November 12, 2018

A Prayer Liturgy for All Saints

St. George Lutheran Church, Edinburgh IN

A Prayer Liturgy for All Saints

This is the prayer liturgy I put together that we will be praying for All Saints in worship today. May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure this Lord’s Day.

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As those who believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting, let us pray for God’s family and the world in which we live…

God our Life, we thank you that, because Jesus died and rose again, all God’s people are assured of being with Christ himself in a glorious restful existence until the day of resurrection when all is renewed, when heaven and earth at last become one, and we are given new bodies to live and love, celebrate and serve in God’s new creation.

May we live in faith, trusting in the One who gave us life, both now and forever.
May we live in hope, looking forward to the life of the age to come.
May we live in love, laying down our lives that others may live also.

God our Shepherd, walk with us through the valley of death’s dark shadow. Put your arms around us, dry our tears, reassure us that you are with us to sustain us, and may we hear your reassuring promise that nothing – not even death itself – can ever separate us from your love.

May we live in faith, trusting in the One who gave us life, both now and forever.
May we live in hope, looking forward to the life of the age to come.
May we live in love, laying down our lives that others may live also.

At this time, we invite you to come forward and light a candle for a loved one who has died. Light as many as you wish. As you place the candle in the sand, speak their name aloud, so that we all may pray silently for them and you.

Trusting in your great and precious promises, we pray for these, your saints.

May the faithful departed, through God’s mercy, rest in peace and rise in glory.

God our Faithful Friend, walk with us as we continue our journey through this life. May we trust in your presence, know the power and fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives, bear one another’s burdens, rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Today, we especially pray for…

May we live in faith, trusting in the One who gave us life, both now and forever.
May we live in hope, looking forward to the life of the age to come.
May we live in love, laying down our lives that others may live also.

All these things we pray, that your name might be honored, your Kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Amen and amen.

Comments

  1. Susan Dumbrell says:

    Such a day.

    May All Saints and All Souls rest in peace waiting the resurrection.
    Many bunches of Spring blooms, mainly roses at Church.
    There was a table for the bunches of flowers with candles beside them.
    My 12 roses shone and were full of perfume, better than incense, maybe.
    We had so many flowers for All Souls. Wonderful.

    I then took my blessed flowers to John at the nursing home.
    The Priest is coming to anoint John and bless us next Tuesday.

    We also had an adult Baptism today. Beautiful Rebecca was Baptised today.
    She will be Confirmed in a couple of weeks by our Bishop.
    I am so pleased. Bec is a beautiful woman in her thirties. Her husband was there by her side with her sponsors.
    Many of her family there to support her and her decision.
    She and her husband are regular worshipers.

    (Her only instruction to our Priest, “Don’t muck the hair!”) This so typically Bec.
    Hair pulled back, water poured and all was well and she was as radiant as a Bride.
    What joy.
    May she and her husband be blessed.

    Susan

    • Susan, Thank you for these beautiful pictures of God’s grace. May you and your husband experience that grace next Tuesday.

    • Heather Angus says:

      Thank you, Siusan, for your offering of springtime in our late fall. Bless you and John.

  2. johnbarry says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, Thank you for sharing .

  3. This is a very moving and meaningful litany. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Ronald Avra says:

    Thanks. Good and appropriate Sunday read.

  5. David Cornwell says:

    I was so moved by this prayer. Thank you. The older I become day by day, the more losses I experience and the pain and grief they bring, then the more assurance and comfort these prayers hold for me. Life’s pain can become an accumulation that weighs down, grief that begins in the pit of the gut, and holds one’s body in its grip.

    Thank you for the hope that prayer brings for as we give voice to it so it shall be.

    • David,

      I was just thinking of you this morning and have missed reading your comments. I’m glad to see you here.

      We all need more prayer. Thanks to you and Mike for the reminder.

      Ted

      • David Cornwell says:

        Thanks so much Ted. I had to move Marge to a nursing home two weeks ago because I reached the point that I couldn’t take care of her any longer. She has Parkinson’s that has progressed, slowly I guess, but surely. It affects her mobility and she has some dementia. In many ways her basic personality has remained unaffected. I still see and hear the same Marge. I was able to discuss this change with her and we both reached the same conclusions.

        I tried to get in-home assistance and we qualified for it. But workers ended up not being able to keep their commitments because of their own problems. Our little town doesn’t have the available labor pool in this category of help.

        After 56 years it has been very difficult. We both cried together the morning I moved her.

        There are upsides of course. I’ll have more time to do some different things. Marge will get better and more consistent care. Yesterday I spent the entire day with one of my daughters. We did some things together — time well spent and the most fun I’ve had for a couple of years. It takes time to unwind and get rid of built up stress.

        I’ve missed being here and hope to spend more time reading the posts and commenting.

        • Formerly From Wilmore says:

          David, you and Marge have been on my weekly prayer list for a long time, and continue to be. May God’s love and peace be with both of you and with your family.

        • Susan Dumbrell says:

          David, I will keep you in my prayers.
          It is a hard road.