On Nov. 1 we'll celebrate the beautiful tradition of All Saints Sunday. In churches I’ve been a part of in the past, we have read the names of beloved saints, lit candles, rung chimes, and told the beautiful stories of those who have shared the faith. Every year on All Saints Sunday I remember my two grandmas. I remember my Grandma Spohr’s joy, unconditional love, and silly songs. I remember my Grandma Boyum’s faith, wisdom, and spectacular Scrabble skills. I remember them when I sing "For All the Saints," particularly the third verse:
Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine,
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
This year, like none other, I pause on those words “we feebly struggle.” This year will be different. We cannot gather for traditional worship, but we will pause to remember the beloved saints in our lives and in the life of Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church.
Join us on Wednesday Oct. 28 for an All Saints Faith Walk. Come to the church parking lot any time between 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. You’ll be able to walk from your car, through luminaries along the sidewalk, through our sanctuary space, and out the sacristy door back to your car. The whole walk will take about 10 minutes.
Here are a few ways that you can participate:
- Join us for the walk.
- Send in the name of your saints and/or a digital photo of your saints. Send photos by Oct. 27 at noon to firstname.lastname@example.org. Names will be written on luminaries and photos will be displayed in the narthex.
- Bring a photo (no frame) along with you to add to the display (include name and address and photo will be returned via USPS).
- Light a candle in the sanctuary to pray for and remember your beloved saints.
- Leave with a printed prayer/blessing for your week.
I hope to see you next Wednesday. During these uncertain times, we need sacred moments like this to connect us to God and one another. We need to immerse ourselves in moments of faith, love, and hope.
Mark your calendar now for two more LNL Faith Walks:
• Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday Nov. 25
• Christmas Eve Eve, Wednesday Dec.23