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All Saints Sunday

Pentecost +25, Proper 27C

 

Nov. 6

 

This ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

 

For All Saints Day/Sunday, Year C: All Saints’ Day/Sunday C: Nov. 1 or 3

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)

 

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

Suggestions for Observing Veterans’ Day in Worship, UMC GBOD.

“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:

Haggai 1:15b-2:9 or Job 19:23-27a Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98 or Psalm 17:1-9 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38

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

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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

 

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.

 

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.

 

OR

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…”)

 

Intercessions

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*

Collect

 

Almighty Father,

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

Heavenly Father,

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.

 

Post Communion

 

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

Gracious Lord,

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.

 

Additional Collect

 

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

Heavenly Lord,

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)

Luke 20:27-38

 

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.

 

Offertory Prayer

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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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…’

 

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 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.

 

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 Sunday

or

Pentecost +24, Proper 26C

 

 

Oct. 30

 

This ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

 

For All Saints Day/Sunday, Year C: All Saints’ Day/Sunday C: Nov. 1 or 3

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)

 

ITEMS REMAINING ARE FOR USE WITH PROPER 26C

 

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:

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 or Isaiah 1:10-18 Psalm 119:137-144 or Psalm 32:1-7 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Luke 19:1-10

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

618-How firm a foundation

540-O Love that wilt not let me go

390-Lord of our highest love

609-Take my 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 32 may be found p. 739

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12

 

We give all thanks for those who love,

whose fervor shows abundance.

The increase of abiding love

brings joy in every quarter.

 

The nurture thrives in turbulence

while rash affliction hastens,

whenever life’s endurance comes

to shelter with love’s purpose,

 

Comes prayer in thanks for constant love,

the swell that buoys forever,

that God fulfill in worthiness

the call that rouses ever.

 

The name of Jesus echoes well

in lives of love, forever;

and, glorified in utter joy,

the grace of Jesus prospers.

 

8.7.8.7.         Suggested tune: St. Columba

 

 

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.

 

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

We are invited guests of Christ, who travels among us this day and every day, to a great feast of love and forgiveness.  May we see him more clearly in our everyday lives because we have heard him here, in the midst of this gathering of grace.

 

Call to Worship  (John Berringer, adapted by the editor)

L: Come, let us use our voices to praise the Lord.

P:  Our mouths will shout forth praise.

L: Let us use our minds to ponder the wondrous deeds of God.

P:  We will call to mind God’s mighty acts.

L: With all of our strength and being, let us worship the Lord of love.

P:  We will worship from our depths.  Our souls exult in God!

 

Prayer of Approach  

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praise.  Fill us with your spirit that we may celebrate your glory and truly worship you as we gather around your holy Table; through Jesus Christ our Lord (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

See entry for All Saints’ Day (omitting sections, if desired)

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

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.

 

Additional 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.

 

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

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your

faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant

that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly

promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and

reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

ever.

 

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 19:1-10

 

In our unworthiness, O God,

you call to us and come to us.

You pass aside appearances

and thrive upon the will

to court simplicity

into abundance spilled

in wanton joy for you.

Become our guest in such arrest

that we become your host in love.

 

Service of Table  

You are encouraged to use texts for the Table from All Saints’ Day observance (with or without the reading of names of the deceased). 

 

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 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.

 

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

 

Nov. 1

See also:

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)

All Saints’ Day/Sunday C: Nov. 1 or 3

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:

Ruth 1:1-18 or Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Roman Catholic reading: Deuteronomy 6:2-6 United Methodist reading: Ruth 1:1-18

Psalm 146 or Psalm 119:1-8 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 18:2-51 United Methodist reading: Psalm 146

Hebrews 9:11-14 Roman Catholic reading: Hebrews 7:23-28

Mark 12:28-34

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

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.

637- For all the saints

See also 645-649

393-One bread, one body

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 146 is on page 766

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Hear!  So the cry comes near

that we may listen dear

and understand in awe

the resonance of God.

So speak to us,

O Lord our God!

That we may hear

and answer love.

Obedience is life,

the offering past strife

that stirs the sullen heart

into this brilliant start

wherein we rise

in listening

that glistening

we may be prized.

And to this one we call,

the one whom we adore,

the echo of all calling

that finds alive our will

we do repeat

wherever life

and promise lead,

into God’s pyre.

6.6.6.6.4.4.4.4.

Suggested tune: Croft’s 136th

Note: 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.

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.

Additional 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. Amen.

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 12:28-34

As always, Lord, we do desire

to get things straight,

to know up front the core of life,

the center of commandment’s lure.

And in our hearing, love becomes the prize

and leads us near your kingdom, our God.

Confirm in us the seeds of love

for you, for all who wander near

that in this energy of life

we find your kingdom’s grace.

For other resources for the day

See links at top of this article.

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.

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

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; 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 Sunday

or Pentecost +21A, Proper 25A

Nov. 2

 

Recommendation: See also earlier entries of All Saints Sunday for added worship resource suggestions:

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)

All Saints’ Day/Sunday C: Nov. 1 or 3

Preparing for All Saints’ Day/Sunday Celebration

Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the Editor)

And excellent resource provided by the Christian Church Foundation can be found here

Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

 

All Saints’ Sunday

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

 

or Proper 26 A (Pentecost +21A)

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Joshua 3:7-17 or Micah 3:5-12

Roman Catholic reading: Malachi 1:14 – 2:2, 8-10 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Joshua 3:7-17

Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 or Psalm 43 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 131:1-3 United Methodist & ELCIC reading: Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Roman Catholic reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 (see also study page for 1 Thess 2:9-13)

Matthew 23:1-12

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

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.

All Saints: See links to prior entries at top of page

Proper 25A: 622- Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

700-O day of God draw nigh

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://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week: Psalm 107 (Proper 25A) see p. 755; Psalm 34:1-10, 22 not available in Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Micah 3:5-12

Caught in the vision of our God,

the way of peace and hope,

the judgment-crying prophet loathes

that easy way of voice.

Indeed, the favor of all wealth

distorts the sense of God,

discovers in the grist of greed

the word that profits well.

Immediate, the prophet’s call

cries for integrity,

for honesty and justice formed

to rectify desire.

Immersed into the word, God wields

a word of honor, justice,

equity, delight in mercy,

expenditure of peace.

CM      Suggested tune: Caithness

Note: 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.

Other Materials for Prayers and Service of the Table

See links above

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

For All Saints:

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**)

For All Saints:

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. Amen.

 

For Proper 25A:

Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your

faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant

that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly

promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and

reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for

ever. Amen.

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.

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.

 

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

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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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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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.

See Oct. 28 & Nov. 4 Entry if not observing All Saints on Sunday.

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

 

All Saints B
November 1, 2011  (or All Saints Sunday)

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:

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9
Roman Catholic reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
United Methodist reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

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

Revelation 21:1-6a
Roman Catholic reading: 1 John 3:1-3

John 11:32-44
Roman Catholic reading: Matthew 5:1-12

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   637, Hymn for All Saints’ Day (by the editor)

Hymn of Prayer:  646

Hymn of Invitation:  638, 639

Communion Hymn:   408, or any other of the hymns listed here.

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  649, 431

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).  Psalm 24 is in Chalice Hymnal p. 735.

 

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  (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!

or

L: We gather this morning to celebrate the lives of persons  we name as saints.

P:  Some of them are living, others have completed their physical lives here on earth.

L: Some have touched us personally, others have touched and called into question the institutions and structures of our society.

P: 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 see Act of Praise below

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.

Intercessions (created or adapted by the editor)

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

Acclamation:  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:]

L: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.  Now they rest from their labors and their works follow them.

P:  Blessed forever is our God!  Amen.

L: 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.

P:  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.

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.

 

Service of Table (created or adapted by the editor; if Memorial Observance by names takes place in the Prayers of the People, adapt Memorial suggestion below or omit it entirely)

 

Invitation (Memorial; Unity; Rev. 21:3-4)

At this table, the church remembers and celebrates the love of God.  The act of sharing bread and wine is a statement of faith and an expression of assurance.  Communion happens in many different ways in different churches throughout the world, and in each place brings a new meaning of life in the Spirit of God that is right for that community.

But above all, here believers join themselves to the Lord of life.  Death, which shows itself in sins, injustice, oppression and despair, yields to concrete demonstrations of life which produce peace, justice, hope, liberation and salvation.

This meal is an act of expectation.  We, in the midst of our daily lives, proclaim the imminent manifestation of the kingdom of God.  Hope replaces sorrow; joy surpasses tears; the power of life triumphs over the reign of death.  As an act of faith surpassing the limits of time and place, we sing along with John in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ: “Now God’s home is with mortals!  He will live with them and they shall be his people.  God will personally be with them, and will be their God.  God will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there will be an end to death.  There will be no more grief nor crying nor pain, for the old order has passed away.”

 

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Invitation:

Friends, we come to this day in praise of God and witness to our faith as the church as we remember the lives of those whose service, hopes, accomplishments and faith have touched our own.  We acknowledge our grief in our human loss.  May God search our hearts that in pain we may find comfort, in sorrow hope, in death resurrection.

In what is said and done at this table, we have the opportunity to experience an extraordinary array of meanings.  We call it the Lord’s supper, eucharist—meaning thanksgiving—holy communion, the breaking of bread.  As Paul recounts the tradition known to him, he speaks of remembrance, when he says “this do in remembrance of me.”  The word used here not only involves memory, but carries a special meaning.  It is not merely a recollection of something long gone and so remote from us, but a re-presentation which makes what is past a vivid and lively reality here and now.  Jesus is present with us in this remembrance.

In remembering, we go beyond thinking of a bygone event.  Here, in this joyful celebration of God’s saving acts, the promises of Christ are brought before our hearts and minds with stark immediacy.  At this supper, the line dividing past and present is erased.  We become participants in the event of Christ’s life, death and resurrection.  We join the company of disciples of every time and place who have and do gather now to share this meal with him.  To remember the occasion in which God’s covenant of love was revealed is to share in the renewal of that covenant.  We commune not only with him, but with all those who have responded to his invitation in all times and places.  Let us remember, then, the body of Christ as we celebrate with the saints of Christ at his table.

 

Memorial:

Let us pray:  God of Abraham and Sarah, of Moses and Deborah, God 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 before you.  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 unbound 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

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; 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)  …

Suggested Elders Prayers:

Prayer for Bread:

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 Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer for Cup:          

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.  Amen.

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

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.

Intercessions from Common Worship

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us make our prayer in the power of the Spirit, looking to Jesus the pioneer of our faith.

That with the noble fellowship of the prophets we may discern the signs of your kingdom in our midst, we pray to you, O Lord: R

That with the glorious company of the apostles we may proclaim your gospel throughout the world, we pray to you, O Lord: R

That with the white-robed army of martyrs we may be ready to suffer for the truth’s sake, we pray to you, O Lord: R

That with all who are anointed by your Spirit we may bring good news to the poor and freedom to the oppressed, we pray to you, O Lord: R

That with the saints in light we may bind up the brokenhearted and comfort all who mourn, we pray to you, O Lord: R

That within the whole company of Christ’s pilgrim people we may come to the inheritance of the saints in glory, we pray to you, O Lord: R

In communion with all the saints, let us commend the world to the mercy and protection of God.

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

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

 

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.

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