The annual Green Hill Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 24, at 5:00pm. This year the church will provide the meat and everyone attending is asked to bring either a salad, a vegetable, or a dessert. Please indicate how many in your family will be attending and what food you will bring. Reservations slips can be found on the back of each pew and dropped in the offering plate. We have so much to be thankful for, and we look forward to fellowshipping with everyone over a family meal.
The church’s annual Stewardship Sunday is next week. At this time, we ask each member, each family, and all our regular worshipers, to prayerfully examine their resources and to pledge a portion to God’s work. On Stewardship Sunday, November 17, a special collection of the pledge cards will be held during the morning service. The cards may also be returned by mail to the church office. These pledges help the church plan our budget for the coming year. (Extra blank cards will be available on Sunday morning.)
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
If you took a shoebox home to fill for Operation Christmas Child please return it to the church no later than Sunday, November 17. The boxes will be gathered up and taken to the drop off location on Monday.
Don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday morning, and we all get back that extra hour we gave up in the Spring. We look forward to seeing you at church on Sunday morning, at the correct time.
Rev. David Jamison
Service begins at 11:00am * All are Welcome!
Hebrew Lesson: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
Epistle Lesson: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4; 11-12
Gospel Lesson: Luke 19:1-10
The church office is open 8am to Noon, Monday to Thursday.
In early Christian tradition, saints’ days began as a way to mark the anniversary of a martyr’s death — his or her “birthday” as a saint. By the middle of the church’s first millennium, there were so many martyrs (particularly due to the persecution of Diocletian) that it was hard to give them all their due. All Saints’ Day was established as an opportunity to honor all the saints, known and unknown.
All Saints’ Day has a rather different focus in the Reformed tradition. While we may give thanks for the lives of particular luminaries of ages past, the emphasis is on the ongoing sanctification of the whole people of God. Rather than putting saints on pedestals as holy people set apart in glory, we give glory to God for the ordinary, holy lives of the believers in this and every age. This is an appropriate time to give thanks to members of the community of faith who have died in the past year. We also pray that we may be counted among the company of the faithful in God’s eternal realm.
All Saints’ Day has been celebrated on November 1 since the year 835. Previously it had been connected with the Easter season as a feast of all martyrs.