|The Flame that I Lit in Memory of Pastor Al|
and All the Others Who Have Passed the
Torch of the Gospel on for Generations.
For me, that person was Pastor Al. He cared enough to go head-to-head with me and defeat all my objections to God. He took the time to share Christ with me. He changed my world and lit a fire in me that continues to this day. I never got a chance to tell him in this life how thankful I am, but I know I will one day see him again in heaven and can thank him there.*
Sunday was All Hallows Eve and today is All Saints Day. Though many have connected these dates with pagan holidays, they are actually Christian holidays. Yes, the Celts celebrated Samhain around this time, but many cultures have celebrated death at this time of year. Though we Americans live in a time of abundance, much of the world through most of our history have not. This time of year was when harvest was finishing and it was time to consider the long winter ahead, wondering if your family would survive till spring. Without electricity, the longer nights meant greater darkness and fear of those things that controlled the night. It's only natural to contemplate our mortality in these times.
All Saints is a time of hope. We remember those who have gone before us and take encouragement and hope because of what they brought us. Sorrow and Joy are just two sides of the same coin when we consider those we've lost.
A single lamp can light a room, but thousands can light the world. If we take any hope or encouragement from those that shared their Journey of faith with us before, then it is our absolute responsibility to honor them by sharing our faith and hope with others.
Our All Saints Celebration this last Sunday was about that very idea. As one match lights another and another, so too, someone shared with you and you must share your story with others.
Please listen through our service below. Contemplate those you've lost and then turn that into action.
* More about Pastor Al can be heard in the sermon link below and you can read the full story on my personal blog by clicking this link.
All Saints Celebration Service - Mountain View Christian Church 2010:
Scripture Reference: Matthew 28:19-20
Click on each link to listen to the Sunday, October 31, 2010 Service.
Welcome & Explanation of All Saints Celebration - Pastor Rodger S. Loar
Readings & Solo - Sarah Drum, Erin Paige, Rebecca Loar, Sharon Vincent (Readings) & Shellie Allen (Solo)
"His Name Was Al" Sermon by Pastor Rodger S. Loar
Songs of Remembrance, Prayer & Offering - Daniel Vincent and Earl Lewis
Communion & Sacred Space - Pastor Rodger S. Loar & Sharon Vincent (Piano)
Songs of Praise & Benediction - MVCC Praise Team