All Saints Day - Baptism Sunday
Topic: Created to Worship Passage: Matthew 5:1–12
All Saints Day is when the Church is made aware of the heavenly community which “rejoices with us but upon another shore and in a greater light, that multitude whom no one can number, whose hope was in the word made flesh, and with whom we for evermore are one...” We have read visions of this recorded in Scripture... in Daniel last week, and this week in Revelation. This heavenly kind of worship is what we were created for, and what we long for... and we begin to to enter into it by our worship here on earth. The Gospel for All Saints is always Matthew 5:1-12…the Beatitudes of Jesus. There we can see how our life on earth connects with that great variety of people worshipping in that blessed multitude... Jesus is continually reminding us that God’s goodness and mercy are what blesses us, and our call is to be a people who bless others. Being with God is the key. And that happens as God encounters us, and as we seek after God... in worship and prayer and fellowship and Christian living and through Baptism and Holy Communion. In and through all this we are made one with that Blessed Multitude we remember on All Saints Day.
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