ALL SAINTS SUNDAY IS ABOUT LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD
On All Saints Sunday we look back and celebrate the Saints (with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place). We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregation. We also celebrate our hope for reunion on All Saints Day. All who die in Christ are alive in him, and we will be resurrected together. So we aren’t just pining for the past, we are looking forward to a grand reunion.
We will be taking time during our Worship Gathering to read the names of those from our congregation, or family members, who have died in the Faith. By keeping these names on our lips, we are confessing that the faithful dead are alive, for “God is not a God of the dead, but of the living.” (Matthew 22).