Watch Bishop Ward’s video about All Saints’ Day above. Read the transcript below.
“Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. On November 1, we celebrate the Festival of All Saints. We give thanks for the community we share in Jesus Christ with those on earth and in heaven – all of God’s saints. It’s a great encouragement to know that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.
The Festival of All Saints is a day in which we give thanks for the way God has claimed us and for the ways in which the Church, from the earliest times, have been a cloud of witnesses. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, reminded Methodists long ago, there is no such thing as a solitary Christian. The Feast of All Saints is a time to celebrate that, indeed, this is true. We are profoundly connected to one another.
So as November 1 approaches, give thanks for those around you who encourage you in living the Christian life. They are the visible saints, the community around God’s latest gift. And give thanks also for those in the communion of saints who are in glory in God’s fullest light, those who we have known and loved and who we see no more. Their witness continues to bless us. And then let our thanksgiving go to those in the community of saints who we never knew one-on-one, face-to-face – those in ages past, who wrote hymns, who wrote treatises and books, who engaged their life in mission in other times and in other places. God unites us all in a great community of belief and life and witness. And so, we celebrate this week the Festival of All God’s Saints.”