This Sunday, October 29, 2017, we begin a new sermon series, Extravagant Generosity: The Heart of Giving. We will explore and celebrate matters of our hearts. It is our hope that this will be a very meaningful time for our congregation. In worship on Sunday, we would like you to respond to the question: “What do you love about your church?” on your Connection Card.
And then next Sunday in worship (November 5, 2017) we will celebrate All Saints’ Day. Did you know there is a connection between All Saints’ Day and Halloween? (I haven’t even bought any candy yet, much less thought about what costume I might wear!) I’ve done some research and thought you might find the connection between Halloween and All Saints’ Day interesting.
The earliest traces of Halloween date back to the ancient Celtic New Year, which was celebrated on November 1, and the festival of Samhain (pronounced sow – in), which was celebrated the day before. Eventually, the Romans combined the festival of Samhain with two of their own: the first being a day that was set aside to honor the dead, and the second being a day to honor the goddess of fruits and trees. It is in the first Roman celebration that we begin to see the roots of what we know today as All Saints’ Day, and the second is believed to be the genesis of the tradition of “bobbing for apples” that we see today.
All Saints’ Day is still November 1, but is not nearly as well known as the day before – All Hallows’ Eve, aka Halloween – yet is far more important in the life of the church. All Saints’ Day is an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith, both the saints in glory and those on earth, who have shared the love of Jesus Christ with us and shaped us into the Christ-followers we are today. On the first Sunday in November, during worship, we will continue this long-standing tradition and remember the ‘saints’ in our lives.
Looking forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday, as we explore the massive potential of Extravagant Generosity.
If you’d like to read more about Halloween and All Saints’ Day, check out these websites: