Pastor’s Message – November 2020
Several significant spiritual events and celebrations are happening in the month of November 2020. We begin the month of November with our All Saints’ Day recognition on Sunday Nov. 1st. In this special service of worship, we acknowledge the loss of lives we have experienced in the past one year. The names of the ones who departed are read in the service of worship, and a candle is lit in memory of that loved one. The Church of Jesus Christ exists in two places: on earth and in heaven. The church on earth in this service of worship recognizes that our loved ones, who died in the Christian faith, now reside in the church in heaven.
From All Saints’ Day, we move into the earthly realm of election day, Nov. 3rd. While it is not within my frame of mind to promote any candidate, I will just say that prayer for our nation is always needed. Perhaps, we could all agree to pray for our land the day before election day, the day of election day, the day after election day and on and on and not stop praying for our nation.
Nov. 11th is Veterans’ Day. On this day, our nation is to be grateful to those men and women who served in any of the branches of the U.S. military. The Day of Remembrance was set on November 11th because the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918, the Armistice was signed for a cease fire in World War One. The cease fire was a prelude to the final cessation of hostility when The Treaty of Versailles signed June 28, 1919.
Of course, we are all awaiting Nov. 25th for our Thanksgiving Day celebration of great food in the company of family and friends. As you prepare for this day, it might be a good idea to create a list of your own thanksgivings to God. Read this list to your family and friends before you enjoy the meal. The true focus of this day of celebration is to be on God, and our thankfulness for His goodness and His provisions in our lives.
Lastly, the church calendar will begin on Sunday, Nov.29.th The church year begins with Advent. The word “advent” comes from a Latin word that means “coming.” The church is to prepare and get ready for the coming of Christ. The church usually just focuses on the first coming of Jesus, as an infant in the manger. But, the church is not to ignore the second coming of Christ in the season of Advent. So, as a preacher of God’s Word, I always preach on the topic of the second coming of Christ on the first Sunday of Advent. Now you know what the topic of the sermon message will be on Sunday, Nov. 29th.
I desire for you to have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great month of November. Despite all the changes that have occurred, and all the restrictions imposed, the world can still be a wonderful place. “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I say rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
Pastor Ken Chorle