On Sunday 05 November 2017, we celebrate “All Saints Sunday.” We will have the opportunity to renew our commitment to God’s work through the consecration of gifts, actions, and financial support.
The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, told those he addressed (and us!) of the new life in Christ: As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Commitment forms are available at the following links:
“Christian Responsibility” form
“Our Hands for God’s Work” form
We will place out commitments on the altar on All Saints Sunday / Consecration Sunday.
Here is the text of the Consecration Sunday letter that was mailed out to each household of the congregation.
For all the Saints Living into Community,
All Saints Day celebration is a day when we honor and remember those who, in death, have joined the Church Triumphant, as well as the faithful saints of the present who serve Jesus Christ. Martin Luther held that all Christians are simultaneously sinner and saint—a sinner because of our rebellious nature, but a saint because of salvation in Jesus. This year, we celebrate “All Saints Sunday” and the joy of living in community with a call to discipleship as we anticipate together the forthcoming year. We will have the opportunity to renew our commitment to God’s work through the consecration of gifts—actions, and financial support.
As I contemplate this celebration, I reflect on Paul’s letter to the Colossians:
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Through our gifts of life, we change lives in many ways, every day, for thousands. Examples: Shared Hope International, a Vancouver, WA based world-wide organization helping law-makers and law enforcement to prevent sex trafficking. In 2016, Shared Hope provided awareness education to 150,000 students, shelter and care to 431 survivors, and vocational training or education to 241; Nourishment to many: Edgewood Food Bank served 56,000 in 2016. Helping Hand House saved 120 families from homelessness; ELCA Global Missions support, Lutheran World Relief, World Vision AIDS Programs, have served tens of thousands; Mountain View Community Center—nearly 1,200 children, families, and seniors served through the Kid’s Club, Kid-Power Packs, Back to School Event, and Senior SAIL exercise program.
This year we have had twenty funerals for families at Mountain View and supported them in their time of grief while reaching as many as 3000 that were in attendance.
I encourage you to join the saints living into community, by making your financial commitment for the fiscal year 2018.