November 1 is All Saints Day, but we recognize it on the Sunday after. All Saints Day has been celebrated in the church since the fourth century. It’s the day for us to remember the saints who have died. Not just the Saints who have been canonized by the church, but saints in the way Paul talks about them as the people of God. We read the names of members who have died the previous year to remember and celebrate their lives, along with all the other saints who have come before us.
We remember the ones on whose shoulders we stand today, the saints who sacrificed and served for the sake of Christ that we might be people of faith. We remember those have nurtured our own faith and are thereby inspired to invest in other people’s lives and nurture their faith as well.