I appreciate the liturgical practice of All Saints Day. In our church, we remember the Saints who have gone on before us, especially in the past year. It is a wonderful liturgical practice, connecting the Saints of today with those who have gone before.
For a melancholy thought, we have had 10 Saints go one before us this year, but we have had fewer babies born. It is even sadder that our local church is much younger and has many more babies than most Lutheran churches, most churches have far worse ratios. Those who believe children are the future of a local church are fighting a losing mathematical problem. The future is not with our babies, but with the Holy Spirit bringing adults into communion with the Triune God.