The Good Newsletter
Reflections from Pastor Norma
Have you ever played the game where the leader shouts out the month, and the crowd shouts out the theme? For example: January = New Year, February = Valentines Day and it goes on through the calendar. Well, what would you shout out if we said OCTOBER? Mmmm...
Chances are, the shout out would be HALLOWEEN! Well, the Retail Stores are already filled with Halloween décor!
The origins of Halloween go back almost 2,000 years ago, and has sort of a dark side when the Celtics in Ireland celebrated the dead. These cultish people who worshiped pagan gods had a Festival of Samhain. This event is said to be the one day you could be with your dearly departed.
It would be years later Halloween would take on the designs of a Christian Holiday by Pope Gregory. By the 12th Century it became more of a Holy Day of Obligation to remember the saints and the martyrs of the Church. The carry over from the Celtics of bringing food to the grave sites is still carried out in the Hispanic and Filipino cultures from their Catholic origins. The “Trick or Treating” came much later in the USA and scary costumes and superheroes are still very much the attire for Halloween which falls on the last Thursday of October.
Many of our Christian Holidays all had pagan origins and some criticize us for that. However, the intent of the early church leaders was to attach a pagan holiday to introduce a Christian event for secular people. This is why we celebrate Christmas in December and not in the Spring time when Jesus is more likely to have been born. I for one applaud the Church leaders because their goal was “to reach the more for Christ”.
How about us…..can we discover ways to meet “the more for Christ?” We will once again have The Blessing of the Animals and our Stewardship Campaign will kick off this month of October. Wherever John and I travel we try to see how we can introduce Jesus in contemporary and humorous ways. After all, our Savior said these very words: “I have come that you might have life; and have it more abundantly!” (John 10:10).
Yes, this is the time that we can really try to reach “the more for Christ!” when we proclaim the theme of this years Stewardship Campaign, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and The life…(John 14:6)
We have three distinct months left: October, November and DECEMBER!
Faith on the Journey!
-Rev. Norma DeSaegher
SCRIPTURES OF THE MONTH
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise. (Ephesians 5:17a)
Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power! (Ep. 6.10)
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