ALL SAINTS’ DAY………….Often the lives of the saints look messy. Consider one of the most famous preachers in the history of the church–John Chrysostom. He was the bishop of Constantinople in the fourth and fifth century. Given the most prestigious position in the church and surrounded by people who wanted more power, Chrsostom used his office to serve the entire city, particularly the poor. He confronted other bishops when they misstepped. History relates that John Chrysostom was friendless. The Emperor tried to capture him. The city rioted against him. The Church he preached in was put to flames during worship. Chrysostom would live the end of his life homeless, without food and filled with exhaustion. He died with only the pair of clothes he wore.
This Sunday we will hear Jesus teach, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Your life probably doesn’t resemble John Chrysostom’s. But there is a point of application. Your life could look completely messy with very little promise. You could have no friends on your side. In fact, you could have nothing going for you at all. But, if you claim Christ’s righteousness you will have everything and have the Kingdom!
I hope this message comforts especially those who feel like they have very little this All Saints’ Sunday. The Kingdom is yours.
Also–wear white on Sunday in honor of All Saints’ Day.
TENILLE’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE………We are gathering to celebrate Tenille’s life this Saturday, November 5th at 11:00 am at Peace. Parking is going to be very tight. The Baptist Church has graciously agreed to open their parking lot–consider parking there and walking the short block to Peace to help with traffic flow. Seating will be very tight too. Thank you to the many people who have contributed to the service–a total team effort for a very special family.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME…………Don’t forget to turn your clocks back before going to bed on Saturday night–November 5th. We want you on time for church!
ROTARY PRESENTATION…………..The presentation on Tuesday, November 8th is titled, “A World War II veteran letter from the Pacific”. The presentation will be given by Russell Yamada and begins at shortly after noon. Let Pastor know ahead of time if you would like to attend.