November 1, 2019
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Life can feel like a riddle. Why are we here? What is the meaning of our lives? What should we do while we are alive?

Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount seems like a good place to go to answer our questions. This week part of his famous sermon is at the center of our Feast of All Souls and All Saints. You remember the topsy turvy blessings…blessed are the hungry, blessed are the poor, blessed are the sorrowful, blessed are those who are despised. Like the questions at the heart of life, they are more of a riddle than a sermon.

There is a form of Christianity that is fill in the blank answers to our questions supporting a positive outlook. It might make us feel better but it bypasses the riddle, the challenge, and the full truth. Why is there poverty, hate, and suffering? What should we do about it? Who should do something about it? Jesus does not answer our perplexing social political and policy problems, Jesus does not give clarity about what exactly to do with our lives, and yet the truth is a comfort in and of itself. It may be harsher than we want and yet through the truth we will be set free.

The Feast of All Souls and All Saints invites into the truth that in life there is poverty, hunger, sorrow, hate and death, but our faith does not stop there. With God, we are invited to allow the truth and its corresponding tension, fear, aversion to help toward the dual calling of belief and action. God, the Son, did not escape the experience of death rather faced it with love, forgiveness and for the benefit others. The truth transforms us.

The saints in our lives and the Saints of the church hold in common the loving truth at the center of life. Through Christ we can believe that bellies will all be full, sorrow will be over, authentic peace will reign and that even death will not part us from Love. 

With you on the journey,
Coming Up this Weekend
Saturday, November 2
5:00 p.m. | Small Group Dinners

Sunday, November 3
Daylight Saving Time Ends
One Service Only @ 10:00 a.m.
9:15 a.m. | Thirty Worthy Minutes -- History of SJTL

10:00 a.m. | Holy Eucharist with Contemporary Language

10:00 a.m. | Godly Play

11:00 a.m. | Sweet Treats & Fellowship

11:00 a.m. | SongPlay Choir

6:15 p.m. | North Shore Meditation Community
From the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
In Memoriam: Bishop James Montgomery, 1921-2019
Vigil and funeral service information 
Bishop James Montgomery, ninth bishop of Chicago, died at his home in Chicago on October 23 at the age of 98, following a brief illness.

On Sunday, November 3, the  Church of the Atonement  will host a vigil for Bishop Montgomery from 4-7 pm. Atonement is located at 5749 N. Kenmore Avenue and there is limited parking located directly across the street. If needed, overflow parking will be available at Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church (5649 N. Sheridan Rd., between the hours of 3-9 pm) and at Emanuel Congregation (5959 N. Sheridan Rd., from 5-9 pm).

A Eucharist for the Burial of the Dead will be held Monday, November 4 at 11 am at  St. James Cathedral with Bishop Lee presiding. A reception will follow.  Parking is available at two nearby garages.

Clergy who wish to vest and process are asked to review these guidelines and RSVP by Friday, November 1, for planning purposes. 

Read obituaries for Bishop Montgomery from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times .

Bishop Montgomery's family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of the Atonement