Today is All Saints’ Day. This is another one of those Liturgical days that is a bit of a challenge for a Protestant. When I was growing up we had lots of things around Halloween (or Hallowe’en for the purists) but precious little about All Saints’ or saints at all for that matter. I heard frequently that other people in other religions worshiped saints but we didn’t and that was about all.
I still don’t worship saints but over the years I have become much more fond of the language of saints, not because I venerate upper case “S” Saints but rather because I have become more and more familiar with the biblical meaning of the word. Depending on the version of the Bible you are using the word “saints” occurs more than 60 times and it is never used in reference to especially religious people but rather it is directed to believers; people just like us.
Knox Presbyterian What makes a saint?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian What makes a saint?
I hope one or both of these sermons will help you to reconsider what you might think about saints and no matter what be a blessing to you.