Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service of Worship - Holy Communion -- All Saints
In Praise of Saints – When “Yes” is the Only
A Service of Holy Communion for All Saints Day
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Psalm
Ephesians 1:11-23 Luke 6:20-31
on All Saints Day
All Saints Day originated sometime in the 4th
Century and was originally celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
During the 800’s the date of the celebration of All Saints Day was moved to
November 1 and at that time it was celebrated by the whole church. All Saints
Day is a time when the church honors those who died as witnesses of the
Christian Faith. These were faithful people who refused to deny Christ. There
were many thousands of early Christian martyrs and over the years there are
countless others who witnessed to Christ. Today, in many of our churches, the
names of deceased members from the past year are read during the service on All
Those whom we celebrate on this All Saints Day
are people who loved/love their God. They are a people whose strong faith is
consistent with their behavior. They may, in this life, suffer because of their
witness to Christ. In their death, we believe they will experience no hunger,
nor thirst and no longer will they be oppressed. They will inherit the Kingdom of God.
We give thanks to God for their lives. We sing our thanks with joyful voices.
Call to Worship (Ephesians
this All Saints Day
we remember and
saints of yesterday and of today;
faithful people who set
their hopes on Christ and
who with their lives,
May our hearts and
minds be open
to new realities in Christ.
We want to be counted
among saints who
will inherit your
May we, in this hour, commit ourselves
to living lives that are pleasing to God.
O Precious God of all times and of all faithful people
We seek your presence and your blessing on us
As we sing your praises
We recognize ourselves as your lovers:
We are the faithful
We gather in this sacred place to witness to your power.
us Lord for our failure to live with integrity.
We want to sing your
praises, O God.
We want show with our
lives our love for you.
We want you to be
pleased with us.
But there are times O
when we forget your promise;
that those who love you
will receive the kingdom.
There are times when to
to be approved of by
our friends and family;
to be “somebody” in the
eyes of the world
is so enticing.
Sometimes the desire to
protect ourselves from criticism
outweighs the greater
to speak to the
injustices we see all around.
In those moments, O
God, we forget
about people like
ourselves who sacrificed everything
because they did not
fail to show their love for you.
us, dear Lord that we too can live
with that kind of integrity.
Be patient with us.
Beloved in Christ,
God has such love for
us and knows the intent of our hearts.
assured that God cares
and has already
forgiven whatever needs to be forgiven.
witness to Christ may not be the ultimate sacrifice of our lives.
witness may simply be to say “Yes” to the call
share all of our gifts generously and wholeheartedly.
takes pleasure in us whether we are able to participate
providing support or whether we are among those who receive support.
invitation awaits our bold but joy-filled response.
Loving God, we present to you our
pray that you might bless them and us
we praise you with our voices and with our lives. Amen.
around this holy table
invitation of our God
communion with generations past
generations yet unborn.
in praise of God,
been made holy in Christ.
mindful of the virtuous and
living of saints that has become
inspiration for us.
them may we come to know
inexpressible joys God prepares
who love God.
table, O God,
receive the gift of bread and cup.
the symbols you provide that remind us of your love.
you, Almighty God,
creating the gift of life.
the life and ministry of Jesus and
for the sustaining work of the Holy
faithful living of saints for all centuries.
the witness of those who gave their lives in your service.
presence of this cloud of witnesses,
around this table.
remember that on the night of betrayal and desertion,
gathered with his disciples for the Passover meal.
blessed and broke the bread, saying:
“This is my body which is broken for you.
in remembrance of me.”
that in the same way Jesus took the cup, after supper,
looked forward to your reign, saying:
is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this as often as you drink,
remembrance of me.”
God we stand in sacred community with all the faithful
before these gifts of your love.
you to send your Holy Spirit
bread and wine on our gifts, and on us.
your universal church
may be the champion of peace and justice in all the world.
the earth with your grace that is able to make all things new.
* Service of Word and
Sacrament I, Book of Worship UCC
Prayer of Thanksgiving
We thank you, Most Holy God,
for refreshment at your table
where along with your saints
we receive all Christ’s gifts.
Provide for your church on earth a strong faith
and increased love for one another.
Give us the grace to praise you with our lives
in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
who are faithful,
this place to return to a world
will test your faith.
forth remembering the commitment
saints who did weep and pray and rejoice
of their love of God.
them as you sing songs of praise to God
say “Yes” to God with your lives.
In Praise of Saints – When “Yes” is the Only Response:
Service of Holy Communion for All Saints
written by Henrietta Stith Andrews, a retired UCC Pastor who served as
Associate Conference Minister in Michigan. Rev. Andrews
is a certified Spiritual Director and presently residing in Southfield, Michigan.
Copyright 2010 Local Church
Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
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