The formal adoption of All Saints' Day dates from the ninth century. However, in practice the observance of such a day was in vogue from a much earlier date. The original date was celebrated as Martyrs' Day. The emphasis of the earlier festival was the memory of the faithful departed who had triumphed over false gods and all enemies who persecuted the faithful. Today we remember those of our congregations who have died in the Lord this past year. Certainly the victory of their faith in our age is no less significant than the faith of the martyrs of the fourth century.
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So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.