As the pandemic of COVID-19 has caused us to stay home and avoid public gatherings we missed giving our loved one's proper memorials and life celebrations. To respond to the need to celebrate the saints we have lost in the past year we at Oceanview are devoting Sunday, November 1, 2020, to the memory of those we have lost. The celebration of their lives will be our prayers and our sermons.
Family members and church friends have helped us to create these memorial vignettes to honor our loved ones. At The Gathering in-person on Sunday, November 1st at 10:00 am we will ring a bell and light a candle when we call out the saint's name. We will also celebrate holy communion together. Please be in prayer for the families and friends of those we have lost in 2020. Grace and Peace to you,
Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with.
Remember that CDC guidelines state that even in Phase 3, if you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain sequestered and safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones. If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities quite yet, please stay home and stay in touch!
Words of Assurance
Leader: The Holy One shows us a vision of a new heaven and a new earth,
where everyone will live in peace and blessing. Trusting in God’s promise to wipe away all our tears, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
People: In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
Glory to God. Amen.
Leader: Patient, Forgiving Spirit, we come seeking your face.
People: We hold on to ancient angers and hurts, and refuse to believe that you alone can make all things new.
Leader: Like Mary and Martha, we have forgotten your promises of eternal life.
People: Like the crowd that mourned for Lazarus, we have not believed that we would see your glory.
Leader: Forgive our unbelief, O God.
People: Bring us back, and restore our trust in you.
As we remember our loved ones who have gone before us, as we lift up their names, let us pray pray:
We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you
Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses
Where your name was lifted and adored.
We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Strong hands and those gnarled with age
Used as wave offerings across the land.
We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;
Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned,
Blue-collared or three-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.
Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us.
Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love.
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Prayer: God of all generations, as we worship today, we offer our whole selves to you, all that we have and all that we are. Like your saints who have gone before us, we pray that you will help us be bold in our mission and in our witness. May we who have been given so much give freely, ministering in your compassion to the multitudes near to us and far from us; so that one day we may stand amidst the multitude that gathers at your heavenly throne. We pray this in the name of our Savior and Redeemer, Christ our Lord. Amen. (Revelation 7:9-17)
PASTOR: O my heavenly Father, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, God of all comfort,
PEOPLE: I thank you for revealing to me your dear Son, Jesus Christ, in whom I believe, whom I have preached and confessed, whom I have loved and praised.
PASTOR: I pray, my Lord Jesus Christ, take my soul into your hands.
PEOPLE: Heavenly Father, I know that although I will live this body and be taken from this life, I will live with you forever, and that no one can pluck me out of your hands.
PASTOR: God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
PEOPLE: Our God is the God of salvation, and the Lord delivers from death.
ALL: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. You have redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth.
Source: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther by Ernst August Brueggeman
Further Readings for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost, November 1, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A
1st Reading: Joshua 3:7-17
Psalm: Psalm 43
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12