On the day after All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween), November 1, millions throughout the world will celebrate the solemnity of All Saints’. While every day in the Church year has a named saint day, All Saints’ Day honors all saints, known and unknown. This festival day invites us to reflect both on how we are living and how we might die an earthly death. (English bishop Jeremy Taylor offers that “holy living” and “holy dying” are a big deal!) This occasion also is when the body of Christ will become stronger when the sacrament of Holy Baptism is administered to seven infants and children at St. Peter’s at the 10:45 a.m. liturgy.
This spectacular day in parish life also will include the Consecration of Pledges to our stewardship campaign, Give to the Vision 2016: Generous Abundance. Launched on September 20 as an effort to raise a minimum of $950,000 in pledges by November 1, the multitude of “saints” that make up the St. Peter’s parish family are solicited to help fund the 2016 worship, outreach, programs, staff, administration, and facilities of our sacred place in Center City Charlotte. 100% participation is a goal that, by faith, can be reached if every household gives generously from the abundance given to them by God from whom all blessings flow. The Stewardship Team, Finance Committee, Vestry, and I pray that the goal will be exceeded so that there are no boundaries on what St. Peter’s can do to further the kingdom of God.
May we lift our voices on November 1 and sing:
For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia! But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day; the saints triumphant rise in bright array; the King of glory passes on his way. Alleluia, Alleluia!
Grateful for our life together at St. Peter’s,
– The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector