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All Saints’ Sunday November 7, 2021

Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 24
Revelation 21:1-6a
John 11:32-44

This sermon will be short so that we can hear reports from our delegates to Diocesan Convention. 

Today is All Saints’ Sunday. Our reading from Isaiah rejoices in the great banquet that calls all the people of the world together to celebrate God’s reign. God swallows up death and wipes the tears from our faces.

In our reading from Revelation, there is a “new heaven and a new earth.” God us with us. There is no more mourning and crying, God is “making all things new.”

And in today’s gospel, our Lord raises his dear friend Lazarus from death, foreshadowing his own resurrection. And ours.

This wonderful feast celebrates the fact that we are members of the body of Christ. We are part of the great cloud of witnesses, followers of Jesus who have gone before us, those who are here now, and those who will follow him in the future. We are not alone. We are part of a dynamic, eternal, and very big family.

Our readings today make it very clear that, because of God’s love, and because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we are a people of hope. We are called to help to bring in the reign of God, the shalom of peace, wholeness, and harmony that is described in the passage from Isaiah.

After the tomb of Lazarus is opened, the risen Lazarus emerges with the strips of cloth which had been used to prepare him for burial still wrapped around his hands and feet and his face still wrapped in a cloth. Jesus says, “Unbind him and let him go.” Jesus frees us from everything that would imprison us— even death. He empowers us to join the great cloud of witnesses working to build his shalom. He calls us to new life, life in him. Today, we thank God for the life of General Colin Powell, a shining example of integrity and leadership among that great cloud of witnesses.

May we follow Jesus. May we walk the Way of Love. May we help our Lord build his shalom. Amen. 

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