SERMON: Samhain: A Celebration of Remembrance

Samhain (pronounced Sow-wen) is the Ancient Celtic celebration of remembering those loved ones who have died.  Traditionally held on All Hallow’s Eve, Samhain recognizes that we are all a part of the ongoing cycle of life.  Unlike the Celts of long ago, our service today will not be held in an oak grove, but instead we will call the Directions, hang leaves on the Tree of Life with the names of loved ones (people and/or pets) who have died, partake of a Soul Cake and Cider communion, and listen to a tale of gratitude, grief, and joyful remembrance.  This will be a multi-generational service.  EVERYONE is invited to dress in costume (or not) to help “scare away” any spirits that would dare to spoil our poignant festivities.  Please, no scary masks, though!  There will be trick-or-treating downtown at noon.

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