Bright Morning Stars

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A homily preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC November 5, 2017, celebration of All Saints Day.

Text:  Ephesians 1:11-23

 

“Bright morning star”—what a beautiful phrase.  Each word in itself radiates light:  bright…morning…star.  The “star” referred to in this phrase is actually a planet (Venus) that can be seen in the East brightly reflecting the light of the Sun just before dawn.  Down through the ages star gazers have noted this phenomenon.  There is an Appalachian folk song [we heard this morning] that picks up on the image, connecting it to the next life—the resurrection life—promised through Jesus Christ.  The song both mournfully and hopefully cries—“where are our dear fathers, mothers, children? They have gone t [...]