O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up… Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7
Listen…Look…Can you see and hear God? In the book God is Closer Than you Think, John Ortberg asks us to look and listen for God’s presence and messages to us, not only in our daily lives but in the people around us. This Sunday is All Saints’ Day when we remember those we have loved in life and continue to love. But we should also remember and give thanks for the “Communion of Saints” that surround us each day, being aware that we, too, are called to be saints to others.
Ortberg reminds us… --When you see a difficult person, hear Jesus saying, “Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.” --When you see a needy person, hear, “Whatever you did for the least of these…you did for me.” --When you see someone you love, allow God to love you through that person. --When someone confronts you, ask God if perhaps he is speaking to you. --When you see a stranger, ask yourself “How can I, on behalf of Jesus, help them in some simple way today.”--When you see a fellow believer, hear Jesus saying, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” What a wonderful thing it is to be called a Saint of God!
This Sunday, November 4th, we remember the saints who have passed from our lives and honor them, but let us also honor the saints who are beside us!
November 11th -- Veteran’s Day
14th -- Thanksgiving/Bless the Hunters Worship and Meal
25th -- Christ the King Sunday – the last Sunday of the Church Year. On Christ the King Sunday we will review our Christian lives in and with the church through the voice of “an old church pew” in An Autobiography of an Old Church Pew. All neighbors, friends, family, and community as well as those who are just curious are invited and welcome to gather at Long Lake Lutheran in celebrating our life in Christ!