November 1 Worship
All Saints Sunday
Let the saints sing for joy.
We are children of the living God.
We will see God face to face.
WELCOME and CALL TO WORSHIP
As we gather, we remember that we are not alone!
We gather with the saints, who live in the presence of God, singing praises to the God of our salvation.
From every nation, race, clan and culture, God’s people gather to worship the One-Who-Is-Without-Peer!
To God and to the Lamb, all honor, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, strength and power.
Blessed be God, now and forever!
OPENING HYMN No.612
We Praise You, O God
(Because the singing of hymns is discouraged during this period of pandemic, you are invited to meditate on the hymn below.)
We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;
in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.
We lay it before you; we kneel and adore you;
we bless your holy name; glad praises we sing.
We worship you, God of our fathers and mothers;
through trial and tempest our guide you have been.
When perils o’ertake us, you will not forsake us,
and with your help, O Lord, our struggles we win.
With voices united our praises we offer
and gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.
With you, Lord, beside us, your strong arm will guide us.
To you, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!
CALL TO PRAYERS
The words we just sang suggest that we might bring our best to serve God’s cause and share God’s love. To that end, let us pray.
PRAYERS OF CONFESSION & INTERCESSION
Lord Jesus, you came to serve.
As you came to a blind man and gave him sight,
come to us in our darkness
and show us the things we cannot see.
As you came to a man tormented in his mind
and gave him peace and healing,
come to us in our tensions and make us whole.
Lord Jesus, you came to serve
and you call us to serve.
O God, in our blindness, amidst the tensions of our world,
whom have we failed to serve?
Whom have we ignored?
Endless questions from a child or uninvited advice from an elder?
People from a different culture or someone speaking a different language?
We don’t expect the words from heaven to come from these mouths. We have closed our hearts. Open our minds.
ASSURANCE OF GOD WITH US
The God who challenges us is also the God who encourages us.
The God who confronts us is also the God who accepts us. It is true - God is with us even now, accepting, guiding and forgiving.
SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST
May the long faithfulness of God’s love meet you this day and give you peace.
The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
And also with you.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Living God, help us to hear your word with open hearts that we may truly understand; and as we understand, may we believe. And as we believe, may we follow you in all we do. Amen.
SERMON Beyond the Veil
Rev. Kathryn R. Mustaro
CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
May the God of all hope be with you.
And also with you.
Lift your hearts to the One who comes to feast with you.
We offer our hearts to God who is in our midst.
Children of God, sing praises to the One
who feeds you with goodness and hope.
Our hearts and voices resound with joy.
The Words of Institution
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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Prayer following Communion
Gracious God, you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. You have fed us with the bread of life, and renewed us for your service. Help us, who have shared Christ’s body and received his cup, to be his faithful disciples so that our daily living may be part of the life of your kingdom, and our love be your love reaching out into the life of the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
OUR GIFTS OF SACRIFICE and THANKSGIVING
As the Church, we are called to serve. Our service begins by offering our lives to Christ, and continues through the gifts we give, that the Church may continue to witness to the word of God.
Thank you for sending your offerings. They make a great difference to our church’s work in the world.
First Sunday loose plate offering benefits the Deacons Fund.
Prayer of Dedication and Litany of Remembrance
As we offer our gifts, our hearts, our lives to you, O God of ages, we praise you for all your servants who have done justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly with their God. For apostles and martyrs and saints of every time and place, who in life and death have witnessed to your truth,
We praise you, O God.
For those no longer remembered,
who earnestly sought you in darkness,
who held fast their faith in trial and served others,
We praise you, O God.
For all those we have known and loved, and especially for those members of Grace Presbyterian Church who have, in the year just past, finished their race and are now at rest with you, especially our dear sister Peggy Levinski and brothers Ed Sawyer, Manfred Putzer and David Carey, as well as loved ones we remember and lift up to you now . . .
Tolling of the Bell
We praise you, O God. Keep us grateful for their witness and eager to follow in the way of Christ.
Then, at the last, bring us with them to share the inheritance of the saints in light; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
We Are Sent
CLOSING HYMN No.712
As Those of Old Their First Fruits Brought
(You are invited to meditate on the hymn below.)
As those of old their firstfruits brought
of vineyard, flock, and field
to God, the giver of all good,
the source of bounteous yield,
so we today our firstfruits bring,
the wealth of this good land:
of farm and market, shop and home,
of mind and heart and hand.
A world in need now summons us
to labor, love, and give,
to make our life an offering
that all may truly live.
The church of Christ is calling us
to make the dream come true:
a world redeemed by Christ-like love,
all life in Christ made new.
In gratitude and humble trust
we bring our best today,
to serve your cause and share your love
with all along life’s way.
O God who gave yourself to us
in Jesus Christ your Son,
help us to give ourselves each day
until life's work is done.
All songs not in the public domain are used by permission of CCLI #1124594.