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Nov
08
2019
Friday, November 08 2019
All Saints' Sunday

Eighteen years ago we added All Saints’ Sunday to our annual church calendar.  On the first Sunday in November, we light candles in remembrance of members of our church family who have passed away in the previous twelve months.  This is always a poignant service because we are reminded of ones who we love who were with us and now are not.  Even though we know that they have taken up residence in their heavenly home, we miss them.  This year we lit candles for eight individuals.  Memories of them and their contributions to the faith community known as Broadus continue to encourage us and propel us forward as we seek to be faithful to our calling to be a light in our world.

Too often when we hear the word “saint,” we think of individuals who have been canonized by the church.  People like Francis of Assisi and Mother Teresa.  But when Paul refers to saints in Romans 1:7, “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ,” he is talking to you and me, too. 

A saint is a person called by God to be holy, to live his or her life for Him.  Each and every one of us who call Jesus Lord are called to be saints.


Over the years, we have lit candles for 124 saints.  None of them would claim to have been perfect people, and some might even shy away from being called a “saint,” thinking they weren’t worthy of such a title.  As Christians, we are learning to live into our calling, learning what it means to seek God first.  Sometimes we fail; sometimes we succeed, but that doesn’t change the goal.

On this and every All Saints’ Sunday, we are reminded of our calling and are thankful for the saints who are no longer with us here on Earth, who have set an example for us and have joined the “cloud of witnesses” that continue to encourage us to be faithful followers to the end.  

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At Broadus Memorial Baptist Church we believe we are called to love God and love our neighbors. The stories you read on this blog offer a witness to the ways we respond to God's love and seek to share that love with others. 

Scripture describes the church as a body, made up of many parts. Just as your tiniest toe isn't aware of the intricate work your heart or brain do, it can sometimes happen that people in the church body only see what is happening immediately around them. Our hope is that reading these stories will help forge connection and inspire greater love and understanding for one another.

At Broadus we are a community defined by warm-hearted fellowship and thoughtful inquiry. We hope you see evidence of that in the stories we share here. We hope you know, or come to know, that you are a part of God's grand story and that you are welcome to join us, on a Sunday, a Wednesday, or any gathering in between. 

The life of faith is a journey, and we are not meant to walk it alone. Our stories connect us and we are excited to share some of ours with you. 

If you have a story you'd like to share or would like to connect in some other way you can send an email to bmbcmail@gmail.com or call (434) 977-7381.