Happy All Saints!
Thank you to all who joined for our prelude, shared names of saints and participated in Sunday School after church. It was a great morning at First!
Pastor Chris Lee
John Christian Frederick Heyer, died 1873; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, died 1719; Ludwig Nommensen, died 1918; missionaries
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Heyer was the first missionary sent out by American Lutherans. After teaching at Gettysburg College and Seminary he was assigned to the Andhra region of India. A worker among the Tamil people on the southeast coast of India, Ziegenbalg was opposed both by local Hindus and by Danish authorities who favored a different missionary style. He was known for caring about the welfare of the whole person. Nommensen was born in northern Germany and was sent to Sumatra as a Lutheran missionary. Working among the Batak people, he translated the scriptures into their language, and honored their native culture.
Order of Worship for Sunday, November 7, 2021:
Prelude: “A Song For All Saints,” – arr. Sprunger. Family Choir
Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come.
Confession and Forgiveness
In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Have mercy on us, O God.
We confess that we have sinned against you and against our neighbor. We have built walls instead of tables and have turned away the stranger. We have sought glory for ourselves and have treasured that which does not satisfy. Help us to love as you love, to welcome those you send, and to treasure mercy and justice. Turn us from our ways to your ways, and free us to serve those in need. Amen.
God, who makes all things new, forgives your sins for ☩ Jesus’ sake and remembers them no more. Lift up your heads and your hearts. Yours is the kingdom of God.
Opening Hymn: ELW 873- “Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!” all 6 verses.
Prayer of the Day
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.
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
Isaiah sees a vision of the end of days, when God will gather all people on God’s holy mountain and will prepare for them a rich feast. At this banquet God will wipe the tears from all eyes. And there will be no more sorrow, for God will destroy death itself.
6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Second Reading: Revelation 21:1-6a
Here is a vision of the new heaven and new earth in which God resides fully with God’s people so that mourning, despair, and pain have been eradicated. These renewing words from the God who spans all of time are trustworthy and true.
1I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
5And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6aThen he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”
Gospel: John 11:32-44
Through the raising of Lazarus, Jesus offers the world a vision of the life to come, when death and weeping will be no more.
32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
38Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 428- “Give Thanks for Saints,” all 4 verses.
Prayers of Intercession
Eternal God, you hold firm amid the changes of this world. Hear us now as we pray for the church, the world, and everyone in need.
Merciful God, we give thanks for all missionaries who have brought your message of hope to new communities and wiped tears away especially John Christian Frederick Heyer, Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, Ludwig Nommensen whom we commemorate today. Continue to raise up courageous missionaries to share your gospel of hope. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
Creating God, we praise you for abundant harvests and the goodness of creation. Create communities of care for your earth so that all land, water, and soil will be celebrated and cherished by future generations of saints. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of peace, we give you thanks for nations of peace that serve as a refuge for all whose homelands are afflicted with violence. Strengthen those who continue to work for peace and support all veterans who carry the scars of war. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of healing, we give you thanks for health care workers who labor around the clock to answer cries for help. Bring wholeness to all who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, addiction, and all who long for healing in any way especially Nan Hibbs; Britta Maddox; Rose Reasor; Everett Noah; Libby Hofsas; Noah Stoutt; Bonnie Sellers; Shelley Collis; Barbara Witt; Barb Martin; Deb Schafer; Alivia DeWitt; Bill and Virginia Thorpe; Richard Hotchkiss; Marijane Cook; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert; Bill Bailey; Brenda Baker and all those we name before you aloud or in our hearts. Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of justice, we praise you for the feeding ministries and for all meals that bring people together for nourishment and fellowship. Bless chefs, bakers, servers, dishwashers, communion assistants, and meal ministry coordinators. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God of the ages, we give you thanks for the saints of this congregation who have inspired, challenged, loved, and taught us (those who have died during the past year are named). Wipe away our tears and lead us by their example until we feast together on your holy mountain. Hear us, O God.
Your mercy is great.
God our protection and strength, we entrust to you all for whom we pray. Remain with us always, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.
The Lord’s Prayer
Communion: ELW 425- “Behold the Host Arrayed in White.”
Communion: ELW 423- “Shall We Gather at the River.”
Prayer after Communion
Blessed Jesus, at this table, you have been for us both host and meal. Now send us forth to extend our tables and to share your gifts until that day when all feast together at your heavenly banquet.
God, the beginning and the end, who has written your name in the book of life, ☩ bless and keep you in grace and peace from this time forth and forevermore.
Sending Hymn: ELW 422- “For All the Saints,” all 7 verses.
Led on by the saints before us, go in peace to serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude: “For All the Saints,” – arr. Held
ALL SAINTS NAMES OF REMEMBRANCE
Dylan J. McCalester
And those named aloud during worship service
Facebook link to worship service for All Saints Day
Image credits: All Saints santoninodecebubasilica.org and Autumn Tree at the Parish House, Therese Guise
“A Song For All Saints.” Arr. David Sprunger. Words: Karen Sebesta. Music: Donald Sebesta. Fred Bock Music Company. Distributed by Antara Music Group, Alexandria, Indiana, 46001. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained.
“Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!” Text: Edward H. Plumptre, 1821 – 1891, alt.. Music: Arthur H. Messiter, 1834 – 1916. Public domain.
“Give Thanks for Saints.” Text: Martin E. Leckebusch, b. 1962. Music: C. Hubert H. Parry, 1848 – 1918. Text copyright 2003 Kevin Mayhew, Ltd.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Behold the Host Arrayed in White.” Text: Hans A. Brorson, 1694 – 1764; tr. Gracia Grindal, b. 1943, alt. Music: Norwegian folk tune, 17th cent.; arr. Edvard H. Grieg, 1843 – 1907. Text copyright 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Shall We Gather at the River.” Text: Robert Lowry, 1826 – 1899. Music: Robert Lowry. Public domain.
“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 and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“For All the Saints.” Arr. Wilbur Held. Organ Music for Funerals and Memorials– 2 vols. Music copyright 1986 Augsburg Fortress Publishers. (One License #AF20211100) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
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