From The Pastor,
From the Pastor
First, a word of thanks to my fellow clergy and the lay people who helped plan a wonderful worship service to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at First Lutheran Church on October 22. Thanks also to all the members of Augustana to attended and participated in this historic worship service. It was my honor to play the organ and accompany a wonderful choir, brass quartet, timpani, and hand bell players. Thank you, Diana Wooley for directing the large choir. I also had the pleasure to see my first bishop, Bishop Emerita Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl who preached at this service.
November’s name comes from novem, Latin for “nine.” There were only ten months on the oldest known Roman calendar with March, Latin Martius as the first month of the year perhaps as late as 153 BC.
November is a time to begin preparing for winter and finish up the fall yardwork and other tasks. It is a busy time in the church calendar beginning with All Saints Day on November 1. All Saints' Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls' Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven. The earliest record of the observance of All Saints Day in the Catholic Church was in the fourth century.
It is our tradition to remember those who entered sainthood through Holy Baptism, those who affirmed their sainthood through Affirmation of Baptism, and those who have entered eternal sainthood when God completes our baptism with our death. A list of those being lifted up on Sunday, November 5 is on page 2 of this issue of The Trumpeter.
Another time we gather is on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22. We will again be joined by the pastors and members from First Lutheran, Immanuel, St. John, and St. Luke Lutheran churches and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Although not a religious holiday, it is good to gather with fellow sisters and brothers in Christ to give thanks for all the blessings we have received and will receive. At Augustana we do that every Sunday as we gather for worship, as we hear God’s word, as we feast on Jesus’ meal, and as we are sent to live out God’s love in our daily lives.
The last Sunday of November we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday. On this day we look at the entire life of Jesus and what that means for us in this day and into the future.
Your fellow servant of Christ,