Order of Worship Service—All Saints Sunday
November 7, 2022 11:00 am
PRELUDE: Toccata—Pellegrino Tomeoni (1721-1816)
UNISON CALL TO RETURN TO OUR SOULS
Be alert, my people, for the grace of the Living God! The Light Of The World starting to shine within us. We can see again!The scattered and shattered places within becoming whole. Our worst wounds are being healed. The Mysterious One’s constant, liberating power. The inner light Christ is always kindling! We are a called to become a people freed by the Spirit’s power! Hallelujah! Praise God! Amen.
HYMN: For All the Saints GTG#326
CONFESSION AND COMMITMENT
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. I believe anyone can conquer fear by doing the things they fear to do. For then you begin to develop the feeling that you have something outside of yourself and greater than yourself to depend on. There never has been a time when that feeling is more needed than it is today. People in trouble need just what little children need— a sense of security, a sense of something greater than their own powers to turn to and depend on. Amen. –Eleanor Roosevelt, longest serving FLOTUS in US history
Sung Response: Jesus, We Are Here GTG#392 (1. English: Jesus We Are Here, 2. Teacher, We Are Here, 3. Jesu tawa pano)
Bible readings: Proverbs 2: 6-8 1 Corinthians 16: 1-20
Sung Response to Bible Readings: Come and Find the Quiet Center STF#2128
Message : A Message! A Mission! A Holy Kiss!
HYMN: Take My Life GTG#697
ANTHEM: Song of the Saints—Pepper Choplin
PRAYERS: Matthew 25 Prayer, Lord’s Prayer, Come, Bring Your Burdens to God GTG# 851
SOLO OFFERTORY: Allerseelen (All Souls’)— Richard Strauss; Emma WitbolsFeugen, mezzo soprano
All Souls’ Day
Set on the table the fragrant mignonettes, Bring in the last red asters, And let us talk of love again As once in May. Give me your hand to press in secret, And if people see, I do not care, Give me but one of your sweet glances As once in May. Each grave today has flowers and is fragrant, One day each year is devoted to the dead; Come to my heart and so be mine again, As once in May.
Translation -Richard Stokes
UNISON Prayer of Dedication—
O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted on us, remember the fruits we have bought, because of this suffering – our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of all of this, and when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have borne be their forgiveness.”
— The prayer of an unknown saint, found on a piece of wrapping paper in Ravensbruck concentration camp ( a camp only for women and children) ; taken from Monica Furlong’s book, Women Pray.
This is a lesser-known setting of a hymn, originally a Swedish hymn. The quote below is from the text.
Arise, my soul, arise!
Stretch forth to things eternal,
And hasten to the feet of your redeemer God.
Though hid from mortal eyes,
He dwells in light supernal;
Yet worship him in humbleness and call him Lord.