Pastor’s Note – November 1, 2018

Joanne BuskePastor's Note

Dear friends,

Remembering …God & us

The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me. After supper, he did the same with the cup: This is my blood, my new covenant with you. Each time you drink this cup, remember me. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)

Remembering is a part of being human. Remembering is talked about often in Scripture.

This week, let’s remember and pray for those, and their families, who lost their lives to hate and violence. God help us.

This Sunday, All Saints Day, we remember and celebrate the lives of those who’ve passed on this year. With candles lit, we’ll read names, pray and give thanks for those who have gone before us in faith. Together we’ll worship with a great cloud of witnesses encouraging, cheering us on. Charles Wesley, in the hymn, Come, Let Us Join Our Friends Above, offers a wonderful image of the Church through the ages: “Let saints on earth unite to sing, with those to glory gone, for all the servants of our King in earth and heaven, are one.”

Next Sunday, November 11, we worship God, and recognize and pray for veterans and those currently serving. . On Veterans Day, we thank God for those who’ve served; enduring hardship, separation and sometimes loss for the sake of keeping peace and fighting for justice around the world. Servicemen and women, with God’s help, work to assist and build up communities and suffering populations around the world. Though we wish it were not necessary, they take up arms to protect and defend their country. They’re especially in need of God’s grace, wisdom, care and guidance.

 *(L) Honor flight vets John Purtell, Bill Price, Paul Walker and John Vertz   (R) SSG Jessica Carter,
active member, 
on mission as medic in Afghanistan in 2010

There are many veterans in our midst at Schweitzer; members and family members serving. If you’re veteran like me, or a loved one or friend is serving, let us know by replying to this note. We’ll care for them thru adding names to be prayed over in days leading up to worship.

Our story with God, individually and collectively, is one of remembering while looking to the future with hope. What a privilege it is to be part of this body of Christ, Schweitzer!

 Then he said, “Jesus remember me when you come into your Kingdom” (Luke 23:42)

With love,

Jim Mason