Call to worship:
Pastor: From Ghoulies and ghosties, And Long-Leggity Beasties, and
Other things that go bump in the night —
People: Good Lord, Deliver us.
(Old English Litany)
So Halloween will be upon us in a couple of weeks. It is that time of the year when ghosts and goblins, witches and skeletons, hob-goblins, and ZOM-BIES, devils and demons and other such creatures of the night come out to haunt us. Since we live in the 21st century, and have mastered many technologi-cal breakthroughs, we not only have these ancient creatures of the night, but creatures of the 20th and 21st century also. These include Superman, Batman, the Hulk, Iron Man, Darth Vader, Robots, not to mention Mickey Mouse and his crew.
This Halloween while you greet and entertain the creatures of the night, you might want to ponder the fact that Halloween is a combination of a Pagan and a Christian holiday. Here is the story of Halloween.
Hundreds of years ago back in the times of the druid priests of Great Brit-ain there was a belief that witches, demons, and assorted evil spirits roamed and haunted the earth on the night before November 1st. Being quite terrified of these things, they armed themselves and burned huge bonfires to keep these spir-its away. There were other methods of dealing with these spirits also. One way was to put food out as “treats” to make the night creatures friendlier. The other way they dealt with these witches, and demons, was to dress up as witches and demons themselves and try to “trick” them. I mean really, if you were a witch, you wouldn’t try to hurt another witch, would you?
Well, the Catholic church, being tricky and subtle like the snake, decided to appropriate this pagan holiday by using November 1st as ALL SAINTS’ DAY (or All Hallows Day). This was the day on which all saints who had died were honored. October 31st became ALL HALLOWS EVENING or ALL HAL-LOWS EVEN, which was later distorted to HALLOWEEN.
Since the Catholic church was using this holiday – a young priest by the name of Martin Luther (the father of the Reformation – you know the guy that started all of these Protestant – protester – churches) decided that on October 31st 1517 he would nail his 95 Theses to the door at Wittenburg which started the Protestant Reformation.
So you see, there is a little more to Halloween than meets the eye. As they come to your door on October 31st remember that they may not all be demons, devils, and ZOMBIES, but that some of them may be saints and sinners as well.
In honor of all this stuff, and since our society and entertainment is having a love affair with ZOMBIES
these days, what with “The Walking Dead” on TV and the World War ZZZZZZZ!, and Warm
Bodies, and Zombie Land at the movies, I will bringing to you a message of GREAT IMPORTANCE ON
October 27 entitled
DANCING WITH ZOMBIES
Because I see “DEAD PEOPLE” ALL THE TIME!!!!!!
See you in church. . . . . unless you are part of the UNDEAD who walk this earth
November 6 6:00 PM Play Practice
November 13 6:00 PM Play Practice
November 20 6:00 PM Thanksgiving Dinner
November 20 7:30 PM Hanging of the Greens (or Decorating the church for Christmas!) You can work off those noodles and the pie!!
November 27 6:00 PM Play Practice
Once again it’s time for Lampstand children to present a Christmas Play. It will be for children 3 years through 6th grade. If you would like your child to participate, please fill out the form and return it to Michele Slunder, pam Haycraft, Judy Austin or put it in the offering plate. We also need parents to help as well!
It is very important that your child be at as many practices as possi-ble. Please let one of us know if they cannot be there.
Practice dates are:
November 6 6-7:00 PM
November 13 6-7:00 PM
November 27 6-7:00 PM
December 4 6-7:00 PM
December 7 Dress Rehearsal 9-10:30 AM
To Pastor Jack and the members of Lampstand Church,
Thank you for the gracious reception you and your congregation extend-ed to me on Sunday, September 29, 2013. It was a joy for me to be a part of your worship service. On behalf of Gideons International, I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone for their support of the Gideons work. 100% of all funds goes to place God’s precious Word all over the world. Thank each of you for your support!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
You can make a donation by sending it to:
PO Box 27
Shelbyville IL 62565