All Saints Sunday (November 1, 2020)
Welcome & Worship Announcements
Invocation and Call to Worship
In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit.
Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who by your breath gave us life, have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy.
Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who suffered death for all humanity, who rose from the grave to open the way to eternal life, have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy.
Holy Spirit, author and giver of life, the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence and everlasting hope, have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy.
To you, O blessed Trinity, be glory and honor, forever and ever. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.
Prayer of the Day
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
A reading from John’s Revelation, Chapter 7
9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Word of God. Word of life. Thanks be to God.
Sermon Silence for reflection follows.
“Shall We Gather at the River” Hymn of the Week Virtual Choir
The Apostles’ Creed
I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church.
Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? I renounce them.
Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? I renounce them.
Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Prayers of Intercession
Let us pray. A brief silence is kept.
Almighty God, in holy baptism you have knit your chosen people together into one communion of saints in the body of Christ. Give to your whole church in heaven and on earth your light and your peace. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Remind us that all who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection have died to sin and will rise to share new life in Christ. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Give courage and faith to all who mourn, and a sure and certain hope in your loving care, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may have strength for the days ahead. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that, where this world groans in grief and pain, your Holy Spirit may lead us to bear witness to your light and life. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
Help us, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting. God of mercy, Hear our prayer.
We remember with thanksgiving the blessed saints whom you have received into your glory, especially… Guide us with them to the springs of the water of life. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God of all grace, we give you thanks because by his death our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death and by his resurrection he opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Make us certain that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Remembering our Loved Ones
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
We have received life because Jesus has overcome death, now we remember those members of our congregation who have gone ahead and are caught up in his eternal light and life:
Brenda Killian Camp (chime)
Mildred Wilson Hall Salley (chime)
Robert Henry Welch (chime)
Virginia Ruth Adams Killian (chime)
Edith Mae Crocker (chime)
Bois Deitz Crocker (chime)
Catherine Andrews Adams (chime)
Martha “Sunny” Little Price (chime)
Sarah Anne Hollar Lyerly (chime)
Leigh Ashley Thompson (chime)
Mary Kelly Wright (chime)
Morris Russell Hoover (chime)
Annie Jane Wood Everhart (chime)
THANKS FOR GIVING!
Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
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 glory forever and ever. Amen.
Announcements & Opportunities to Love and Serve
When you were baptized into Christ Jesus, you were baptized into his death. Therefore you were buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, you too might walk in newness of life. For since you have been united with him in a death like his, you shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Amen.
Our mission is: Believe. Belong. Serve. God’s work. Our hands.
Go in peace, serve the Lord. Thanks be to God!