Dear Christ Church,
This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day, when we remember God’s faithfulness in the lives of those who’ve gone before us. We thank God for all saints, from our own loved ones to the everyday “hidden” saints of God, to martyrs and others whose lives instruct and inspire wholehearted devotion.
Christine and I have been grieving the tragic death of St. Miranda. Do you remember Peter and Miranda Harris, founders of A Rocha, an international Christian conservation organization? They preached at Christ Church a few years ago, and were scheduled to preach again the Sunday following Christine’s near-fatal accident in April 2018. Instead, they worshipped with us as that Sunday’s service was re-worked to respond to our family and church crisis, and were deeply moved to see the way you, Christ Church, handled tragedy and suffering so honestly and faithfully in God’s presence.
Peter and Miranda, with A Rocha’s International Director and his wife, were in a terrible accident of their own earlier this week in South Africa. Only Peter survived. This All Saints Day I am especially thankful for Miranda’s life, for her wholehearted devotion to her Creator and her lifelong passionate advocacy for his beautiful creation. She and Peter both have prophetically instructed and inspired tens of thousands of Christians to care for God’s creation. Let’s hold Peter in prayer, as well as the A Rocha community, including Mark Purcell, a member of our congregation who serves as A Rocha’s U.S. National Director.
Who among the saints of God are you especially thankful for this week? There will be a moment to speak their names aloud among the living, worshipping saints of Christ Church during this Sunday’s services.
Grace and peace,