This weekend we have the couplet of Halloween and All Saints, Day, back to back. The two are NOT unrelated. On Halloween it’s about the darkness, and the evil that dwells there. It’s a time for the world to revel in it. All Saint’s Day is all about the light, the eternal heavenly light that the faithfully departed bask in, a light that we the church revel in while here on earth. The name “Halloween” points to its relation to All Saints’. Halloween comes from “All Hallows E’en”…the evening before All Hallows, or All Saints’ Day. Think of it like the relationship between Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and Ash Wednesday. The sinful world embraces the party, while the Church, the Body of Christ revel in the Feast of God. We the redeemed in Christ have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9) and we are to walk (live) in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). Our focus this weekend is light. The light of Christ and the eternal light of heaven. Ours is a celebration of the Light of the World, Christ Jesus our Lord. Oh’ and by the way, this weekend there is an extra hour of darkness compliments of the fact that Daylight Saving Time ends and Standard Time begins…go figure!
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009