All Saints Sunday
Pentecost +25, Proper 27C
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For All Saints Day/Sunday, Year C: All Saints’ Day/Sunday C: Nov. 1 or 3
For Other Years see:
Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the Editor)
ITEMS WHICH FOLLOW ARE FOR USE WITH PROPER 27C
Also note that the date in some congregations will include the Honoring of Veterans of the Military
Some suggestions from textweek.com for observance of Veterans Day
“Remembrance Sunday Sermon,” PreacherRhetorica, 2012.
A Pacifist’s Dilemma on Veteran’s Day, J. Harader, Spacious Faith, 2012.
Memorial Day Call to Worship and Confession, The Fat Pastor, 2012.
Veterans Day Litany, The Fat Pastor, 2012.
Justice for Veterans and the Vulnerable, Bruce Epperly, Patheos, 2010.
Worship Offerings, thoughts, prayers, etc., Gord Waldie.
With Gratitude and Honor, UCC Worship Ways, 2008.
Remembrance Resources, Oremus, 2005.
Lectionary Hymns, Day of Mourning and Remembrance, National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
“We Remember All Those…” UCC, 2003.
Sermon and Worship Resources for Remembrance Sunday, (Ordinary 32B), Rev. Kim Gilliland.
Service of Remembrance and Healing for those who have experienced armed conflict, Worship Resources by Lisa Frenz, Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, Portland, OR.
With Children: Remembrance Day Word Search, sermons4kids.com.
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
6-Sing praise to God who reigns above
487-Help us accept each other
393-One bread, one body
713-God of our life
The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.
More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/
This week: Psalm 98 is available on p. 750
Psalm 17 (vs. 1-4) – metrical setting by David T. Chafin
- Lord, hear the just, regard my cry, my prayer from lips sincere;
Send your approval from on high, my righteousness make clear.
You tried my heart throughout the night and found it faithful in your sight.
- Determined to in faithful speech and action now to live,
I choose the path of life for me, and all my self I give.
For help, O God, I pray and you will answer for your word is true.
- You save from every terror those who trust in your command,
Protecting them from all their foes by your almighty hand.
Your lovingkindness let me see, your wondrous mercy, full and free.
- O guard me well, as you would guard the apple of your eye;
While deadly foes are pressing in, to you, O God, I cry.
To me your rest and refuge bring, and shadow me within your wing.
C.H.M. (86.86.88) – “Auch jetzt macht Gott” is available online or in the UMC Hymnal
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Luke 20:27-38
In questing to know, imagine the case
where all that is thought is daily at pace.
Intent on confusion, begin to arise,
for in the conclusion of faith is surprise.
Begin with the grandeur, all we observe,
and how in the wonder of God we stand.
This God of the living, the God we adore,
is named by the Patriarchs God called by name.
Beyond comprehension, fulfilled in joy,
the gathering God impels us to join
begins in the surge adoration assumes
and lingers in unity wither God joys.
10.10.11.11. Suggested tune: Hanover
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Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer (adapted by the editor from the UCC)
L: Be still and know that God is.
P: God was, also, in the beginning.
L: And when all human striving has ceased, God will still be.
P: From everlasting to everlasting, God is God, and alone is worthy to be worshiped.
L: The coming of our Lord is a sure thing.
P: It will be one which shakes heaven and earth, though our eyes and ears may not perceive it.
L: How might the Lord come to us today? In word? In sign? In this community?
P: We will hold fast to the sure presence of God, and join in praise as one people.
Prayer of Approach
L: The Lord be with you.
P: And also with you.
L: Let us pray. You are holy, O Lord our Creator and God, giving us mercies beyond number. You are holy, O Savior Jesus Christ, loving and setting us free. You are holy, O Spirit of truth and peace, leading us in ways that are right. O holy eternal Trinity, we praise you for ever and ever. (And we join the prayer of Christ who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)
Mighty and merciful God, may your kindness be known to all. Hear the prayers of all who cry to you; open the eyes of those who never pray for themselves; have mercy on those who are in misery; deal gently with those who sit in darkness; increase the number of those who love and serve you daily. Preserve our land from all things hurtful, preserve our Church from all dangerous error, preserve our people from forgetting that you are their Lord and Saviour. Be gracious to those countries that are made desolate by war, famine, disease, or persecution, and grant that the course of the world may be so ordered in obedience to your will that the people may live in security and freedom from want, and their children grow up to be makers of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
from Common Worship
Prayers from Common Worship*
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Collect for the Second Sunday before Advent
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
God of peace,
whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom
and restored the broken to wholeness of life:
look with compassion on the anguish of the world,
and by your healing power
make whole both people and nations;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Post Communion for the Second Sunday before Advent
in this holy sacrament
you give substance to our hope:
bring us at the last
to that fullness of life for which we long;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Additional Collect for the Second Sunday before Advent
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might
destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God
and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may
purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again
with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his
eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
Our God, conceptions rattle loosely,
playing games with minds and hearts.
Lead us afresh into your open ways
wherein we find you give us sight
of living thoughts
and lively hearts
lest we be trapped in wily snares.
Service of Table
Preparation (Invitation to Stewardship)
God has prepared a rich feast for those who desire to receive it – a coming reign of justice and peace, a life of promise without fear, a world made new. We participate in that blessed life to come, even today with our tithes and offerings, enabling Christ’s church to make a way in the world for the promises of God to be fulfilled. Let us bring forth our gifts and offer our lives anew to God.
Here, O God, your children offer to you the substance of our lives and labors. We come humbly, recognizing that all that we are and all that we have belong to you; and we come boldly, recognizing that you alone have moved us to share of our substance for the sake of others. Take and us these gifts and our lives, limited though they may be, for your great work for the sake of the future of your world. Amen.
Invitation to the Table
Christ invites to this Table all who seek to know God and to walk in peace with God and their neighbor. It is a place of welcome for you, all of you, with great faith and with little faith. It is the faith of Christ which matters, and it is the faith of Christ which shall sustain us til the end of the age.
Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)
(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)
- We praise you, O God, for your promised presence with us as we gather in your name. We thank you for all the good gifts of life, and for the gift of this Table which offers your love for us in real bread, broken and shared. Bless now, we pray, this bread which we offer to you. May it be for us the body of Christ, that we might be remade as his body in the world, readied for faithful service.
- Send down the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, upon us gathered here, and upon these gifts. As the cup of salvation is offered to us once again by the resurrected Christ, may we who drink of it be refreshed and renewed in his Spirit, so that all of our lives may glorify you in the Church and in the world forever.
Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.
If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”
Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.
Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.
You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.
Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2015. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2015 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2015; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.
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