Saints are all around you. Take a look in the mirror… you’re a saint, too!
Come mingle with some real live saints at our next Family Night! This Saturday, November 4th at 4:00 the Haights are hosting a Thanksgiving Warm-Up Feast. Check out the invitation here and sign up to bring one of your fave side dishes!
This Sunday 11/5 we celebrate the feast of All Saints. Children (PreK through 5th grade & their parents) are invited to a Children’s Chapel in the CHOIR ROOM at 9:30 with Anne Williamson.
Today’s readings explore the rich blessings God intends for the saints. In the gospel (Matthew 5: 1-12, The Beatitudes), Jesus describes the blessings that are ours as we depend on God and work for the kingdom. We see All Saints as the feast of the marvelous things God has done for humanity. If we see the saints as flawless creatures – always doing good, always full of grace, iconic men and women of high regard – we distance ourselves from them. Many of the saints we celebrate in our church’s history were fiery and passionate, and through the grace of God achieved a greater purpose. God works through us to deliver what we most need: poets or martyrs, scholars or parents, those who work with the poor, administrators or teachers – and this is just the beginning of the list. God creates those who live out the Beatitudes in fresh ways, those who reflect God’s face in different lights.
So, who is a saint? A saint is a friend of Jesus. Children of all ages will explore this idea. Younger children will understand and experience themselves as friends of Jesus, and older children will explore Jesus’ description of what his friends are like: they choose God’s way, make peace, and serve others. The invitation to sainthood is presented as entering into a friendship with Jesus.
Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
The Lady of Guadalupe by Tomie dePaola
Saint Francis of Assisi written and illustrated by Nina Bawden
The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica written by Kathleen Norris, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
If a Bus Could Talk: The Rosa Parks Story written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold