Shawnee Presbyterian Church





Being Thankful in Life and in Death for over 500 years

I agree, this is a strange way to open my article, but it’s true and let me explain. We know every day is a wonderful gift from God. We know too that memories and lessons in faith from those who have died cause sorrow and great joy in the completion of the salvation story. November 1, is All Saints Day, and yes Halloween fits into that story package as well. As the church, specifically the Roman Catholic Church, began arranging celebrations and feast days. They set a three day feast to remember those who had died, those who had been sainted, and all who had been raised again by salvation. This celebration occurs October 31 through November 2. The earliest recordings of the development of such celebration is dated 417AD with the current dates set by Pope Gregory III (731–741). With this brief introduction to the history of “All Saints Day” know that on October 29 we will celebrate with the reading of the names of our loved ones who have passed during the last year with a bell toll for each saint.

This is not all that will be happening on October 29. During worship we will also recognize the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 Thesis on the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Electorate of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire which occurred on October 31, 1517. This date of posting was likely not an accident at all and was intended to wake the Roman Catholic Church to many of its failings. Obviously, the result was the beginning of the Reformation from which the Protestant Churches developed including the Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist and the lengthy list goes on. We will share in pieces of the readings stemming from the Reformation and enjoy some of the music written and influenced by the reformers that remains in our common worship today.

My thankfulness comes not only for the Saints and the Reformation, but also for a time soon to come where we are reminded to stop and be thankful for all the gifts we have been entrusted with. May this time of the Thanksgiving holiday be a time for us to focus on our blessings as compared to creating a time of holiday stress in preparing the perfect table. I am often reminded that any table prepared with love and welcome is one where all can come and enjoy food and fellowship regardless of the perfection of the turkey itself.

May we find joy in being with one another and sharing together the message of hope and reconciliation found in Jesus Christ. In our recognition of loss through death, gain through Salvation, and reminder of thankfulness during our holiday season may we not only find peace and comfort for ourselves, but also provide hope for the same for everyone we come across.

In ministry together,
Pastor Craig

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    Sunday, November 19th at 11:30am
    The Family Life Committee is organizing a Thanksgiving Dinner in the Fellowship Hall following the worship service. The turkey will be provided.  We ask you to bring one of your family’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes to share.  Please sign up and let us know what you are bringing.  The sign up is on the window of the Cry Room.
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