November: Endings and Beginnings
November 1, All Saints Day. We gather to observe the festival of All Saints with worship and Holy Communion. In this service, we will take time to remember all who have gone before us in the faith, especially those who have entered the church triumphant this year, with special prayers and a candle-lighting. To include your loved-ones in the prayers this Sunday, please see the All Saints post on our Facebook page or e-mail your name and the name of the person you would like to remember to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After worship on November 1 (11:15 a.m.), we will gather in the memorial garden for brief spoken service to remember all the saints who are interred there.
November 8. Youth Sunday. Our children take leadership roles in our worship -- reading, praying, ushering and assisting -- for this Service of the Word with music from the children's choir.
November 15. Holy Communion. In November, we come to the end of the church year, and we look ahead in hope to the dawn of a new age and to Christ's coming in glory. As we gather with the saints at the table and share Christ's body and blood for us, we join our cry to the ancient cry of Jesus' disciples -- Come quickly, Lord!
November 22. Christ The King Sunday. We mark the end of the church year with a special service of the word that celebrates triumph over sin and death and reviews how God has been at work in every time and every season.
November 29. First Sunday in Advent. We begin our observation of Advent with Holy Communion and the lighting of the first candle on our Advent wreath. In Advent, we do more than countdown to Christmas, we pray that God's Holy Spirit is stirred within us so that we do not lose faith, but continue to anticipate, to watch for and to joyfully hope for the full coming of God's kingdom.
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