November 1 All Saints Day
All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. We “gather” with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.
GATHERING SONG “For All the Saints” ELW #422
CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, in whose image we are made, who claims us and calls us beloved. Amen.
Silence is kept for reflection.
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.
HYMN OF PRAISE "Holy, Holy, Holy" ELW #413
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Let us pray. 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.
FIRST READING: Revelation 7:9–17
After 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. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And 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, singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" I 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. For 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. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for 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.
I will bless the LORD at all times; the praise of God shall ever be in my mouth.
I will glory in the LORD; let the lowly hear and rejoice.
Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; let us exalt God's name together.
I sought the LORD, who answered me and delivered me from all my terrors.
Look upon the LORD and be radiant, and let not your faces be ashamed.
I called in my affliction, and the LORD heard me and saved me from all my troubles.
Taste and see that the LORD is good; happy are they who take refuge in God!
Fear the LORD, you saints of the LORD, for those who fear the LORD lack nothing.
The lions are in want and suffer hunger, but those who seek the LORD lack nothing that is good.
O 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
See 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. Beloved, 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. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL: Matthew 5:1–12
The holy gospel according to Saint Matthew, Glory to you, O Lord.
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
SERMON “The Sainthood of All Believers” Pastor Phil Wold
HYMN OF THE DAY "Jesus Loves Me" ELW #595
THE NICENE CREED
In infinite mercy God watched over the people of Israel. In unending love God sent his Son to be our Savior. God delivered us from sin through the waters of Baptism. With joy we proclaim in words and action the faith which makes us God’s own people. . .
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.
THE PEACE IS SHARED
The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.
(May we join the Church throughout the world, praying for God’s peace and justice to prevail.)
ALL SAINTS PRAYER and PRAYER HYMN "Will You Come and Follow Me" The Summons ELW #798
On the day of All Saints, we remember with thanksgiving the members of our church and loved ones who have died during this past year since last All Saints:
Ellen Nelson, mother of Nels III, Brad and Brett
Christine Hench, mother in-law of Daniel Rudisel (Rudy Rudisel’s son)
Roy Tunby, father of Maureen Tunby
Bob Barnes, brother of Tim Barnes
Wayne Wardell, father of Morgan Wardell
Dean Tronson, brother-in-law of Narleen Engel
Don Wold, uncle of Pastor Phil Wold
Bill McKinley, husband of Betty McKinley
John Siebert, husband of Deloris, father of Colleen Hornay
Fred Niethammer, father of Tom Niethammer
Genella Haugen, family and friends
LaVern Rogers, mother of Donna Horn
Cindy Duncan, daughter of Bob and Willa Duncan
Deanna Brenden, family and friends
Josh Jackson, brother of Trevor Jackson
Wilma Deeds, mother of Lynn Deeds
Harvey Miller, husband of Sylvia, father of Yvonne Cross and Dwight Miller
John Milne, uncle of Rob Milne
In our prayers, we ask that God would grant them eternal rest and that we would be kept in communion with all the saints until we are reunited with them around the heavenly throne of God and the Lamb.
Let us pray.
O God, the generations rise and pass away before you. You are the strength of those who labor; you are the rest of the blessed dead. We rejoice in the company of your saints. We remember all who have lived in faith, all who have peacefully died, and especially those most dear to us who rest in you, whose names we remember before you now. (You may offer names of other friends or relatives who have died.) Give us in time our portion with those who have trusted in you and have striven to do your holy will. To your name, with the Church on earth and the Church in heaven, we ascribe all honor and glory, now and forever. C. Amen
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
May the One who brought forth Jesus from the dead raise you to new life, fill you with hope, and turn your mourning into dancing. Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.
SENDING SONG "All Creatures of Our God and King" ELW #835
Go in peace. Welcome the stranger. Thanks be to God.