GOOD NEWS: A Weekly Update from St. Thomas Church - October 30, 2014
As I type there is a great noise and clatter on the roof. No, not reindeer (yet). The roofers are here! Now toward the end of Day Two, a good portion of the old roof has been removed and is either in the huge dumpster or on its way. There are some sections where the new roof has been installed. A long time coming, but well worth the wait, and we are thankful to all who have made this important restoration and preservation possible.
Earlier this week I was blessed to join some of our youth and young children and families on a hayride to a pumpkin patch on a glorious Sunday afternoon. Then I joined with the youth group back at the church for their evening together.
This Sunday we will mark All Saints – a time to remember those who have gone before and set the example for living full and blessed lives.
This Sunday we will also turn our clocks back one hour – enjoy that extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning.
Worries and concerns, care and maintenance: all part of our earthly lives. We are reminded that clock change times are also good times to check the batteries in smoke detectors and flashlights, and that furnaces and fireplace chimneys are cleaned and in good working order. It is also a good time to make sure the cupboard is stocked with non-perishable foods and things that might be needed during a power outage – Hurricane Sandy was two years ago this week!
This is a good time to be mindful of some other important matters concerning longterm planning and care for our families and loved ones. Having a Will and an Advanced Healthcare Directive is a gift in many ways. First, there is the peace of mind you have, knowing things are in place and you will be cared for in a way that is acceptable to you in the event you cannot make decisions for yourself. Then there is the peace of mind you give to family and other loved ones in knowing your wishes. Letters of instruction can be very helpful and comforting in stressful times. There are many resources available – speak with me if I can be of help.
Worries and concerns, but also blessings and opportunities for remembering and sharing God’s love and abundant grace.
Peace and blessing,
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. Collect for All Saints Day, BCP 245
Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!
Change clocks back one hour on Saturday night