November 7, 2021

All Saints Sunday

The online version of our worship service is much like the one in-person.  Here are tributes to those we lost since All Saints Sunday of 2020.  Let their pictures and stories be our sermons and scriptures.


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. 


If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

Prelude: Precious Lord, Take My Hand

by Charles "Doc" Erwin

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A prayer for All Saints Sunday

Holy God, all that you have given us is yours.  

As at first you gave these saints to us so now we give them back to you.  

Acknowledge we humble beseech you, the sheep of your own flock, lambs of your own fold, and sinners of your own redemption.  

Raise them up to glorious light and raise us up also and welcome them in to the company of the blessed saints. 

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


(adapted from the UM Hymnal prayer of committal)

Opening Hymn: For All the Saints

1 For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever bless’d. Alleluia, alleluia!


2 Thou wast their rock, their refuge, and their might, thou, Christ, the hope that put their fears to flight; ’mid gloom and doubt, their true and shining light. Alleluia, alleluia!


3 Oh, bless’d communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine, yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia, alleluia!


4 The golden evening brightens in the west. Soon, soon to faithful servants cometh rest. Sweet is the calm of paradise the bless’d. Alleluia, alleluia!


5 But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day; the saints triumphant rise in bright array, as God to glory calls them all away. Alleluia, alleluia!


6 From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, *all praising Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia, alleluia        

*Alternate phrase: to praise Creator, Christ, and Holy Ghost

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Judy Osbourne

  

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Donna Figoras


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Bob O'Rourke


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Caryl Brown

  

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Dawn Darby


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Gary Straughan

  

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Dan Smith


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Bill Gosselin


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A Moment to Remember

Pray, meditate, and remember your loved ones who have passed since last All Saints Sunday.


A Litany of Blessing: Into Your Hands

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