Remembrance Sunday Message – 8 November – Terry Alve

Message Audio – Remembrance Sunday

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (8 November)

Scripture Readings

Rev 21:1-7   I am the Alpha and the Omega

Ps 23   The Lord is my shepherd

Rom 8:31-39   If God is for us, who is against us?

Matt 5:1-12   You’re blessed

Matthew 5:1-12 (The Message) – You’re Blessed

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

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All Saints Day Message – 1 November 15 – Terry Alve

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Today we give thanks for the great multitude of women and men, girls and boys, who have gone before us in the way of faith. In the Bible we hear of the destiny of all THE SAINTS who die in Christ;

Rev 21:3
God… will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

All of us have been inspired on our Christian journeys by ordinary men and women – the saints mentioned in today’s readings and commemorated in today’s Feast. Who has inspired you; what captivated you about them? How did they reflect God’s love?

The saints reflected God in their own lives. Thinking now about yourself, how do you reflect God in your life? Is your life an act of worship?

Remember one person who has inspired you in your life and faith.

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All Souls Day 8pm Service in St Anne’s

allsaintssoulsNext Sunday at St Anne’s, we will celebrate All Saints’ Day with an all-age service and eucharist at 9:30am following a quieter 8am service. This day and service is one of the HIGH days of the Church year as we remember the very important heritage we have through the Saints. The Saints of God who enfleshed the Christian ideal of holiness and service. People like St Luke whom we remembered recently during our healing focus. And more recently canonised saints like Mother Theresa of Calcutta. And those in process of canonisation like Sr Aubert of the Sisters of Compassion who lived in and is buried in Wellington, at Island Bay.  More on the Saints next Sunday – November 1.

On Monday 2 November we will remember All Souls – the countless number, including our own relatives and friends who have also lived the christian ideal, perhaps in less spectacular and well known ways than the Saints. All Souls is a time to remember those special to us whom we believe to be with the Lord. And especially those recently deceased whose passing is likely to be the source of current grief for some of us. We will gather at 8pm in St Anne’s and have a quiet reflective time which will include candle lighting, naming the ones we remember, praying for them and ourselves and breaking bread together as we recall that Jesus was the first born of the Christian Saints and Souls.

If you would like us to remember you and your loved one with the Lord, please email stanneswellington@gmail.com Better still why not join us and tell us about your special one/s.