This Sunday we are going to celebrate for a whole bunch of reasons!
We’ll celebrate because it is All Saints Sunday! This is our opportunity to honor those saints who have come before us – those pillars of Christian virtue who loved the faith so much that they handed it to you and to me.
But notice how I worded that. You see, All Saints isn’t just about recognizing that particular group of folks who have been officially canonized by the church (although that list is important too). No, saints are those folks who have passed the faith down to us. They are Sunday School teachers and prayer partners, Shepherding Group Leaders and youth group sponsors and sometimes they are even pastors. This Sunday we’ll recognize those saints who have gone on before us (we’ll have a special prayer for the members of FCC Scottsdale who have died in the past 12 months) and we’ll recognize the saints that are still hard at work all around us in the hope that we can recognize the saint that is inside of each and every one of us.
Which leads me to the other reason we’re celebrating this Sunday: It is Dedication Sunday! This Sunday we’ll wrap up our Stewardship Season by collecting and blessing our 2014 Pledge Cards. We’ve been using the theme Saints Alive! Living Generously! this Stewardship Season, and this Sunday will be our opportunity to do just that – to celebrate the saints at FCC Scottsdale, to celebrate the wonderful things that we are doing together to help further God’s kingdom by being the hands of Jesus at work in our community, and to give generously to support our church.
Oh, and if you forget your pledge card (and I’ll confess, I leave mine on the kitchen table just about every single year!) then don’t worry…we’ll have plenty of extras on Sunday morning.
Your generosity helps makes our ministries possible at FCC Scottsdale. So come join us this Sunday and help us celebrate Saints Alive! Living Generously!