Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—October 29, 2015
“Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all our years away; They fly, forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day” – Isaac Watts, #680, Hymnal 1982
Three years ago today Hurricane Sandy made landfall in this part of the United States, causing devastation and destruction the likes of which had not been seen before. Over the following days, weeks and months things crept back toward some sort of normal in our area. But for many others, the saga goes on: homes not rebuilt, lives disrupted, hopes dashed by bureaucracy that seems painfully slow and cumbersome, and totally devoid of compassion. We continue to help through our quarter tube, and our quarters make a real difference.
This weekend we will observe Halloween and All Saints Day. St Thomas will host a concert on Saturday at 11:30 am for Halloween, and then on All Saints Day a packed day: Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:00 am; Building committee meeting at 11:30; the live webcast of the installation of Bishop Michael Curry as the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Youth Group nerf war and 3:30; and Evensong and covered dish supper at 5:00pm A full day!
And clocks change on Saturday night – fall back one hour. There will be a bit more light in the morning, but less light in the evening.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all our years away...
It seems to go so fast. We see it in infants who become toddlers, then school children, adolescents, teenagers, young adults, all in the blinking of an eye, or so it seems. We see it in the faces that look back at us in the mirror every day, and the faces of loved ones across the table. We see it in the roll of seasons, years, decades.
The Church marks time in seasons and in special days of observance. All Saints Day is one of those days of special observance. We call to memory those who have gone before, and remind ourselves of our own place in this continuum, in the countless stream of all of creation. And we remind ourselves that we, and those we love, are never forgotten in the heart of God.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Peace and blessing,