On Nov. 4 the faith community at Totowa United Methodist Church prepared to share the communion table by remembering the saints amongst us, who have passed on to life eternal with God.
Here are their names, attached to their names their lives: sacred.
Bernice & Nicholas Hook
Edna & Ken Van Houten
Edna & Ray
Eleanor & Michael DeFaro
Elizabeth & William Gass
Elizabeth, Lillian, Margaret & Herman Budde
Esther & David Saner
George & Bessie Melyan
Hazel & Len Cioletti
Hugh & Carol Dunlop
Marie & Bill Barkalow
Marie & Mike Iannaconi
Norman & Marion Atwater
The victims to mass shootings at Tree of Life Synagogue, Kroger, and Yoga Studio in Fl; their families and communities.
A Prayer Meditation for All Saints Day
We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you
Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses
Where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Strong hands and those gnarled with age
Used as wave offerings across the land.
We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;
Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned,
Blue-collared or three-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.
Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us.
Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love.