All Saints Remembrance this Sunday
This Sunday we shall honor all our loved ones who joined the Church Triumphant in the past year. You see this list below of members of Shepherd of the Valley and also friends of our members.
In the Presbyterian tradition, when a Christian dies, we gather to celebrate the resurrection life of our Lord Jesus Christ in the life of our departed loved ones. All Saints Sunday does not so much emphasize the extraordinary achievements of a particular Christian as much as emphasizing the grace and work of the Lord in the lives of ordinary people. The real celebration regards the fact that by God’s Grace He has made us “saints.”
In our lives here, we are saints – “holy” is the meaning of the word “saint” because the Lord has called us, chosen us, and sanctified us both here and in the life to come. We believe that we are surrounded still by that “great cloud of witnesses” who have preceded us into our celestial home.
If you desire to remember a loved one who has died, we invite you to join us at prayer time around the Table of the Lord following the sermon. Come and share this time together.