An All Saints Day service held in a church cemetery may be an unfamiliar tradition for you, but it is a several hundred year old tradition among the church throughout the world to hold All Saints Day services at the grave sites of the faithful departed.
Usually, these are luminary (candle lit) services honoring the witness of the church’s faith in Christ and the faith-filled lives of those who have gone before us to rest in peace until the day of the Lord’s return. One could think of it as the original Memorial Day/ Decoration Day looking to the faithful departed as fallen Christian soldiers. Their faith-filled lives encourage us to bravely face the trials of this fallen world by pointing us to trust in Christ.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7 p.m., The Refinery will be holding an All Saints Day service of Scripture, prayer, song and remembrance on the cemetery grounds of Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township. Generally, all believers in Christ are regarded as saints. All Saints Day is a day to celebrate the hope of all Christians, and to find strength in the faithful witness of those who rest in peace.
Whether or not you have a church home you are welcome to attend this simple service. Come 10-15 minutes early for refreshments. Questions? Call Pastor Grannis at (952) 686-3046.