Other announcements/dates to put on your calendar:
1. NOVEMBER COAT DRIVE is taking place! Let's go through our closets, gather our donations, and bring those coats (clean and washed) to church and they will be shared with those in need. Thank you!
2. Thanksgiving is fast approaching and again this year we are providing the Trinidad Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We need volunteers to prepare food, package meals and deliver meals. Please sign up on the sheets that are at church in the sanctuary and the fellowship hall. Thanks!!
3. A BOOK DISCUSSION will take place via ZOOM on Saturday, November 20th at 10 am on "The God Who Sees" by Karen Gonzalez. The Rocky Mt Synod AMMPARPO group will be leading this and we can join in! Zoom Link - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88514349858. Maybe we can meet at church and participate together-- a book club!
4. The November edition of Zion's newsletter CONNECTIONS is out. Grab a print copy at church.
5. Thank you to all the volunteers who make FIVE LOAVES possible. Last weekend was another success! Feeding people monthly is such a gift of love and care and is a direct response to Matthew 25:35. We will resume in January 2022.
6. We are back worshipping indoors and Jeff Smith is heading up our security team. We need a few more members to assist so if you would consider this and call Jeff at 412-916-1826.
7. Last call to be part of the Fall/Winter prayer team. Email or call Carol Smith to be added to our email list.
8. Prior to March 2020, Zion's had a Centering Prayer group that met weekly on Tuesday nights. Doris Blalock wants to restart this! Who else is interested in Centering Prayer? Please email Pastor and we'll gather and plan how to proceed.
“We share in centering prayer, when done in common, a reservoir of silence that is enhanced by each one's contribution.”
― Thomas Keating, Reflections on the Unknowable
God has made into saints all who have been baptized into Christ, and we honor especially those who have died in the faith by referring to them as saints of God. Our assembly joins with countless other Christians to praise God for the life of all the saints.
The Readings in the Bible
In the last of the seven signs presented by the fourth evangelist in the late first century as demonstrations of Jesus’ divinity, the long narrative of the raising of Lazarus includes Jesus’ sorrow over the death of his friend. The miracle is a sign from God that Jesus is sent by God to show God’s glory and to give life, which in John is seen most fully on the cross. The man laid in a cave with a stone at its entrance prefigures Christ’s resurrection. The resuscitation of Lazarus is a symbol of the resurrection at the end of time. The word of Jesus is seen as powerful over death.
From First Isaiah in the eighth century bce comes one of the Bible’s loveliest descriptions of the full and final messianic banquet. The sacred mountain no longer inspires terror, but welcomes all peoples to a feast. Verses 8-9 exemplify the Bible’s eschatological vision: in the end, disgrace will be erased and death will be defeated, for God will save the world. Eschatological hopes especially mark a people who see no way out of their current dilemma.
The Revelation of John, written in the late first or early second century, uses traditional Jewish apocalyptic imagery both to express the terrifying situation of the early churches at the time when the Roman Empire required that the emperors be worshiped as gods, and to convey the faith that ultimately God would save them. The visionary employs multiple metaphors to describe the final victorious presence of God. The sea, the frightful domain of the monster, is thus no more. A primordial garden is replaced with a city. God is no longer distant on a mountain but lives in the city. God is like a husband, like a mother drying our tears, like a monarch on a throne, like the beginning and end of human knowledge.