REDEEMER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
November 5, 2023
All Saint’s Day
Processional: “The Church’s One Foundation”
Invocation: Good morning and welcome for All Saint’s Day!
Living God, our Guide and Guardian,
Who sits on the throne and delivers us into eternal life, we give you thanks for the saints of every time, tribe, and tongue who now rest in the shelter of your embrace.
We set aside this moment to remember those saints who are dear and precious to us.
Call to Worship
L: On this All Saints Day, we gather to join the multitude of saints across the generations from all tribes, peoples, and languages.
P: For those who have taught us about witness and the power of love, we give thanks, O Lord.
L: We come to remember, to grieve, and to celebrate those saints who have come before, yet whose life and witness continues to teach us:
P: For all the saints, those who rest from their labors, and those who labor still, we give thanks, O Lord.
L: We gather today as the family of Christ, siblings and saints, diverse yet united by grace to live lives that declare:
P: Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb! Amen
Words of Welcome and Parish News
*Gathering Hymn: “For All the Saints” 711 UMH
The New Testament Scripture
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Romans 8: 38-39
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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.”
Choir Anthem: “God of Wonders”
The Message “Remembrance” Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.
God of all generations, as we worship today, we offer our whole selves to you, all that we have and all that we are. Like your saints who have gone before us, we pray that you will help us to be bold in our mission and in our witness.
Offertory Music: “Father We Praise Thee”
*Doxology: UMH 95
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Unison Prayer of Dedication:
As we give this morning as you have called us, may we do so with joy, not fear. We pray this in the name of Christ, who intercedes for us that we might know truth. Amen.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion UMH 15
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 kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
All Saint’s Day Prayer: Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us. Bless the memories of your saints, God.
May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love.
Living God, our Guide and Guardian,
Who sits on the throne and delivers us into eternal life,
we give you thanks for the saints of every time, tribe, and tongue
who now rest in the shelter of your embrace.
We set aside this moment to remember
Those saints who are dear and precious to us
Who have died and entered into glory.
All Saint’s Day Observance: In remembrance of those who have made their transition, a candle will be lit and the bell rung as a celebration of life.
*Closing Hymn: “Shall We Gather at the River” 723 UMH
Beloved, receive this good news: you are children of God, united as family with the saints of every tribe, nation, language, and generation. Go forth now in the company of the multitude who have put on the life of the Lamb that you may love and live after the imitation of Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Recessional Patrick Collins
(Please remain seated to meditate and reflect on the music)
“God’s Garden” by Melissa Shreve
God looked around his garden and found an empty place
He then looked down upon the Earth and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
With the help of his angels they flew you to your heavenly place
Gods garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best
He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never get well on Earth again
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills too hard to climb
He closed your weary eyelids and whispered “Peace be Thine”
It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you the day God called you home.