This Week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church; November 1, 2020 – All Saints Sunday

When my father died, I conducted the funeral. As I was picking the hymns we were going to sing, I decided on “I’ll Fly Away” by Albert E. Brumley. Here is the chorus:

I’ll fly away, oh glory
I’ll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I’ll fly away

I also picked the contemporary song “That Where I Am There You May Also Be”, by Rich Mullins. Some of the words:

In my Father’s house there are many, many rooms
In my Father’s house there are many, many rooms
And I’m going up there now to prepare a place for you
That where I am, there you may also be

Good upbeat music for a service celebrating not the life of my Dad, but my Dad’s eternal life. Is that what happens? Do we fly away from our life here and go to the place Jesus has prepared for us in his Father’s house? Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:1:

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

So what are we to make of this? In the Apostles’ Creed we affirm that we believe in the “resurrection of the body and the life everlasting”. But what does that mean? Is that heaven? People have been trying to imagine what the afterlife is like since the dawn of time. The Sadducees asked Jesus whose wife the woman who had been widowed by seven brothers would be at the resurrection. Christians have been debating what “heaven” is like since the early church. There are many people who claim to have been there and come back with pretty remarkable descriptions. So what can we as Christians know about our eternal life in the presence of God? Find out what to make of all this when Pastor Jeff preaches “For All the Saints” on All Saints Sunday, November 1 at 10am in the John McMillan Presbyterian Church parking lot and on Facebook Live.

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