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November 1st, 2020: All Saints Sunday

A Congregational Letter to Morgan’s Point and Forks Road East United Churches

Well, it is my hope and prayer that all the little trick and treaters had a great evening last night as you gathered with your family and friends celebrating Halloween. I know many families that I have spoken to chose to keep their youngsters at home and to do special activities with them. It was a year to think of new traditions.

Once again, I was able to only chat with a small number of folks this past week through phoning and texting. The week got away from me, again. I hope all of you have kept well this week, and I look forwards to connecting in with everyone over this next week. I enjoy immensely these opportunities to have our conversations. My prayer is that everyone has had a safe and joyful week.

My sermon this week is based on Matthew 23:1-12. It is focussed on All Saints Sunday. It, of course, inspired me to think of all those people in my life who have shone God’s light as a witness for me. They have reflected for me what it means to be a Saint. It makes me wonder who are the people in your life who let the light of Christ shine through them for you to see? Who are those Saints? What gifts have they used to help you feel Christ’s presence in your life?

Let’s start with eight gifts that we can all offer to others that do not cost us a cent and yet help us to bring joy and comfort to those around us. The first gift is the gift of listening; then is the gift of laughter; the third gift is the gift of affection; then the gift of a written note. The fifth gift is a gift of a compliment; then comes the gift of a favour; after that is the gift of solitude; and, finally, the gift of good cheer. We all have the ability to share and shine these gifts into the lives of others so that their life journey is made easier, more compassionate, more joyful.

It is my hope and prayer that each of you have a wonderful week filled with God’s goodness, joy, and peace. I look forwards to connecting in with each of you again though out the week as we share stories, prayers, laughter, and tears.

Also, remember that as we pray for one another every morning at 10:30, God grants us wisdom, love and peace to hold each other in God’s infinite love and care.

Keep well and safe.

God’s Blessings,

Pastor Laura

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