Topic

Our eternity Sunday service was led by J. Evan Kreider as we remembered all the saints who had gone before us. With a selection of readings and prayers, and with songs by Eric Hannan we remembered our own, Verna Reesor, Bill Riediger and Bert McGee, as well as friends and relatives of those at PGIMF. The promise God gives to all who believe in his power to save was outlined in a reflection by Alexander Schmemann, an American Orthodox bishop who passed away in 1983. His scorn of the secular views of life and death contrasted with Christian view, encouraging us not to be reconciled to death, but to stand revealed of the Truth of its awfulness, that we may be encouraged to be saved by this Truth. This awfulness of death, when truly, viscerally experienced, is the greatest goad to trusting in Christ – Schmemann speaks of the “the great joy that the disciples felt when they saw the risen Christ” for then they knew how truly this awfulness had been abolished, and with it, the promise of remission of sins and new life was fulfilled in Truth, before their very eyes. It was no longer a wishful hope, but a reality, as it should be for us today. The words of Edna St. Vincent Millay hold the greatest inspiration for us “I am not resigned…down, down, down into darkness of the grave…”if we can but see as the disciples did, and know as they knew, that death, for once, had been truly conquered. [AP]

Service Details

Passage:

Communion: Yes

Ecumenical or Event: Mission Sunday/Eternity Sunday

Potluck Lunch: No

Congregational Meeting: No

Worship Team

Speaker: No speaker

Worship Leader: Evan Kreider

Song Leader: Eric Hannan

Pianist: Ruth Enns

Usher: Rovin Karuna

Childrens Feature Leader:

Hospitality

Bring Flowers:

Coffee Helper:

Sound Helper:

Sunday School Team

Child Care Volunteer: Janice Kreider