The church season of Pentecost begins on Pentecost Sunday (June 4, 2017) and continues for a long season (half the calendar year) through summer and fall until the First Sunday of Advent (December 3, 2017). Pentecost is one of the three main events of the entire church year, the others being Christmas and Easter. November is a deeply evocative time of the year. Beginning with All Saints Day and continuing through the festival of Christ the King, we are led into a contemplation of last things.
As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember those who have died in Christ. As the liturgical year draws to a close, we hear warnings about the end of time, stories of crisis and judgment, and parables of loss and death. We speak honestly about human frailty and mortality.
At the same time, we confess our faith in the risen Lord, in the communion of Saints, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. While we may face dying or death with fear, the liturgy calls us to hear the Lord’s promise that he is with us in life and death.
Christ has claimed us in baptism and nourishes us in baptism and nourishes us in the communion of his body and blood. He leads us to the new Jerusalem. There we shall join all the saints in praise of God, who has turned our graves into the doorway to eternal life.
The month of November is also the time that we give thanks at Trinity for God’s many blessings in our lives. We focus on sharing our time, talent and treasure with the church: This year, as part of our annual giving campaign, we will be considering how “We are called” to act with justice, to love tenderly, to serve one another, and to walk humbly with God!
Holy Days in October include
Feast of All Saints — November 5. In honor of all the Saints of God, our Family Service will feature a Parade of All Saints (wear a costume representing your favorite saint, sinner, ghost or goblin); a remembrance of those who have passed (bring a photo of loved ones who have passed); and a Potluck Lunch.
Thanksgiving Day – November 23. God’s abundant grace is the reason for our Thanksgiving.
Christ the King Sunday – November 26. We remember that.