Pastor Eric Schroeder - All Saints' Day - Sunday, November 3, 2019
Text: Isaiah 26: 1-4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 19-21
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As we gather for All Saints’ Day, I suppose it is important that we spend some time talking about what we mean by the word saint. Depending on who is using the word and how they are using it, saint can mean very different things, and there is great potential for confusion. I don’t know how closely you pay attention to this type of news, but just a few weeks ago, this headline popped up in my news feed: “Divine Intervention? Pope Francis May Have Accidentally Blessed the New Orleans Saints with a Victory Thanks to This Accidental Tweet.” The news story was about how the Pope was using his Twitter account to report a recent act by the catholic church, but when he attached a hashtag to the word “saints,” the information went out to all the fans who follow the football team that goes by that name. (Kids, if you don’t know what a Twitter hashtag is, ask your parents…Parents, if you don’t know what a Twitter hashtag is, ask your kids.) At any rate, the New Orleans Saints won the game 13-6 with a fourth-quarter touchdown. Same word, very different meanings. Confusion results.
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