Pentecost -- Ordinary Time -- Service Prayers
"Oh, When the Saints Come Marching In!" [PDF]
Prayers for All Saints Day,
following the readings for the 22nd
Sunday after Pentecost
1:1-18, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:11-14, Mark 12:28-34
Oh, when the saints go marching in,
Oh, when the saints
go marching in
Oh, how I want to be
in that number
When the saints go
marching in !
James Milton Black
Call to Worship
Oh when the saints go marching in
We will meet friends and family of
courage and faith:
Many: Where you go, I will go; where you
live, I will live;
your people shall be my people and
your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die— there will I
Even death will not part me from
(Ruth 1:16, 17 paraphrase)
O when the saints go marching in
will meet prophets and leaders who have called us
Many: Happy are those whose help is our faithful God
justice and courage, of welcome and healing!
(Psalm 146 paraphrase)
when the saints go marching in
will meet the wise ones who dwell in God’s reign:
Many: They rejoice to love God
all heart and soul and mind and strength;
love their neighbors…. (Mark
12: 33 paraphrase)
when the saints go marching in,
us join with them in joyful procession
worship and praise our God!
Prayer of Invocation
God, in whose hands are life, death and eternal life,
thank you for all the saints,
those who have been baptized in the spirit
whom you have justified by grace and faith.
rejoice that their faithfulness
paved the way for our lives to follow.
you for the small and large saints
have given us love and care and challenge:
(Invite congregation to call out names
loved ones, mentors, leaders).
thanks that all these beloved saints
with you in eternal life.
Prayer of Confession
We ask for forgiveness, God of Mercy,
for all the times we have not followed in
the ways of your saints and
loved you with all our heart and soul,
mind and strength.
to reflect on what we need to confess)
Assurance of Pardon
Through Christ, God forgives us our failings, and
continues to call us into a community of mutual love and forgiveness. Let us celebrate this mercy of God by greeting
each other with a sign of Christ’s peace.
Call to Offering
The saints point us to a way of generosity,
in which we may share the gifts God has
given us with the whole community. Let
us gather our gifts together and offer them to God with heartfelt gratitude,
commitment and praise.
Change our lives, O God, and let these
gifts change the world into which we send them. Take them and multiply them to be a blessing
of justice and peace in the world
“Oh, when the saints come marching in
Oh, when the saints come marching in
Oh yes, I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in!”
Let us go forth to join
the procession of saints in our world,
loving our God with heart
and soul, mind and strength!
Day of the Dead
Celebration: Children’s Sermon and Holy
Invite the children ahead of time to bring
photographs of any of their loved ones who have died and their loved ones’
Create a small altar with marigolds ands candles and
explain the Mexican cultural tradition of “Dias de Muerta” or Day of the Dead,
where families clean the graveyard and have a party in celebration of their deceased
loved ones who have died and remember them while sharing their favorite foods. Bring your own photograph and
favorite food of someone whom you loved who has died and bring enough food to
share with the children. For example, if your father died and he liked olives,
bring enough olives to share. Tell a
story about your father--what you loved about him, and what he taught you.
Talk about the importance of remembering those
who have gone before us; remind the children--and their parents--that our
communities extend through time, stretching all the way back to the community
of Jesus. Generation by generation the
stories of Jesus have been told--especially around communion tables where
Christians have shared the bread and cup in Jesus’ memory. When we gather at our congregation’s
communion table, we gather there with all the “saints” who have gone before us,
who have been faithful to Jesus--we share a meal with them and with Jesus
Consider having Holy Communion on this day,
and including the children in a special way, along with all the saints.
“Oh, When the Saints
Come Marching In”: Service prayers
for All Saints Day, following
the readings for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, was written by the Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, pastor of the
Congregational Church of Lincoln City, Lincoln
2009 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
Team, United Church
of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.