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All Saints Day

King of Peace's first location
King of Peace's current location as it looked 6 years ago

Six years ago, King of Peace closed on the 7 acres of property we own at 10 a.m. That night, we held a worship service in the living room of the 3-bedroom house which came with the sale (we paid $2,000 over the value of the land to get the house too). Later, we would knock out walls, raise the floor in the garage, etc. and create a worship space for 110 in that house (which was since moved to become a house again). But that night when Emily Gross was baptized it was still very much a house, though a cleaner one thanks to my wife Victoria, Janet Finkelstein and Ruth Proctor Terry. Emily's was the first of the fifty baptisms so far for our church. It was my first baptism too, as a priest and an awesome honor. I never cease to enjoy baptisms and saying those words, "You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ's own forever."

There were 34 people present that evening. This past Sunday we had 153 in worship. It was our largest ever regular Sunday worship (nothing special going on). A lot has changed since that first baptism, but I like to think that a lot has stayed the same, even with the changes.

On All Saints Day, we remember all the saints of the church, which means all Christians. So our All Saints remembrance includes the fifty who were initiated into the Body of Christ through baptism at King of Peace.

This evening at 6:15 p.m., as a part of our regular Wednesday worship, we will celebrate All Saints Day. You are encouraged to bring photos of those you love who have died to place on the altar. It will be our seventh All Saints.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church

Emily Gross is baptized All Saints Day 2000


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