This Sunday is a busy one in the life of our congregation. Sunday morning we’ll gather during our 10 AM worship time to recognize All Souls and All Saints Day.

All Saints Day, held on November 1 every year, is a day where we remember those who have carried the faith in our world throughout history. This Sunday we will remember those who’ve carried the faith to us, those who have carried the faith throughout Christian history, and those who have believed in the purpose of Benson Baptist Church from 1887 to today. We will have a candle lighting recognition as we remember these Saints in prayer.

Sunday, we will also take time in our worship service to commemorate All Souls Day. All Souls Day falls the day after All Saints, this year on November 2, but we will pause to remember those who’ve left our lives, church, and world since this time last year. We will light a candles and pause in remembrance and prayer for their memory and presence in our lives and world –– and the loss we’ve experienced in their passing.

One of the most important things we do as followers of Christ is to remember, pause, and mourn together. We will do that this Sunday morning from wherever we join together.

Sunday evening we will gather outside of our education building as we pause for a short service of prayer for our nation as we prepare to enter the final few days of a heated election season. Regardless of how you’ve cast your vote, we are still the community of Christ at Benson Baptist Church and we are still called together –– across all divides –– to be the light of Christ in our world. This Sunday night we will join together in prayer, in the belief that there is still hope for tomorrow (no matter how the election may end), and in the faith that the God who has brought us to today is still faithful to guide us into the path ahead.

As we prepare for this day of prayer and remembrance, know that I am thankful to be your pastor and to journey alongside you all. Ours is a special community of faith and, regardless of our differences in politics, theology, ideology, etc., we remain a family that loves one another and walks the road of life together –– just like so many at BBC have done before us.

Friends, we will get through the grief, anxiety, and pain of today if we continue to blaze the trail ahead together. Alone we will find ourselves hard-pressed to keep moving, together we find the strength to carry on.

I leave you with these words from the Hebrews 12:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Always remember that we are called to run this race together, keeping our eyes on Jesus… and holding one another up when we can’t.

Thankful to run it with you,