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Pastor’s Note for November 7

Christ Enthroned in the Heavenly Jerusalem, attributed Thomas Matthews Rooke, 1885, Dome of the American Church in Rome

Dear Friends,

As we’ve turned the page somehow to November, this Sunday we mark the end of daylight savings time and fall back an hour, perhaps having to hunt in the car for the owner’s manual for the seven easy steps to resetting the clock (or perhaps the clock will now be correct again, with our not having managed to re-set it last time!)

This Sunday is also when we celebrate All Saints Sunday, a day when we remember those who have gone before us in faith, those dear to us whom we have lost, whose life and love we remember.  We will sing the glorious Vaughan Williams hymn “For All the Saints,” and take heart in remembering their witness.

The following week on November 14, we will have our Annual Meeting, again this year by the online video-conferencing platform Zoom, so that both those who have been attending in person and those not yet able to do so may take part.  Please call or email the church during the week ahead of the meeting if you would like help connecting to Zoom.

And on the following Sunday, November 21, our worship will hold a special celebration.  Alexander Wendeheart, a member of our church who has been a candidate for ministry under care of our Session, will be ordained in the morning service.  This is relatively rare in the life of our church, and we hope that those witnessing the service might reflect on the direction of their call and vocation in life, whether ordained ministry might become their path.

So I hope you can join us for worship on Sunday, in person or online, as together we remember the saints who have gone before us into life, singing…

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever bless’d.
Alleluia, alleluia!

O, bless’d communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine,
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia, alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west.
Soon, soon to faithful servants cometh rest.
Sweet is the calm of paradise the bless’d.
Alleluia, alleluia!

Wishing you the blessings of the fall,


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Portland, Oregon 97205

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