This Sunday will be another blessed and exciting day at Cathedral of Hope as we take time to remember and celebrate the many who are no longer with us as a part of our All-Saints Remembrance. On Sunday morning, at both our 8:30am and 10am services we will have pieces of music, surrounded by a special liturgy and we will also premier a commissioned piece of music that has been written for us to honor those who have died due to COVID-19. Both the space and the service will feel very different, but I hope that this opportunity to grieve, mourn and celebrate will help us all in our ability to process loss in profound and beautiful ways.
On Sunday evening at 7pm we will host a special concert/requiem here. We will be joined by several other choirs who are helping us to host a community event, designed to help our broader community grieve and celebrate more than 700,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the USA and over 5 million lost, globally. These number are overwhelming, but I know that having moments to help us remember, opportunities to lean into grief, help us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. They are important moments and I sincerely hope that you will join us in our community response.
November celebrates Thanksgiving and we are still receiving donations and sign-ups for Thanksgiving Baskets. These baskets, filled with the fixings for Thanksgiving Dinner for a family of four helps ensure that no-one will be without a meal of Thanksgiving Day – a day when we remember what we are grateful for and give thanks for friends and F(r)amily. Please sign up today and let’s make sure that we are able to provide more than 500 baskets, feeding more than 2000 individuals on Thanksgiving.
We continue to receive our pledges for 2022 and I want to strongly encourage you to make your pledge to the work and ministry of our church. These pledges are a part of our spiritual responsibility to work that God has called us to do and your pledge helps us manage the budget, programs, outreach, and ministry efforts in our attempt to change the world. Personal stories of transformation encourage me, daily, and help me to remember how vital our work is as we fulfil our vision of Proclaiming Christ through Faith, Hope and Love.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday and at the many other opportunities that we have to gather virtually and in-person.