At 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, we will begin outdoor in-person worship on the west patio for up to 40 people. Watch for an email on Sunday evening, Nov. 1, with information on how to register. Masks and physical distance will be required. You will be asked to bring your own chair and check in beginning at 8:40 a.m. (We will continue to offer online, prerecorded worship at 9:45 a.m.)

This Sunday, Nov. 1, we will celebrate All Saints’ Day and Holy Communion. Earlier this week, pastors Stuart and Evy and I recorded a “time of remembrance” in our Sanctuary, reading the names, lighting a candle and hearing a bell rung for people from our church who have died this past year. This video will be in recorded worship on Sunday, along with the chance to celebrate Communion. Thank you, Mark Hrabe, for ringing the bell for the recording.

We also begin a new sermon series this Sunday, “Words of Hope,” with a message on “Communion.” I’ll be talking about remembering Jesus’ gift to us of himself in the special meal we call Holy Communion. What does that mean for us when we receive the bread and cup? Have your elements (bread or cracker and juice or another beverage) ready to join in Communion.

Holy Communion draws us close to God as we remember Jesus’ life and work, his death and resurrection. It also draws us close to one another as we remember those who have had an impact on our lives through their lives as Jesus’ followers.

This Sunday is the last Sunday before our national election day. I expect that most of us have made up our minds about our votes and even already cast those votes. I offer these words of prayer as we move toward Nov. 3:

God of love, guide us in these uncertain and troubling times. Give us the ability and willingness to follow Jesus’ will and way and live your love in the world. Keep us from harmful thoughts, words and actions and inspire us to set an example in the world of your lovingkindness to all people. Bless those who are and those who will be leaders of our community and country, that they might be fully guided by you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


P.S. We are in the midst of our 2021 stewardship campaign, “Anchored in Hope.” Mail your commitment card for 2021 to 1431 W. Magee Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704, or bring it to church between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 22 as part of our “Advent Caravan.” (See next week’s Messenger newsletter for details on this event.)