Our worship theme for November is inspired by a song. It’s new to us, and we’ll be singing it all month. The first line is: “Lord Jesus, you shall be my song as I journey.” I learned it when a friend of mine announced that it will be one of her funeral songs, and then she sang it. It’s honestly one of the most beautiful songs I ever heard.
All Saints Day is a festival commemorating all baptized people of God. We usually remember those who have died in the faith in the previous year. It’s also our namesake. It’s our festival day. Not only are we by God’s grace all saints, we are also by that same grace All Saints. We, who once were not a people, are now God’s people.
Songs familiar and new; birth, death and rebirth; Christ our companion; sharing our faith with others—these are all the themes not just of All Saints Sunday, but this month of worship. I’ll be preaching a sermon series November 10, 17, and 24 called “Everyday Evangelism.” We’ll explore practical wisdom for speaking Jesus to people we meet every day. We’ll also hear, not just from me, but from a couple of other everyday evangelists.
“Be our new song”…in the last few weeks, the band has introduced a new song: “Glory.” We’ve accepted the psalmist’s invitation to “Sing to the Lord a new song!” We will again this November, just as we have these last few years.
Let’s sing, not for ourselves alone but also for our neighbors and world. The song of Jesus makes sinners saints and raises the dead.