Showing posts from October, 2020

All Souls in a Covid World

Today we gather with Christians all around the world who will light candles and remember loved ones who have died over the last year. We do this because November 1st has for at least 12 centuries been All Saints Day. This is the day Christians have remembered all those who firstly died as martyrs, and then all those great people of faith (saints) who the rest of us look up to and are inspired by. From the twelfth or thirteenth centuries All Souls Day was held on November 2 to remember ALL people of faith, especially those we grieve. Today we remember all those who have gone before us, who have paved the way for us, and especially those we have loved and who loved us, and those who inspire us. As we honour their memory and give thanks for the ways they have blessed us over our lifetimes, we take another step in letting them go, trusting that they now rest in God, as they have always. This year All Souls is particularly poignant. For many 2020 has been a hard year. Life as we knew it

the Promised Land

This sermon can be listened to here   Gate Pa – Year A 30 th Sunday of Ordinary Time - 2020 Readings: Psalm                          Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 First Reading :               Deuteronomy 34:1-12                     Second Reading :        1 Thess 2:1-8                                  Gospel :                         Matthew 22: 34-46                                 What I want to say: I want to use the Deuteronomy reading and MLK’s use of it in his last sermon as a springboard to explore our vision of the “Promised Land” Where are we heading to and hoping for? What shapes that vision and hope? What I want to happen: Invite people to prayerfully reflect on their vision of the promised land, and how we are invited to do to live that out The Sermon        1.      Introduction: Video of end of MLK’s last sermon on April 31968 in Memphis Tennessee He was assassinated the next day He, like Moses in our first reading today -          Had been to the mo