- All Saints' Day is a very special celebration which dates back to at least the seventh century. Initially started in Rome to celebrate the lives of the martyrs, the feast was expanded in the eighth century to include a celebration of the Apostles and all the saints and set to its current date at the beginning of November. Known in medieval England as "All Hallows' Day" (from the Middle English word for "holy"), the feast is more popularly known today for its association with "All Hallows' Even" or "Halloween," the night before All Saints' when we use humor to ridicule the power of death, whose defeat in Christ is most especially seen in the lives of the martyrs. All Saints' Day is a time when we celebrate the power of God to transform the lives of ordinary human beings, and give thanks to him for providing us with such a great cloud of witnesses to encourage us in our own walks of faith. To symbolize our place with the saints who are now in glory, we will march in triumphal procession with them at the beginning of our service.
- We are pleased to welcome Dr. Christopher Hall as our guest preacher for the day. Dr. Hall is known to many of you as a gifted preacher and teacher. In addition to his role as the Director of Academic Spiritual Formation and Distinguished Professor of Theology at Eastern University in St. David's, Pennsylvania, he has for many years taught a highly sought-out Sunday School series at Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, Pennsylvania. In these courses, he has especially brought to bear his extensive knowledge of the early church and the Church Fathers. This Sunday, he will be opening up the Scriptures for us with the help of St. John Chrysostom, who served as Archbishop of Constantinople from the years 398 to 404. John "the golden-mouthed" (as his nickname "Chrysostom" means in Greek, on account of his famous eloquence in the pulpit) is a particular favorite of Fr. Adam's, who spent an entire semester studying him during his Th.M. coursework at Boston College. You can read more about Dr. Hall here.
- The Feast of All Saints' represents our second anniversary as a church and Fr. Adam's first anniversary as your Rector. On All Saints' Day in 2012, we held our first public service at Wayne United Methodist Church, Exactly a year later, in 2013, Fr. Adam joined us on his very first Sunday as your Rector.
- Finally, All Saints' Day is a day especially set aside for baptisms. For this reason, we will be taking the time to welcome Nicholas Thomas Edman as the newest member of our congregation and the global household of faith through the waters of spiritual regeneration. You can read more about that here.
Please join us for a very special service on Sunday, November 2, at 4:00 pm.