In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus teaches his disciples about life in God’s kingdom. Those who live in the grace of God may end up looking a little different from others around them. The blessing of God is with them as a source of humility and peace, of courage and compassion. Their lives stand out from the crowd, and they become examples for the rest of us. The text for Jonathan’s sermon is Matthew 5:1-12, and his title is “Upside-Down.”
It’s the first Sunday of November, observed by many churches around the world as the Sunday of All Saints. It is a day for remembering the gifts and grace of those in the community of faith – friends, family and others – who have touched our lives by their examples. We will lift up the names of members and friends of our church family who have died in the past year, giving thanks to God for the grace that was with them. It’s also a communion Sunday, so we will gather at God’s table to share the feast of memory and hope known as the Lord’s Supper. All are welcome to share in the celebration, as the bread of life and the cup of salvation remind us of Christ’s self-giving love.
Also, Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend, so don’t forget to TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK before going to bed on Saturday night! We’re always glad to have you at church a little early, but you should enjoy the extra hour sleeping in, if you can!
See you in church!