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All Saints Vigil- Saturday, October 31 at 7pm


 
 
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." (Hebrews 12:1-2a)
 
At OSLC, we usually celebrate All Saints Day on the Sunday closest to November 1. We have a tradition of lighting candles at the font and writing down the names of those who have died in the last year in a special book. We listen as singers in our midst sing a beautiful 'Litany of the Saints,' which includes faith ancestors alongside those who have died and those who have been baptized in our community in the last year. The tears always flow freely - tears of grief and gratitude.
 
All Saints feels all the more important this year. We carry more grief than usual after the brutal police killing of George Floyd and the lives lost to Covid, and in our time of isolation and political turmoil, it seems we need to draw on the wisdom of faith ancestors more than ever.
 
So this year, we will add a new worship service to our calendar - All Saints Vigil. Much like our Easter Vigil in April, this service will be a true work of the people, a night of celebration and community.  Instead of Old Testament stories that we tell at Easter Vigil, the stories this time will be the lives of the saints - stories of faithful witnesses over the centuries, the famous and the ordinary, ones dear to us or ones admired by us, those who have guided our ways and lent us wisdom that gives us strength for our journeys of faith.
 
As we did in April with the Easter Vigil, we will be creating a video for the All Saints Vigil. So save the date! The All Saints Vigil will 'premiere' Live on our Facebook page and on YouTube at 7pm on Saturday, October 31.

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