All Saints/Memorial Sunday

This Sunday we’ll be observing All Saints/Memorial Sunday.  We combine the two because All Saints Day is the church’s ancient memorial day. As The United Methodist Book of Worship puts it:

All Saints … is a day of remembrance for the saints, with the New Testament meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregations. [1]

I’ll be preaching on 1 John 3:1-3. We’ll also celebrate Holy Communion, name the honored dead and recognize memorial gifts.

[1] The United Methodist Book of Worship (Nashville, TN: United Methodist Publishing House, 1992), 413.