10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel
November 3: Feast of All Saints/All Souls
Bishop Cliff Kroski
November 10: Bishop Janet Sunderland
November 17: Bishop Cliff Kroski
November 24: Feast of Christ the King/Last Sunday of Church Year
Bishop Janet Sunderland
This year we’ll join Unity Temple on the Plaza in supporting the Redemptorist Social Services Center. They need both financial donations and donations of new socks and underwear. If you write a check, make it out to Community of the Incarnation with “Redemptorist” in the Memo line. If you choose to bring socks/underwear, you can leave the package with us. And thank you for all your kindnesses to the many services and people to whom you make donations in time or talent or service.
We begin November with the celebration of All Saints/All Souls. This is a celebration in which we remember and honor those men and women who have gone before us. We specifically honor our loved ones who are deceased. This is a very special celebration as we bring pictures and mementos and place these items on a table in front of the altar. We thank these people for being a part of our lives and we remember the many ways in which they helped shape us.
On November 10th, we hear a curious and legalistic question posed to Jesus by the Sadducees. The question involves a woman who marries 7 brothers, all of whom die childless and finally the woman dies. The Sadducees want to know which of the 7 brothers, at the resurrection of the dead, will be the woman’s husband?
Jesus replies that the question they asked is really of little importance. The important point is that, all who are worthy will rise. But even more importantly, God is the God of the living, and we should be concerned about the kind of lives we live.
The Thirty-third Sunday of the year points us towards the end time. In Luke’s Gospel, we hear about wars, insurrections, nation rising up against nation, famines, earthquakes and destruction. Luke’s Gospel was written in the mid 80’s AD, so the Temple of Jerusalem was already destroyed. The people experienced an end to their worship, their culture, their way of life. Life was frightening and uncertain.
We know that many have predicted the end of the world in the last 2,000 years. Predictions about the end, or the state of our modern world may indeed be frightening and disconcerting for some. But Luke’s passage reminds us that if we have faith and perseverance, all will be well.
This reading sets us up for next Sunday and the final Sunday of the present Church Year.
We close the Church Year with the Celebration of Christ the King, on November 24th. This celebration was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI. He hoped that a day honoring Christ as king of the universe would serve as a corrective to dangerous political ideas of that time. We also remember our spiritual progress throughout the 2013 church year and we look forward to the 2014 church year with hope and joy.
We celebrate Thanksgiving on November 28th. As we gather with family and loved ones, may we be truly thankful. We know that so many people are in need of so very much. May we in our gratitude remember these people in our thoughts and prayers.
Peace, + Cliff and + Janet