Tuesday, November 1, 2016

All Saints Day Reflection

Growing up “I sing a song of the Saints of God” was one of my favorite hymns. The accessible language, especially “you can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea,” always evoked images of the saints in my life. There are so many people that touch us throughout our lives in large and small ways.

Today at the All Saints’ Eucharist at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, I was thinking about
All Saints service at Grace. Photo by Caleb Lee
those that have died since last November 1. The Rev. Cn. George Tompkins passed away last November. He was a priest and a friend. A man of great wit and an undying love of The Episcopal Church. And a man that would have fallen over laughing if you referred to him as a saint but he was definitely one to me.

His funeral in the same church that I was sitting in today, brought together people from The Episcopal Church in South Carolina and those that left The Episcopal Church four years ago. It was a time of reconciliation to share memories and remember one of the saints in our lives. It was a reminder that even in the midst of pain and lawsuits, there is still more that binds us than divides us.

Today we used Form IV of the Prayers of the People. I kept thinking about those on “the other side”.

“…that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. “

Today I pray for those around me that we may be united in truth, especially those in the breakaway diocese.

“Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us.”

Bless those who are closely linked with ours through church, neighborhoods, schools, or common human existence.

“…we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.”

I pray that before we die and are together in your eternal kingdom, we find ways to share this life with all of the saints around us now.

We are quick to distinguish ourselves from “the other” these days, or at least the media portrays us that way. How can we “reconcile” ourselves with those around us, especially those that are different than us whether that be religion, political party, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation?

1 comment:

  1. Great way to show love towards them and I am glad that many people attended this wonderful ceremony for the love of saints. Good to see and may wish to all of you.