Feast of All Saints and All Souls
Song without Words, op. 38, no. 4- Felix Mendelssohn
Jae Park, piano
The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold.Please sing along with us! To prepare for worship, you may want to place a candle or two in the place where you worship, to light during the opening prayer
Dear friends in the risen Christ, on this morning we gather for the Feast of All Saints and All Souls. We are an Easter people. Christ’s resurrection shows us that goodness is stronger than evil, love is stronger than hate, light is stronger than darkness, life is stronger than death. Yet we follow a savior who knew what it was to mourn the death of a loved one. As we gather online, we invite you to call to mind those who have died, especially in this year when so many lives have been lost to a global pandemic.
Eternal God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Help us to be conscious of the brevity and uncertainty of all human life. May your Holy Spirit lead us all our days, so that when we shall have served you in our time, we may be gathered to our ancestors, in the confidence of a sure faith, in the comfort of a holy hope, in favor with you, our God, and at peace with the world. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen
Candles will now be lit in the church. You are invited to light candles at home.
As we worship we ask God’s forgiveness for things done and things left undone and things done on our behalf so that we are reconciled to God and each other.
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.
Glory to God for ever and ever. Amen.
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I Sing a Song of the Saints of God 1982 Hymnal #293
The Collect of the Day
The collect is a prayer traditionally used to help us prepare to hear the Word of God proclaimed in Scripture.
Let us Pray.
God of the saints, we bless your holy name for all who have finished their course in faith: for the Blessed Virgin Mary, for matriarchs, patriarchs, prophets and martyrs; and for all your people, known and unknown; and we pray that, encouraged by their example, upheld by their prayers, and strengthened by their companionship on the way, we may also share in the inheritance of your saints, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.
We hear the stories of the experience of God from our spiritual ancestors. Following an ancient pattern originally from Jewish synagogue worship, readings follow a set calendar for what will be read when.
THE FIRST READING:
A Reading from the book of Revelation (Revelation 7:9-17)
After this I looked, and there was a great crowd that no one could number. They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They wore white robes and held palm branches in their hands. They cried out with a loud voice:
“Victory belongs to our God
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
All the angels stood in a circle around the throne, and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell facedown before the throne and worshipped God, saying,
“Amen! Blessing and glory
and wisdom and thanksgiving
and honor and power and might
be to our God forever and always. Amen.”
Then one of the elders said to me, “Who are these people wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
Then he said to me, “These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. No sun or scorching heat will beat down on them, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
THE PSALM (Psalm 34:1-10,22)
I will bless God at all times,
and praise shall ever be in my mouth.
I will glory in the Most High;
let the humble hear and rejoice.
Proclaim with me the greatness of God;
let us exalt God’s Name together.
I sought, and God answered me
and delivered me out of all my terror.
Look upon the Most High and be radiant,
and let not your faces be ashamed.
I called in my affliction, and God heard me
and saved me from all my troubles.
The angels encompass those who fear God,
and God will deliver them.
Taste and see that God is good;
happy are they who trust in the Most High!
Fear the Most High, you that are God’s saints,
for those who fear God lack nothing.
The young lions lack and suffer hunger,
but those who seek God lack nothing that is good.
O God, you will ransom the life of your servants,
and none will be punished who trust in you.
Glory to God, Source of all being, Incarnate Word, and Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
THE GOSPEL READING
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 5:1-12)
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came to him. He taught them, saying:
“Happy are people who are hopeless, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
“Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad.
“Happy are people who are humble, because they will inherit the earth.
“Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full.
“Happy are people who show mercy, because they will receive mercy.
“Happy are people who have pure hearts, because they will see God.
“Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
“Happy are people whose lives are harassed because they are righteous, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
“Happy are you when people insult you and harass you and speak all kinds of bad and false things about you, all because of me. Be full of joy and be glad, because you have a great reward in heaven. In the same way, people harassed the prophets who came before you.
The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
The Sermon: The Rev. Mike Angell
Shalom Rav arr. by Mayta Cohen
Shalom rav al yisrael amcha tasim le-olam
Ki atta hu melech adon le-chol ha-shalom
Ve-tov be-eynecha le-varech es am-kha yisrael
Be-chol es u-ve-chol sha’a bi-shlomecha
Baruch atta [Hashem]
Ha-mevarech es amo yisrael ba-shalom
Grant abundant peace over Israel, Your people, forever.
For You are the sovereign source of all peace.
So may it be good in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel
in every season and in every hour with Your peace.
Blessed are You, Adonai,
Who blesses His people Israel with peace.
Prayer for Stewardship
Holy Communion’s annual campaign for giving is ongoing. You can read more about the campaign “Making a Needed Difference” at holycommunion.net/pledge
Gracious and everlasting God, the giver of all good gifts, you have blessed us and our parish abundantly. Grant us the hope to dream and the courage to live into our possibilities. Make us faithful stewards, both for the provision of our necessities and for the relief of those who are in need. Bless the efforts of our Annual Giving this year to extend the work of spiritual renewal in our church and community of faith. Through Jesus Christ, who gave all of himself, we offer this prayer. Amen.
The Prayers of the People
You are invited to sing along to the response: “Woza/Come Bring your Burdens,” a traditional song of South Africa.
I invite your prayers for the church throughout the world. For our companion relationships with Cristosal and the people and church in El Salvador; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for The people and ministry of Faith Christian Church of India in St. Louis, Pray for the Church.
I invite your prayers for our nation, for the upcoming election. I invite your prayers for all those in authority in our own communities and across this world. Pray for justice and good governance.
I invite your prayers for the earth that God has given us, that we might steward and protect the land and all its inhabitants. Pray for the earth.
I invite your prayers of thanksgiving. Shield the joyous, especially those who are celebrating a birthday this week: Sherifa Olivia Bethune, Nelly Bellamy, Mike Mariani, Simone Baudendistal, Willard Payne, Edie Zerazion, Amanda Willingham, and Julie Farrar; and for those celebrating anniversaries: Adam Pearson and Courtney Dula. For what do you give thanks to God?
I invite your prayers of petition for those in any need or trouble, for all affected by the coronavirus. Pray for your own needs, and those of others.
I invite your prayers for that whole cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in faith. Pray for those who have died.
O God our strength and salvation, hear all our prayers this day, and grant that we may live in the joy of the Resurrection, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray in the way Christ taught us.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power
and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
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Blessing of the Memorial Altar
The Rev. Marc Smith sprinkles holy water on the altar of remembrance:
Let us pray. Eternal God, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; bless this altar as a sign of our love and prayer; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.
Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return. For so did you ordain when you created me, saying, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
O God of the living and the dead, you have trampled upon death and abolished the power of evil, giving life to your world. Give to your departed servants rest in a place of light, in a place of tranquility, in a place of refreshment, where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor suffering. For you, Christ our God, are the resurrection, the life, and the repose of your servants, and to you we give glory, with your eternal Creator and your all-holy, good, and life- giving Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
The Peace is then exchanged.
The peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.
The Peace is then exchanged. Consider sending a text, a message on Facebook, or even writing a letter or email to someone who could use some peace.
Lord of All Hopefulness 1982 Hymnal #482
The Deacon dismisses the congregation:
Let us Bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.
Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Presider: The Rev. Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev. Chester Hines
Seminarian: Emilee Walker-Cornetta
Lectors: Julie Farrar, Bob Lowes
Prayers of the People: Jillian Smith
Lord’s Prayer: Sondra Ellis
Greeters/Ushers: The Cummins-Ludwig Family, Shirley Mensah
Guest Musician: Mayta Cohen
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Streaming Producer: John Kelly
Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
The Psalms are copyright of the Order of Saint Helena. The Scripture Translation is the Common English Bible. All are used by permission.
The Form of worship was adapted from Enriching our Worship #3 A portion of the opening prayer was adapted from a prayer by Bishop Desmond Tutu.