All Saints Day is “officially” celebrated on November 1st or, if the first is not on a Sunday, the Sunday following November 1. The Hilda United Methodist Church is holding its All Saints Celebration this coming Sunday, October 26 at its 11:00 a.m. worship service.
Traditionally, in Protestant churches, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (the day after All Saints Day) were valued as times to celebrate heritage and those Christians of the past who faithfully transmitted the faith to succeeding generations. Today, many Protestant churches combine the two traditional days into the observance of All Saints Day. The day focuses not only on honoring departed members of the Church and local congregations, but also those still living who have contributed to the work and ministry of the Church in significant ways. Some churches combine All Saints Day celebration with Reformation Sunday (the last Sunday in October) as a way to also focus on heritage.
During the worship service, we will have a “lighting of remembrance candles” ceremony to remember Hilda UMC members who have passed away in recent years. Rev. Mal Hierholzer’s sermon topic will be “If They Could Speak”. Following the service, those who wish may proceed to the Hilda Cemetery with floral gifts to place on the graves of loved ones. We invite the community to this service of remembrance and praise for those who have gone before us and those who are continuing to spread the Word of God.