October 31, 2007
Tomorrow, November 1, is All Saints' Day, an occasion to remember and give thanks for the saints (holy ones) of God throughout the ages, including those known to the whole world, those known only to a few, and those known only to God. Together they comprise the "great cloud of witnesses" who encourage us in our journey today. In one of his journals, Thomas Merton reflects on some of his favorite saints. Who might be among your favorite saints?
The saints of the 15th century are among those who most move me. In the collapse of medieval society, corruption of the clergy, decadence of conventional life, there emerged men and women of the laity supremely obedient to God, especially Nicholas of Flue and Joan of Arc. Complete and simple signs of contradiction to worldliness and system and convention and prejudiced interest. Not rebels at all, but completely meek and submissive instruments of God. In them you see clearly and movingly revealed what it is not to be a mere rebel but to be obedient to God as a sign to men, a sign of mercy, a revelation of truth and of power. I am drawn to these "signs" of God with all the love of my heart, trusting above all in their love and their intercession, for they live in the glory of God.
(from The Intimate Merton)
The Scripture lessons for Sunday, November 4, All Saints', Holy Communion:
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Sunday Conversations on Scripture texts and topics continue this Sunday, 10am, in Trinity Hall. David Sharrard will lead this Sunday's conversation. Feel free to stop in to join the conversation, have a cup of coffee, or just listen.
Children's Choir: This Sunday, November 4, 10am, Nell Horman continues her music work with the Walnut Hill children. Children and youth are invited to take part in these Sunday morning music times leading toward a Christmas presentation in December. Look for Nell on Sunday in the Children's Chapel (weather permitting) or in the upstairs office of Trinity Hall. For more information, contact Nell (273-1021).
The Vestry will meet this Sunday, 10am, in Trinity Hall.
Pass the Stuffing - For the last several years Walnut Hill Church has supported the Nathaniel Mission Community Thanksgiving Dinner by providing the "dressing" (a.k.a. "stuffing") for the meal (300 servings, approximately 12 large baking pans). By arrangement with Critchfield's the dressing will cost $18 per pan. Contact Lee Tucker to sponsor a pan.
Men's Dinner - Arrangements for the next Men's Dinner have been set as follows: Tuesday, November 13, 6pm, at Buddy's on High Street. The speaker will be Dr. Rick Lowery, Interim Dean of Students at Lexington Theological Seminary. His topic for the evening: "Still Brewing in Kentucky, Sacrifice in the Old Testament, and Conflict Resolution." To rsvp, contact Gene Brockopp (268-2045) or use the sign-up sheet in the sanctuary.
Thanks, news, etc...
*Thanks to...Shelby and Dougie Hilliard for their assistance during worship last Sunday; Nell Horman and Cory Sharrard for their Sunday morning work with the Walnut Hill children; Mark Horman for his recent work in the cemetery.
Peace to all.