Pastor’s Ponderings – Halloween and Saints

Pastor's Ponderings

Dear Glen Mar friends,

As October draws to a close (!!) we have so many exciting things happening at Glen Mar. The signup to attend Journey to Bethlehem, 2022, will open on or about November 1, and if you have signed up to help, we will be in touch really soon with confirmation and instructions about the part you will play in the Greatest Story Ever Told.

Halloween is coming soon, and I know some Christians don’t celebrate it, but it actually has a long history in our faith tradition. In the 8th Century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as All Saint’s Day, and designated October 31 as “All Hallow’s Eve,” or as it became known “Halloween.” All Hallow’s Eve was a time to put on costumes and light bonfires, not to worship or even ward off the things we fear, but to disarm them in the light of Christ by making light of them. What is the antidote for our fears? Christ and Christ’s victory over all those things, is symbolized by the saints, robed in shining vestments, who come marching in on November 1.

All Saint’s Day is celebrated at Glen Mar on the first Sunday in November. This year, that’s November 6, at both the 9:30 am and 11:00 am services. You are invited to submit pictures and names of the saints (family, friends, neighbor/community members) in your life who have passed from labor to reward over this past year. Please submit pictures and names to us by Wednesday, November 2 to our Worship team.

I hope you’ll join us, in person if you can, this weekend, as part of our The Tie That Binds series, as we learn about how Jesus pours into us, and how we are called to be poured out in love and serves to others. Don’t miss the blessing God has in store for you in our praising, growing and serving together!

See you in Church,

Pastor Mandy

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