1 November 2020: The Festival of All Saints

I am saddened that weather has again prevented us from worshiping together in person. Even so, I pray this service finds you well. There are some important announcements included below, so please read to the end. The names we received for remembrance are read today during the following prayer: Lord of every time, countless are the multitudes you have called by name and gathered to yourself. Comfort us as we grieve those who have died in the past year:


Rhoda J. Anderson; Rodney K. Anderson; Steve Arnold; Jeanette
Carlson; Glen Caskey; Kay Chase; Vera Cook; Roger Dennison;
Cole Elliott; Brian Fischer; Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Garner; Gilbert
Lawson; Rose Lawson; Cathy McGill; Jack Myers; Marjorie Eloise Olson;
Donald Rench; Leola Simmons; Barbara Smith; Rob Tolmie; Joyce T.
VanAusdall; Linda VanLandegan; Earl “Buck” Wendt; Betty Westensee;
Bernice “Bunny” Wille; Patrick Wille; Luella Zanetello, and Kathy (Thorpe) Fourdyce.
In faith, may we join with them in ceaseless praise.

Grace and Peace, Pastor Chris Lee

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Gospel Animals A reminder that the reservation deadline for Gospel Animals DVD/ Meal is today Sunday, November 1st. Pickup for the Gospel Animals DVD/ Meal will be Saturday, November 21st from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Upcoming Survey
A survey is being prepared to send to the congregation to help determine
how we proceed with worship through the winter months. Look for it in
your mail in the next week or so. Please make an effort to respond so
that your opinion can help determine how we move forward with worship
as a congregation.
Election-Season Prayer Service
A recorded prayer service will be available for you to access on Sunday
Afternoon. It is both my conviction and part of our baptismal promises
(live with them among God’s faithful people, care for others and the
world God made, and work for justice and peace) to pray for our leadership
and be involved in the civil affairs of our country. As you prayerfully
consider your vote and voice in our civil affairs, or even if you have
already voted, we offer you this opportunity to surround our leaders, the
election, election workers and the general welfare of our nation with
prayer and God’s abounding love. It will be available through Facebook,
email and our website.
Congregational Budget Meeting
Our annual fall congregational meeting to approve the budget will be
Nov 22 with a rain/postponement date of Nov 29. The meeting will be in
person, outdoors if possible and will likely include an option to join electronically via Zoom or another platform. If necessary, we will meet in the sanctuary in smaller groups to facilitate safety and participation. You will receive shortly your copy of the 2021 Annual budget for your review. Please look over it carefully and come prepared with any questions. If you
would like to ask a question in advance or need clarification, please
contact Mike McCalester.

Order of Worship for the Festival of All Saints, November 1, 2020

Prelude: “The Beatitudes,” by Avery and Marsh. Vocalists: Brittany and Miriam Anderson, and Pam Edwards. Pam Edwards, pianist.

Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved. Amen.

Holy One,

we confess that we are not awake for you. We are not faithful in using your gifts. We forget the least of our siblings. We do not see your beautiful image in one another. We are infected by sin that divides your beloved community. Open our hearts to your coming, open our eyes to see you in our neighbor, open our hands to serve your creation. Amen.

Beloved, we are God’s children, and Jesus, our Beloved, opens the door to us. Through ☩ Jesus you are forgiven, by Jesus you are welcome, in Jesus you are called to rejoice! Let us live in the promises prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Amen.

Opening Hymn: ELW 424 – “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones,” verses 1, 3, & 4

First Reading: Revelation 7:9-17

The book of Revelation is written to seven churches in western Asia Minor during a time of great oppression. Today’s reading is a response to the question asked in 6:17: “Who is able to stand?” The writer gives the faithful the assurance of God’s protection and a vision of victory.

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.”

Psalm: Psalm 34:1-10, 22

1I will bless the Lord at all times;
  the praise of God shall ever be in my mouth.
2I will glory in the Lord;
  let the lowly hear and rejoice. 
3Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord;
  let us exalt God’s name together.
4I sought the Lord, who answered me
  and delivered me from all my terrors.
5Look upon the Lord and be radiant,
  and let not your faces be ashamed.
6I called in my affliction, and the Lord heard me
  and saved me from all my troubles.
7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear the Lord
  and delivers them.
8Taste and see that the Lord is good;
  happy are they who take refuge in God!
9Fear the Lord, you saints of the Lord,
  for those who fear the Lord lack nothing.
10The lions are in want and suffer hunger,
  but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
22O Lord, you redeem the life of your servants,
  and those who put their trust in you will not be punished.

Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-3

A saint is one who has been set apart by God for God’s purposes. God, out of divine love, set us apart to be the children of God. Our holy hope is that we shall see God as God really is.

1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 3And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

In the Beatitudes, Jesus provides a unique description of those who are blessed with God’s favor. His teaching is surprising and shocking to those who seek wealth, fame, and control over others.

1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee

Hymn of the Day: ELW 877- “Praise the Almighty!” verses 1, 2, & 4.

Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,* who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession

Longing for Christ’s reign to come among us, we pray for the outpouring of God’s power on the church, the world, and all in need.

Lord of all the saints, we praise you for evangelists and martyrs whose sacrifices witness to your gospel across time and space. Inspire us by their courage to carry our faith to new people and places around us. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of every place, the universe proclaims your greatness from generation to generation. Bless the work of naturalists, conservationists, and park rangers who train our attention to the wonders of the world you have made. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of every nation, guide this country—red states, blue states, and purple states, rural voters and urban voters, young and old—as we share in another national election. Kindle hearts eager to understand our common needs and seek our common good. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of every blessing, your Son’s blessing came to those living with poverty, grief, hunger, thirst, and persecution. Shape our vision of the saints to match his own. Awaken in us your call to serve all who suffer. Especially this day we pray for Jeanna LaRue, Louise Larson, Karen Bemowski, and Dan Wolever. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of every venture, anoint us with the missionary spirit of the early church. Bless all missions of our synod. Empower testimony from all communities of faith to shape a diverse witness to your saving power. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Lord of every time, countless are the multitudes you have called by name and gathered to yourself. Comfort us as we grieve those who have died in the past year: Rhoda J. Anderson; Rodney K. Anderson; Steve Arnold; Jeanette Carlson; Glen Caskey; Kay Chase; Vera Cook; Roger Dennison;
Cole Elliott; Brian Fischer; Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Garner; Gilbert
Lawson; Rose Lawson; Cathy McGill; Jack Myers; Marjorie Eloise Olson;
Donald Rench; Leola Simmons; Barbara Smith; Rob Tolmie; Joyce T.
VanAusdall; Linda VanLandegan; Earl “Buck” Wendt; Betty Westensee;
Bernice “Bunny” Wille; Patrick Wille; Luella Zanetello, and Kathy (Thorpe) Fourdyce. In faith, may we join with them in ceaseless praise. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Receive our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, until that day when you gather all creation around your throne where you will reign forever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Offering Prayer

God of all goodness, generations have turned to you, gathered around your table, and shared your abundant blessings. Number us among them that, as we gather these gifts from your abundance, and give thanks for your rich blessings, we may feast upon your very self and care for all that you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign and Servant. Amen.

Invitation to Communion

There is a place for you at the banquet. Come and feast at Jesus’ table.

Communion Hymn: ELW 493, “Taste and See,” refrain.

Prayer after Communion

Lord Jesus, in this simple meal you have set a banquet. Sustain us on the journey, strengthen us to care for the least of your beloved children, and give us glad and generous hearts as we meet you on the way. Amen.

Blessing

May the God of all creation, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved, who strengthens us for service, give you reason to rejoice and be glad! The blessing of God, Sovereign, ☩ Savior, and Spirit, be with you today and always. Amen.

Sending Hymn: TFF 180- “Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In,” Spiritual, arr. Rickard, all 6 verses.

Dismissal

Beloved of God, go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Postlude: ELW 422 – “For All the Saints.”

Musicians: Pam Edwards, pianist / Music Director; Brittany and Miriam Anderson, vocalists; and Mike McCalester, bell ringer.

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Music credits:

“The Beatitudes,” by Avery and Marsh. Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones.” Text: J. Athelstan Riley, 1858 -1945. Music: Geistliche Kirchengesange, Koln, 1623. Text copyright Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Praise the Almighty!” Text: Johann D. Herrnschmidt, 1675 – 1723; tr. hymnal version. Music: Neuvermehrtes Christlich Seelenharpf, Ansbach, 1665. Text copyright 2006 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Taste and See.” Text: James E. Moore Jr., b. 1951, based on Ps. 34. Music: James E. Moore Jr.. Text and music copyright 1983 GIA Publications, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In,” Spiritual, arr. Rickard. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

“For All the Saints.” Text: William W. How, 1823 – 1897. Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872 – 1958. Music copyright Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.

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