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Central UMC Blog

The Pastor's Corner: Central's Saints

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This Sunday in worship we’ll be remembering those in the church who have passed away in the last year. We will lift up 30 names, honoring their memory and surrounding their loved ones with love and support. It’s a chance to look back and give thanks to God for those who have helped us on our journeys of faith, those saints of the church who strengthened us and brought us closer to Christ through their words and their actions. Along with the 30 names, we’ll add one more at the end, representing all of you who have lost a loved one this year. They may not have been members here, but they meant something to you - maybe it was a parent, a grandparent, a mentor, or a friend. All Saints’ Day is a reminder that we can’t make it on our own, that we all need saints in our lives, and this Sunday we’ll be giving thanks for them as we look back.

But it’s also a day to look forward. The word “Saint” is an interesting one. In Greek it means being holy or exhibiting holiness, and when we hear it we usually think of someone revered, like Saint Augustine or Saint Francis of Assisi. But in the Bible the word is used again and again to describe all Christians. Take just one example, Paul’s greeting to the church at Ephesus:

“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.”

Some translations use the word, “Saints” in place of “Holy people,” but what Paul is saying is that if you are a faithful follower of Christ Jesus, you are a saint! As he tells the Corinthians, you have been made new in Christ; the old life is gone, and a new life has begun (2 Cor. 5:17). This means that we have an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life through the way we live our lives. We have a chance to point people to Jesus through our words and our actions, just as those saints before us did on our behalf.

So, as we look back this coming Sunday and give thanks for Central’s saints, let’s also look forward to the day when someone will be sitting in a church on All Saints Sunday and thanking God for the part we played in their life. Let’s not just assume we could never be a “Saint”; why not start now? See you Sunday as we dig into Ch. 10 of The Story and think about what it means to say, “Yes!” to God.

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