Pastor Susan Bame

Master of Divinity

Lutheran Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Arts-English

UNC Greensboro

Pastor's Message-November 2019

Peace to You and Grace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

For all the saints who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

"For All the Saints," verse 1

by William Walsham How, 1864

On November 3, we will celebrate an important day in the life of the Church - the festival of All Saints Sunday. The center of our faith celebrates God through Jesus Christ, who gives hope after our and our loved ones' physical deaths. The cross and the open tomb assure us that we will join the great cloud of witnesses - those who have joined the Church Triumphant, who have run the race, and now rest indeed from their labors.

These are beautiful and faithful words, but being human, we still hurt and feel sadness from the death of our loved ones. I personally still grieve over the death of my mother this past year. I still expect her voice on the telephone. I miss her hugs and talking with her. Our hearts are broken from the deaths of our brothers and sisters in our Lutheran Chapel community: Terry Beaver (November 27, 2018), Willie Mae Blackwelder (November 29, 2018), Frank Patterson (January 14, 2019), Leonard Patterson (June 6, 2019), and Gladys Shue (July 11, 2019). But, as we remember the peace of Jesus Christ, we celebrate both their legacies and the joy of their hope in Christ fulfilled.

O blest communion, fellowship divine, we feebly struggle, they in glory shine; yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia! Alleluia!

"For All the Saints," verse 4

by William Walsham How, 1864

 

Thanks be to God! Amen

Peace and Grace,

The Rev. Susan Bame

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