All Saints Day

"I have always wanted to become a saint. Unfortunately, when I have compared myself with the saints, I have always found that there is the same difference between the saints and me as there is between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and a humble grain of sand trodden underfoot by passers-by." - Thérèse of Lisieux

All Saints Day began to honor the sacrifice of early Christians and celebrate their perseverance that carried the faith forward through the first few centuries.  Saints remain central to our faith today.  Whether the canonized Saints of the church, those with verified miracles and more; or those faithful Christians who have gone on to the life triumphant, these saints help inspire us in our own faith.

All Saints Day remains a major feast in our church calendar.  In the Episcopal Church we expect to either baptize, or renew our baptismal covenant and more.  At Ascension we will do this and more.  It is a family service (as a first Sunday of the month).  This is exciting as we consider the baptismal commitment in a children's sermon.  This year we are also having our pledge in-gathering, as we seek to demonstrate our commitment to the church.  The service will also feature some fantastic music.

This weekend also marks the end of day-light savings time.  We hope you'll use this extra hour to come at 9am (or even a little earlier).  We will be celebrating our ingathering with breakfast tacos!  There will also several activities to honor the day.  There will be information about some interesting saints of the church.  And, I want to encourage you to bring a picture, or other depiction of a saint from your own life.  There will be a place to display these in the narthex, as a representation of how these saints have been a 'cloud of witness' to us all.

Blessings -
Fr. Paul