All Saints is a day to remember that Christ is Lord of all: those living on this side of God’s creation, and those on the side of the “new heaven and new earth.” (Revelation 21:1)
Here’s a description of All Saints that caught my attention. A Lutheran church had a communion rail constructed in a half-circle. The other side of the circle, which the worshiper is invited to imagine, represents the communion of saints living in God’s new creation. (1)
Join us Sunday to give thanks for all who have been a part of the circle of faith, both in this community and beyond.