Todd Hammond’s funeral is at St. Andrew’s at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 13. I hope many of you will be able to attend to support Bev and her family.
Our Stewardship Campaign comes to a close on Sunday. Thank you to everyone who has turned in your pledge card and fall leaf. As of today we’ve received 36 pledges, still short of the 51 we received last year and the 61 we received for 2019. We are also still short of our goal of $155,000. Please turn in your pledge card and your fall leaf on Sunday at the latest. Thank you!
The annual Diocesan Convention will be held via Zoom and YouTube on Friday, November 5 – Saturday, November 6. All delegates and alternates should have already registered. Everyone else is welcome to attend Convention as a guest via YouTube at Episcopal Church of NH's YouTube channel. Convention begins at 7:00 pm on Friday and at 9:00 am on Saturday.
The keynote speaker on Friday evening is the Rev. Katie Renger, Episcopal Church Staff Officer for Church Planting. For more information on Diocesan Convention, go to nhepiscopal.org/convention. I hope you will join in!
The Bishop will be with us for his bi-annual visitation this Sunday. Following the service he will have a Q & A session for the parish, and then a meeting with the Vestry. I hope you will be able to attend church, welcome the Bishop and worship with him!
As November 7 is the first Sunday of the month, we will have one service at 9:00 am.
Finally, November 7 is also the day we end Daylight Savings, so don’t forget to turn your clocks back.
The remaining Sundays at 8:00 and 10:00 AM
This Sunday-November 7
All Saints' Sunday
at 9:00 a.m.
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
First Lesson Isaiah 25:6-9
In this Hebrew scripture reading we hear a prophetic hymn envisioning the day of the Lord’s salvation. The prophet uses a rich banquet as an image for the time of festival. It takes place on the mountain of the Lord’s temple, Mount Zion, where heaven and earth figuratively meet. This great feast will be for all people, and even the power of death will be overcome.
As pilgrims go up to God’s holy place for worship, they cleanse themselves and praise the just Lord, who has created all things.
The Second Lesson Revelation 21:1-6a
In this apocalyptic vision of the world to come God will indwell all creation, bringing transformation and renewal. Death and the first things have passed away, supplanted by the eternal order symbolized by the new Jerusalem, the church in culmination, coming down as from heaven. It is Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, who establishes this promise, and he will be as a spring of living and perpetual water to all who drink from him.
The Gospel John 11:32-44
In our gospel lesson Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Arriving in Bethany after the death of his friend Lazarus, Jesus encounters first Lazarus’s sister Martha and then his sister Mary. Neither of the sisters fully comprehend Jesus’ power over death. Deeply affected, Jesus weeps. So that they and others might believe more deeply in God, Jesus summons Lazarus to come forth from his tomb.
Updating the Prayer List
Please let Deb know if you need someone added to the prayer list. Thank you.
Lord, not you,
it is I who am absent.
belief was a joy I kept in secret,
into sacred places:
a quick glance, and away — and back,
I have long since uttered your name
I elude your presence.
to think about you, and my mind
like a minnow darts away,
darts into the shadows, into gleams that fret
the river's purling and passing.
Not for one second
will my self hold still, but wanders
everywhere it can turn. Not you,
it is I am absent.
You are the stream, the fish, the light,
the pulsing shadow,
you the unchanging presence, in whom all
moves and changes.
How can I focus my flickering, perceive
at the fountain's heart
the sapphire I know is there?
~ Denise Levertov