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Over the course of the church year, many individuals are remembered because of their faith, sacrifice, bold witness, or some other outstanding characteristic. I suspect these are those who might come to mind when we confess in the Apostles’ Creed that we believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, those who are celebrated on a day devoted to their memory. Perhaps one might think of these saints as a special group, set aside because of particular holiness, a group that most of us could never aspire to join.

However, November brings the day of All Saints; in our worship we bring pictures of loved ones who have gone before and remember them among the saints. But what of us who remain? Often people will start an admission with, “Well, I’m no saint, but…” as if to say that there is no claim to holiness or perfection. The community of saints is still apart from the masses of people still striving in this life. But is that such an exclusive group?

Perhaps if we rethink that phrase in the creed: the holy catholic church, the communion of saints. We often make these two distinct entities, but what happens when we hear the phrase as: the holy catholic church, (which is) the communion of saints. Suddenly we find ourselves part of that host gathered around the throne of grace. It might seem presumptuous of those of us in this life to claim that status. After all, we all must admit that we are far from perfect, sometimes weak in faith, often at odds with one another and the world around us. But that is the wonder of the Gospel, that we admit our imperfection, but at the same time claim sainthood.

It seems to be an oxymoron, sinful saints, saintly sinners. That is what we celebrate on All Saints
Day, that our baptismal life is daily dying to sin and rising to new life in Christ.

Nadia Bolz-Weber put it this way. “The Christian faith, while wildly misrepresented in so much of
American culture, is really about death and resurrection. It’s how God continues to reach into the
graves we dig for ourselves and pull us out, giving us new life, in ways both dramatic and small.”
And so we journey on, living our lives with joy and confidence, celebrating as all saints.

Pastor Paul





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