They In Glory Shine

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E.
Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC November 1, 2015, All Saints Sunday.

 Texts:  Isaiah 25:6-9, John 11:32-44                                      


Today’s Gospel is about a funeral, something we all
know something about.  A beloved brother
and friend has died and the family and community has gathered for the rituals
of grief…in the midst of the casseroles and crying and storytelling and
remembering, there hangs the question that so often lurks at funerals—where was
God?  Where was God when my loved one
suffered with tubes coming out of her nose, when my beloved fought for breath,
when the light of my [...]