“Gathered in Love: All New Things” – October 31, 2021

Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin

Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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Dear SDUMC Family,

This Sunday, we will celebrate All Saints' Sunday, where we will spend time in prayer and share the names of those who have entered the Eternal Kingdom in the last year. Also, we will be blessed as our dear friend and SDUMC Pastor-In-Residence, Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin, shares the message. Here are a few thoughts from Rev. Faith for this Sunday.

Over the years, there have been a number of novels, plays, films, and video games that offered more than one ending. The 1985 murder mystery movie Clue had three different endings and three different guilty parties. Theatres randomly got different endings. When Clue came out on DVD, buyers got all three. You could pick one, two or three. Or you could just let the DVD randomly choose for you.

When it comes to how we view life; there are also “alternate endings”. Some say it ends in nothingness. Dead is dead; there’s nothing beyond. Others say it’s an eternal cycle of birth and re-birth as we strive to “get it right”. Some say it ends in joy and others say it ends in judgment. Many are all too willing to tell you just what your ending will be like.

I prefer a different view. I prefer to let God’s love and grace determine what all our endings will be. I prefer to view that ending not in terms of fear but of faith.

This Sunday we’ll celebrate All Saints’ Day. We’ll talk about that ending we call death but also about that new beginning we call the kingdom of God. We’ll give thanks for loved ones now “present with the Lord” and reaffirm our witness and call to be a people of hope and blessing set in the midst of the world.

With that enigmatic poet Emily Dickinson let us claim anew the promise we have in Christ.
This life is not conclusion. A sequel stands beyond. Invisible as music, and positive as sound.

I look forward to gathering in God's love with you this Sunday. We'll meet at 8 a.m. in the Chapel for our shortened Communion Worship, 9:30 a.m. for our Sanctuary Worship with the Chancel Choir, and Livestream Worship at 9:30 a.m. (throughout the day and week on our YouTube channel).

Grace and Peace,
John

P.S. On Sunday afternoon, we will have a special time for the children of the community, and we can still use some cars, volunteers, and candy donations (you can drop off any donations between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the church office on Sunday). See more information about our 2021 Fall Festyou'reelow. Also, if you're on social media, share our invite with the families in your community.

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