When Paul wrote to the church in Rome, he addressed his letter “To all God’s beloved … who are called to be saints” (Romans 1:7). Paul regarded his fellow believers as people who have responded to the good news of Christ by choosing to follow and serve God. The New Testament emphasizes that Christians are God’s beloved — special people set apart to receive his grace and to be his witnesses. All people whose minds and hearts are devoted to God are “called to be saints.” About 700 years after the church began, leaders designated November 1st All Saints’ Day to honor people whose lives reflect Christ dwelling within them. Because of what God has done for us, all Christians can wear the label of saint. This Sunday, November 7st we will express our gratitude to God for those faithful and devoted saints who set worthy examples for us.