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All Saints Day (Nov. 1) or All Saints Sunday A

 

Oct. 29 or Nov. 5

 

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Editor’s note:  This celebration of the Church, which in the language of earlier English-speakers is rightly celebrated on Nov. 1 as “All Hallows’ Day” (or on the Eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, or “Hallowe’en”), remembers specifically the faithful who have passed from this life into the next through death, and celebrates the power of the Resurrection over death itself.  It was created specifically to assure that those who by their remarkable faith were deserving of having a feast day set aside to their honor would be remembered.   The feast established for Nov. 2, “All Souls’ Day,” was in its founding designed to mark an observance of the death of those of us who are perhaps “less remarkable” in our faith,  and to lead all of us to face the story of life with those we are nurturing in faith (our children) by a visit to the parish graveyard.  It might well be an occasion for those who would take note of it today to deal with the pastoral reality of a world which is widely in denial of the reality of death (or the powerful illusion of death, if that is one’s theological understanding of what happens when we cease to reside in this earthly frame), and make occasion to mark the brevity of life.

 

For Other Years see:

All Saints’ Day (or Sunday nearest Nov. 1) Year A

 

All Saints Day (or Sunday): Nov. 1 (Oct. 28 or Nov. 4) (for year B)

 

Preparing for All Saints’ Day/Sunday Celebration

 

Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the Editor)

 

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 for each individual pericope:

Revelation 7:9-17 Psalm 34:1-10, 22 1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

637-For all the saints

649-Give thanks for life

67-O God, our help in ages past

75-I was there to hear your borning cry

See also Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the editor)

385-An upper room did our Lord prepare

392-Draw us in the Spirit’s tether

431-Go, my children with my blessing  See also: 433-434

 

Additional Psalm Setting:

Psalm 27 (1, 5-13 sing vs. 1, 4-8) – Metrical setting by David T. Chafin

 

  1. The Lord God is my light, and my salvation near;

Who shall cause me in fright to hide my heart in fear?

While God my strength, my life sustains, secure from fear my soul remains.

 

  1. When evildoers came to make my life their prey,

They stumbled in their shame and fell in great dismay;

Though hosts make war on every side, still fearless I in God abide,.

 

  1. My one request has been, and still this prayer I raise,

that I may dwell within God’s house through all my days,

the Lord God’s beauty to admire, and in God’s temple to inquire.

 

  1. When troubles round me grow, when fears and angers throng,

securely I will dwell in God’s pavilion strong;

Within the shelter of His tent God hides me till the storm is spent.

 

  1. Uplifted on a rock above my foes around,

amid the battle shock my song shall still resound;

Then joyful offerings I will bring, the Lord God’s praise my heart shall sing.

 

  1. Lord, hear me when I pray, and answer me in grace;

Lord, as I hear you say, “Come now and seek my face,”

my heart and lips their answer speak; your face, my Savior, I will seek.

 

  1. Hide not your face from me; in rage turn not away;

My help and Savior be; forsake me not, I pray.

Should father, mother, all forsake, the Lord on me will pity take.

 

  1. Teach me your way, O Lord,; make plain to me my path.

Because of enemies, protect me from their wrath.

Do not my soul, O Lord, expose to false accusers, cruel foes.

 

  1. Faint-hearted I would be had you not promised, Lord,

to show your grace while life to me you do accord.

Wait on the Lord, and have no fears.  Yes; trust and wait.  The Lord is near.

 

66.66.88  “Darwall’s 148th” (see Chalice #699 for tune)

 

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.   

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship  

We gather this morning to celebrate the lives of persons we name as saints.  Some of them are living, others have completed their physical lives here on earth.  Some have touched us personally, others have touched and called into question the institutions and structures of our society.  But all have shaken our being—all have been examples of lives and wholeness, working for justice.  We celebrate these persons and their lives in all aspects of God’s creation!

 

OR  (from Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9)

L: The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God

and no torment will ever touch them.

P: In the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died,

        and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

L: And their going from us seemed to be their destruction;

P:  But they are at peace.

L: Those who trust in God will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide in love.

P:  Because grace and mercy are upon God’s chosen,

        and God watches over the saints.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Eternal God, you have called us to be members of one body.  Join us with those who in all times and places have praised your name; that with one heart and mind, we may show the unity of your church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Note:  Not every section of this intercession need be used.   

 

In peace, let us offer our prayers to God.  In response to my words, “Lord, hear us,” please respond “Lord, graciously hear us”.

 

In every age you have raised up holy men and women to reflect the light of Christ and to teach us the way of holiness.  We thank you for those who have been teachers in the school of Christ:  give understanding to those who study the faith that the Church has handed on, and clarity to those who communicate the gospel in a changing world … Lord, hear us.

                     All: Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We thank you for those who have been shepherds of your people: give a pastoral heart to deacons, priests and bishops, and the needful gifts to all your people in their ministry …Lord, hear us.  R

 

We thank you for those who have been Christian rulers in the world, and for those who carried the good news to lands where it had not been before: give wisdom to all who have power and influence among the nations, and establish God’s sovereignty among people of every race …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those whom you have called to live in community: establish mutual love among those drawn into fellowship in your service, and bless with Christ’s presence all the communities to which we relate …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those who have lived out their vocation in family life:give your grace to all who nurture children and all who care for the aged,and enfold in your love all your sons and daughters …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those who have brought wholeness through the medicine of the gospel: give skill to all who minister healing and reconciliation in your name, and comfort all who cry out to you from any sort of distress …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for the noble army of martyrs by the shedding of whose blood the Church has been enriched: keep under your protection those who are persecuted for the cause of Christ, and acknowledge, we pray,  (here, read the names of the dead, if not read elsewhere in the service), and all those who have passed through death trusting your promises …Lord, hear us. R

 

Hasten, Lord, the day when people will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom, and we shall see your Son in his glory.  And now we offer prayer for those needs which lie closest to our hearts in silence.

 

                Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept.  The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship    in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Post Communion God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things: may we who have shared at this table    as strangers and pilgrims here on earth be welcomed with all your saints    to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Alternative Collect God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age: as we rejoice in the faith of your saints, inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one

communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son

Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those

ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love

you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

 

 

Offertory Prayer

 

 

Invitation to the Table

 

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

It is always right and good to give thanks to you, Lord God of Abraham and Sarah, of Deborah and Moses, God of Isaac and Rebecca, of Mary and Joseph.  You have brought all things into being by your love and grace, and have called them good; and you have called together a people of faith to praise you, and filled them with your Spirit.   As we remember your people of all times and places which have lived in faith and hope of your eternal resurrection,  and joining with the whole company of your people in heaven and on earth, we praise your name and join their unending hymns of praise.

 

Here among your saints in this community, we remember those who have touched our own so intimately:  (Here the names of the dead are spoken)

 

These are your own beloved children.  Help us to remember them with joy and thanksgiving as we come to your table today.  Send the power of your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts that we may bring you praise in Christ Jesus our Lord, as we gather within his body, and in the days to come as we live to serve you in this age, and for the ages of ages to come.

 

ELDERS’ PRAYERS FOLLOW:

  1. Loving God, as bread broken and scattered, your church looks to you to make us one again.  Help us who receive this bread, remembering your love for us in Jesus Christ, to be strengthened in our faith and hope, knowing that in reality we are one with Christ and one with each other, enjoying the timeless feast which you have spread for us through your beloved Son.

 

  1. Send your Spirit upon us who gather here in faith, and upon these gifts of bread and cup.  May we who drink this wine be filled with your Spirit and renewed to join the great un-numbered host who sing your praise now and throughout eternity, until we join with them in the celebration of your victory at your heavenly table, for we offer you our praise and our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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…’

 

MORE…

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 2016.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; 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.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.

 

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All Saints’ Day/Sunday

Nov. 1 or 3

Also: All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2)

 

Editor’s note:  This celebration of the Church, which in the language of earlier English-speakers is rightly celebrated on Nov. 1 as “All Hallows’ Day” (or on the Eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, or “Hallowe’en”), remembers specifically the faithful who have passed from this life into the next through death, and celebrates the power of the Resurrection over death itself.  It was created specifically to assure that those who by their remarkable faith were deserving of having a feast day set aside to their honor would be remembered.   The feast established for Nov. 2, “All Souls’ Day,” was in its founding designed to mark an observance of the death of those of us who are perhaps “less remarkable” in our faith,  and to lead all of us to face the story of life with those we are nurturing in faith (our children) by a visit to the parish graveyard.  It might well be an occasion for those who would take note of it today to deal with the pastoral reality of a world which is widely in denial of the reality of death (or the powerful illusion of death, if that is one’s theological understanding of what happens when we cease to reside in this earthly frame), and make occasion to mark the brevity of life.

 

Other Resources for the day’s observance may be found in prior entries:

2012 All Saints

2011 All Saints

 

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:

 

For All Saints’ Day/Sunday

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

 

Psalm 149
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 24:1-6

Ephesians 1:11-23
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 3:1-3

Luke 6:20-31
Roman Catholic reading and Episcopal reading (service 1): Matthew 5:1-12

 

For All Souls’ Day

Isaiah 25:6, 7-9
Episcopal reading: Wisdom 3:1-9 OR Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm 27
Episcopal reading: Psalm 130 OR Psalm 116:10-17

Romans 6:3-9
Episcopal reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 OR 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

John 6:37-40
Episcopal reading: John 5:24-27

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   637-For all the saints, 649-Give thanks for life

See also Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the editor)

Hymn of Invitation:   67-O God, our help in ages past   75-I was there to hear your borning cry

Communion Hymn:   385-An upper room did our Lord prepare   392-Draw us in the Spirit’s tether

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  431-Go, my children with my blessing  See also: 433-434

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.  Also see some fine  Hymn References from Oremus Hymnal:  http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/yearc.html

 

 

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://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  Psalm 27 is available in the hymnal on p. 736

 

Psalm 27 (1, 5-13 sing vs. 1, 4-8) – Metrical setting by David T. Chafin

 

1. The Lord God is my light, and my salvation near;

Who shall cause me in fright to hide my heart in fear?

While God my strength, my life sustains, secure from fear my soul remains.

 

2. When evildoers came to make my life their prey,

They stumbled in their shame and fell in great dismay;

Though hosts make war on every side, still fearless I in God abide,.

 

3. My one request has been, and still this prayer I raise,

that I may dwell within God’s house through all my days,

the Lord God’s beauty to admire, and in God’s temple to inquire.

 

4. When troubles round me grow, when fears and angers throng,

securely I will dwell in God’s pavilion strong;

Within the shelter of His tent God hides me till the storm is spent.

 

5. Uplifted on a rock above my foes around,

amid the battle shock my song shall still resound;

Then joyful offerings I will bring, the Lord God’s praise my heart shall sing.

 

6. Lord, hear me when I pray, and answer me in grace;

Lord, as I hear you say, “Come now and seek my face,”

my heart and lips their answer speak; your face, my Savior, I will seek.

 

7. Hide not your face from me; in rage turn not away;

My help and Savior be; forsake me not, I pray.

Should father, mother, all forsake, the Lord on me will pity take.

 

8. Teach me your way, O Lord,; make plain to me my path.

Because of enemies, protect me from their wrath.

Do not my soul, O Lord, expose to false accusers, cruel foes.

 

9. Faint-hearted I would be had you not promised, Lord,

to show your grace while life to me you do accord.

Wait on the Lord, and have no fears.  Yes; trust and wait.  The Lord is near.

 

66.66.88  “Darwall’s 148th” (see Chalice #699 for tune)

 

 

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  (created or adapted by the editor)

We gather this morning to celebrate the lives of persons we name as saints.  Some of them are living, others have completed their physical lives here on earth.  Some have touched us personally, others have touched and called into question the institutions and structures of our society.  But all have shaken our being—all have been examples of lives and wholeness, working for justice.  We celebrate these persons and their lives in all aspects of God’s creation!

 

Call to Worship  (from Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9)

L: The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God

and no torment will ever touch them.

P: In the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died,

        and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

L: And their going from us seemed to be their destruction;

P:  But they are at peace.

L: Those who trust in God will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide in love.

P:  Because grace and mercy are upon God’s chosen,

        and God watches over the saints.

 

Prayer of Approach  (adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray:  Eternal God, you have called us to be members of one body.  Join us with those who in all times and places have praised your name; that with one heart and mind, we may show the unity of your church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (adapted by the editor from Common Worship)

Note:  Not every section of this intercession need be used.   

 

In peace, let us offer our prayers to God.  In response to my words, “Lord, hear us,” please respond “Lord, graciously hear us”.

 

In every age you have raised up holy men and women to reflect the light of Christ and to teach us the way of holiness.  We thank you for those who have been teachers in the school of Christ:  give understanding to those who study the faith that the Church has handed on, and clarity to those who communicate the gospel in a changing world … Lord, hear us.

                     All: Lord, graciously hear us.

 

We thank you for those who have been shepherds of your people: give a pastoral heart to deacons, priests and bishops, and the needful gifts to all your people in their ministry …Lord, hear us.  R

 

We thank you for those who have been Christian rulers in the world, and for those who carried the good news to lands where it had not been before: give wisdom to all who have power and influence among the nations, and establish God’s sovereignty among people of every race …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those whom you have called to live in community: establish mutual love among those drawn into fellowship in your service, and bless with Christ’s presence all the communities to which we relate …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those who have lived out their vocation in family life:give your grace to all who nurture children and all who care for the aged,and enfold in your love all your sons and daughters …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for those who have brought wholeness through the medicine of the gospel: give skill to all who minister healing and reconciliation in your name, and comfort all who cry out to you from any sort of distress …Lord, hear us. R

 

We thank you for the noble army of martyrs by the shedding of whose blood the Church has been enriched: keep under your protection those who are persecuted for the cause of Christ, and acknowledge, we pray,  (here, read the names of the dead, if not read elsewhere in the service), and all
those who have passed through death trusting your promises …Lord, hear us. R

 

Hasten, Lord, the day when people will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit at table in your kingdom, and we shall see your Son in his glory.  And now we offer prayer for those needs which lie closest to our hearts in silence.

 

                Open prayer may be offered and silence is kept.  The Collect and Lord’s Prayer follow.

 

 

Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one

communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son

Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those

ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love

you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.

 

 

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

When Preceding Elders’ Prayers

        Indented sections are printed in congregational bulletin

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is always right and good to give thanks to you, Lord God of Abraham and Sarah, of Deborah and Moses, God of Isaac and Rebecca, of Mary and Joseph.  You have brought all things into being by your love and grace, and have called them good; and you have called together a people of faith to praise you, and filled them with your Spirit.   As we remember your people of all times and places which have lived in faith and hope of your eternal resurrection,  and joining with the whole company of your people in heaven and on earth,

L:  …we praise your name and join their unending hymn of praise:

        P:  Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might. 

                        Heaven and earth are full of your glory.                                    

                         Hosanna in the highest. 

                        Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 

              Hosanna in the highest.

Here among your saints in this community, we remember those who have touched our own so intimately:  (Here the names of the dead are spoken)

These are your own beloved children.  Help us to remember them with joy and thanksgiving as we come to your table today.  Send the power of your Spirit upon us and upon these gifts that we may bring you praise in Christ Jesus our Lord, as we gather within his body, and in the days to come as we live to serve you in this age, and for the ages of ages to come.

(Proceed with hymn, Words of Institution/fracture, prayers of the Elders)

 

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

1. Loving God, as bread broken and scattered, your church looks to you to make us one again.  Help us who receive this bread, remembering your love for us in Jesus Christ, to be strengthened in our faith and hope, knowing that in reality we are one with Christ and one with each other, enjoying the timeless feast which you have spread for us through your beloved Son.

2.  Send your Spirit upon us who gather here in faith, and upon these gifts of bread and cup.  May we who drink this wine be filled with your Spirit and renewed to join the great un-numbered host who sing your praise now and throughout eternity, until we join with them in the celebration of your victory at your heavenly table, for we offer you our praise and our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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 COMMON WORSHIP

For All Saints’ Day:

 

Collect

 

Almighty God,

you have knit together your elect

in one communion and fellowship

in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:

grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living

that we may come to those inexpressible joys

that you have prepared for those who truly love you;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:

may we who have shared at this table

as strangers and pilgrims here on earth

be welcomed with all your saints

to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

God of holiness,

your glory is proclaimed in every age:

as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,

inspire us to follow their example

with boldness and joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; 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

 

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

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. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. 

Send your comments or content here.

 

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Looking Ahead:  Have you prepared your congregation for an All Saints’ celebration?  If not, you may want to include a form in your worship folder this week so that everyone has an opportunity to present the names of those sacred to their memory, which names may be read in worship on All Saints’ Day/All Saints’ Sunday during a prayer of remembrance.  A sample form is included below.

 

all-sts form

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Texts for this day of remembrance:

Lesser Festival Eucharistic Lectionary
Isaiah 61.1-3a
Psalm 100
2 Timothy 2.1-8 or
Titus 1.1-5
Luke 10.1-9

(Or Daily Eucharistic Lectionary)
Holy Communion
2 Samuel 7.18-19, 24-end
Psalm 132.1-5, 11-15
Mark 4.21-25

From Common Worship:

 

Collect

Heavenly Father,
who sent your apostle Paul to preach the gospel,
and gave him Timothy and Titus
   to be his companions in faith:
grant that our fellowship in the Holy Spirit
may bear witness to the name of Jesus,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Holy Father,
who gathered us here around the table of your Son
to share this meal with the whole household of God:
in that new world where you reveal
   the fullness of your peace,
gather people of every race and language
to share with Timothy and Titus and all your saints
in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; 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.  Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011.  http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

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Tomorrow (1/18), some of the Church will be observing a commemoration not so much of a person (Peter), as of an “institution.”  The Confession of Peter was a transformative moment not only in the life of this disciple of Jesus, but brought to light Christ’s intention to move forward through the ages, against all evils and against all odds, with God’s world-changing mission. This mission comes with keys of great responsibility as proclaimers of God’s good news in word and in deed.   As people who have added our voices to this “good confession,” as it has come to be known in our tradition, who are we saying that Jesus is — not just for ourselves individually, but communally, as the people of God in this world? 

Christ continues to build his Church, and we stand amidst his living presence there to affirm who he is…and, also, who WE are.  As this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins with this commemoration, one affirmation might be that we are seeking to live as “one holy catholic and apostolic Church.”

Texts for the day are: Acts 4:8-13; Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19; 1 Corinthians 10:1-5; Matthew 16:13-19

Collect of the Day:

 Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God:  Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen. 

(BCP, 1977)

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All Saints’ Day, Year A

Sometimes observed on a Sunday near Nov. 1

Oct. 30 or Nov. 6

 

Editor’s note:  This celebration of the Church, which in the language of earlier English-speakers is rightly celebrated on Nov. 1 as “All Hallows’ Day” (or on the Eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, or “Hallowe’en”), remembers specifically the faithful who have passed from this life into the next through death, and celebrates the power of the Resurrection over death itself.  It was created specifically to assure that those who by their remarkable faith were deserving of having a feast day set aside to their honor would be remembered.   The feast established for Nov. 2, “All Souls’ Day,” was in its founding designed to mark an observance of the death of those of us who are perhaps “less remarkable” in our faith,  and to lead all of us to face the story of life with those we are nurturing in faith (our children) by a visit to the parish graveyard.  It might well be an occasion for those who would take note of it today to deal with the pastoral reality of a world which is widely in denial of the reality of death (or the powerful illusion of death, if that is one’s theological understanding of what happens when we cease to reside in this earthly frame), and make occasion to mark the brevity of life. 

 We would love to hear from those whose congregations observe All Saints’ Day and/or All Souls’ Day in any liturgical manner. 

 

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 for each individual pericope:

Revelation 7:9-17
Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 24:1-6

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   637 (or any of those below)

Hymn of Prayer:    646

Hymn of Invitation:   701, 639, 648

Communion Hymn:   427, 393

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  649

 

Hymn for the Day (1991, David T. Chafin)

Awaken, church, and see the Sun

      drive shadows far and evil run:  Alleluia, Alleluia!

Above the grief and pain of death

      Christ has prepared a place of rest: 

      Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Bright are the anthems of this hour;

          yet brighter still the Morningstar: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Surrounded by the saints of light,

      our souls to you, O Christ, take flight:

      Alleluia, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

The joyous table now is spread.

          Our Christ is risen from the dead: Alleluia, Alleluia!

The church in heaven to us nears;

      the conqu’ring Lamb to us appears:

      Christ is risen, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

O God of light and Christ the Son

      and Spirit Holy make us one: Alleluia, Alleluia!

Surrounded by the saints above,

      your power magnified in love:

      We praise you, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Tune:  Lasst uns erfreuen

 

Act of Praise (Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9)

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God

and no torment will ever touch them.

     In the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died,

     and their departure was thought to be an affliction,

And their going from us seemed to be their destruction;

but they are at peace.

     For though in our sight they were punished,

     their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,

because God tested them and found them worthy.

     Like gold in the furnace, God tried them,         

     and like a sacrificial offering, God accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,

and will run like sparks through the stubble.

     They will govern nations and rule over

     peoples, and the Lord will reign over them       forever.

Those who trust in God will understand truth,

and the faithful will abide in love.

     Because grace and mercy are upon God’s

     chosen, and God watches over the saints.

 

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).  If using the Roman Catholic Psalm, it can be found on p. 735.

 

 Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  (created or adapted by the editor)

We gather this morning to celebrate the lives of persons we name as saints, and those unnumbered throngs who praise God around the Throne.  Some have touched us personally, others have touched and reshaped our society and our world.  All of them are known to God, and all are precious in God’s sight, as are we, the saints of God on earth, being made fit to share in their inheritance in the ages to come.  Let us rejoice in God’s saints, this day and every day.

 Call to Worship  (created or adapted by the editor)

L: Praise the Lord, all you saints!

P:  Praise God all you heavenly hosts!

L: Patriarchs and Prophets, holy men and women, evangelists and apostles, all you holy martyrs: all whose robes are washed white in the blood of the Lamb:

P:  Praise the Lord!

L: We are the saints who are the living body of Christ, the Church.

P:  Praise the Lord!  O praise the name of the Lord!

 Collect of the Day  (created or adapted by the editor)

God of all holiness, you gave your saints different gifts on earth, but one holy city in heaven.  Give us grace to follow their good example, that we may know the joy you have prepared for all who love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 Table Service (Disciples Tradition) with Remembrance of Faithful

The following (and several variations on it) were used by the editor on All Saints’ celebrations past at the Table in Disciples congregations.  The congregation often suggests names of those to be remembered in the prayer.  Other variations of it combine this with the Great Thanksgiving, and there are many good examples of it for those who use one.  This is offered as a prolonged invitation and prayer as prelude to traditional Elders’ prayers, which might best be scripted for the occasion, as is the case on many high holy days, to assure some cohesion and brevity, where needed.

 Invitation:

     Someone has said that time is simply a way to keep everything from happening at once.  And that’s a good thing.  If life had no orderly sequence of events, it would not be possible.  But there times when time fades before us.  Naturalist John Muir spoke of “those great thousand-year days” he experienced in the high Sierras; and we all know how long 10 seconds feels on a hot stove.  In these cases, time is overwhelmed in our consciousness by the events in time.

     So it is with communion, especially on a day like today, as we remember those saints who rest from their labors.  It has been said that whenever and wherever Christians join in communion, at that moment the pilgrim is arriving, just about to step over the threshold.

     Each year, on this occasion, we remember the lives of those whose service, hopes, accomplishments and faith have touched our own.  Let us be reminded of these words of assurance from scripture: In dying, Christ destroyed our death; rising, Christ restores our life; Christ will come again in glory.  As in baptism these faithful brothers and sisters put on Christ, so in Christ they are clothed in glory.

     Remembrance:

     Let us pray:  God of Abraham and Sarah, of Moses and Deborah, of Mary and Joseph, of Paul and Phoebe; God of our fathers and mothers, and God of all creation, we praise you for the great company of all those who have finished their course in faith and now rest from their labors.  We praise you for those dear to us whom we name in our hearts.  We praise you for your children whom you have taken to yourself, as we remember:

            (Naming of the blessed dead)

     God of our ancestors, God of our here and now, these are your holy ones.  Make us to be your holy ones in this generation, in community with those who have done your bidding, now unbounded by space and time.  Help us to press on in the company of your saints everywhere as we praise you through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

     Words of Institutuion:

     Many are God’s saints; many are those who share this place at God’s table with us, just as Jesus shared with his close friends around the table on the night he was betrayed and offered up for us all.  At supper, he took bread, and having given thanks to God he broke it, and he gave it to his disciples saying, “Take and eat; this is my body which is given for you;” and after the supper he took the cup, and having blessed it gave it to them saying “Drink from this, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant which is shed for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”     Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all die, but we shall all be changed.  This perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal, immortality.  Then shall come to pass the saying: “Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy sting; O grave, where is thy victory?”  Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Let us join in the feast of Christ’s victory [as we sing our communion hymn…  OR  Let us pray.]

 

Memorial Prayer (adapted by editor for occasions when impractical to add the Memorial to the Service of the Table)

     Let us pray:   How rich is your mercy toward us, O God.  How great is the love with which you love your creation.  Hear the prayers of your people as we speak to you the joys and sorrows that are moving within us.  And speak to us once more your words of comfort and assurance.  Call to our remembrance how you stand with us when we are feeble, how you bear with us when we are weak.  Open our eyes, our ears, our hearts to a deeper understanding of your love and care for every child you have brought forth upon the earth, and for the earth itself.  Be attentive to those whose lives are closely linked with our own, whom we have named before you this day, and those we name in the silence of our hearts…

      Give us grace, God of Abraham and Sarah, of Moses and Debora, God of Mary and Joseph, of Paul and Phoebe—grace to walk in the company of those who have followed your Christ, both in days long past and in our present.  We would be your holy ones, all together, as faithful doers of your bidding.  As your Spirit moves among us this day, call to our memories those whose lives have touched us in a special way and who rest in your presence

      [Naming of the blessed dead}

These, and others are your holy ones.  Until we join with your people in praise at your throne, we press on.  And in the company of your saints from every age, we praise you, One God, world without end.   [Amen, or continue:]

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. 

Now they rest from their labors and their works follow them.

      Blessed forever is our God!  Amen.

As God has poured out his rich mercy in our lives,

let us give thanks as we gather at his table

to celebrate the life we share in Christ.

Blessed are you, Lord our God. 

Your giving never ceases. 

Fill the lives of your faithful people with such gratitude

 that we may always praise you in Christ.  Amen.

 A Litany of Saints:  Chalice Hymnal #488 may be used as an alternate act of remembrance.

 

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

 http://almanac.oremus.org/2011-10-30

Collects
Almighty God,
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
   in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:
may we who have shared at this table
   as strangers and pilgrims here on earth
be welcomed with all your saints
   to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God of holiness,
your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example
with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and eternal God,
you have kindled the flame of love
   in the hearts of the saints:
grant to us the same faith and power of love,
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs,
we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Lord of heaven,
in this eucharist you have brought us near
   to an innumerable company of angels
   and to the spirits of the saints made perfect:
as in this food of our earthly pilgrimage
   we have shared their fellowship,
so may we come to share their joy in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alternative Collect

God of glory,
touch our lips with the fire of your Spirit,
that we with all creation
may rejoice to sing your praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

FROM: Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2010. Compiled by Simon Kershaw September 2010 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker. Compilation © Simon Kershaw 2010. 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.

 We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

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For many of us, the heart of Lent is not the time we naturally turn our attention to things of the mystery of the Incarnation, but perhaps it should be.  It is Emmanuel who said “This is my body which is given for you.”  In a sense, these days should summon within us a renewed gratitude for the most gracious nature of God’s self-giving.  May our hearts be renewed and our lives encouraged toward greater faithfulness, as we marvel and ponder with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary

http://almanac.oremus.org/2011-03-25

Principal Feast

Principal Service
Isaiah 7.10-14
Psalm 40.5-11
Hebrews 10.4-10
Luke 1.26-38

Collect

We beseech you, O Lord,
pour your grace into our hearts,
that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ
   by the message of an angel,
so by his cross and passion
we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

God most high,
whose handmaid bore the Word made flesh:
we thank you that in this sacrament of our redemption
you visit us with your Holy Spirit
and overshadow us by your power;
strengthen us to walk with Mary the joyful path of obedience
and so to bring forth the fruits of holiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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