All Saints Day

Today is All Saints Day. I like the way Seedbed (a “Wesleyan” resource site – by “Wesleyan” I mean the greater tent of Wesleyan – which includes many different denominations, such as The Wesleyan Church, Free Methodists, Nazarenes, and the United Methodist Church) defines it.

All Saints Day then becomes an opportunity for us to remember that calling. We honor the lives of the martyrs who sacrificed all for the sake of Jesus. We lift in prayer those we have known and loved who have died in the faith, and we challenge those saints among us to devout and holy living.

I encourage you to check out the larger article here. And check out this article from the United Methodist Church.

All Saints Day is a day to remember those who have gone on before – those who have lived their lives full of Jesus.  They are part of the huge crowd of witnesses who are cheering us on to win this life of faith.  12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

all-saints-dayAll Saints Day (November 1, 2015)

Psalm 24

A psalm of David.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
    The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
    and built it on the ocean depths.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
    who do not worship idols
    and never tell lies.
They will receive the Lord’s blessing
    and have a right relationship with God their savior.
Such people may seek you
    and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.[a] Interlude

Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty;
    the Lord, invincible in battle.
Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
10 Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—
    he is the King of glory. Interlude


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