November 1, 2025 – All Saints’ Day

Lectionary Readings   -   Gathering   -  Word  -   Eucharist   -   Sending   -   Music and Art

Lectionary Readings

Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18
The holy ones will receive God’s kingdom and possess it forever. 

Psalm 149
Praise the Lord in the assembly of the faithful; rejoice in God’s glory.

Ephesians 1:11–23
In Christ we have received a glorious inheritance among the saints.

Luke 6:20–31
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  

— Gathering —

Opening Sentences

In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, 
having been destined according to the purpose 
of the one who accomplishes all things
according to his counsel and will.
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song; 
sing praise in the assembly of the faithful. 

So that we, who were the first 
to set our hope on Christ, 
might live for the praise of his glory. 
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song; 
sing praise in the assembly of the faithful. 

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;
he adorns the humble with victory.
Let the faithful exult in glory; 
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song; 
sing praise in the assembly of the faithful. 

The holy ones of the Most High 
shall receive the kingdom 
and possess it forever, forever and ever. 
Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song; 
sing praise in the assembly of the faithful. 

Prayer of the Day

Father of glory, Lord Jesus Christ, Sanctifying Spirit,
grant us a spirit of wisdom and revelation 
so we may come to know you 
and the inheritance we have in you:
redemption as God’s own people, 
to God’s praise and glory. 
With the eyes of our hearts enlightened, 
may we know the hope to which God has called us
and the riches of God’s glorious inheritance 
among the saints,
in whose joyful company 
we hope one day to take our place. Amen. 

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Thanksgiving For Baptism

At the baptismal font:
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
O Lord our God, we give you thanks
for the hope and longing you instill in us
through the promise of our baptism—
a voice crying out in the wilderness,
a messenger to prepare the way,
the day of redemption drawing near.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
poured out upon us in baptism,
keep us awake and make us ready
for the coming of your glorious realm
of righteousness, justice, and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Confession and Pardon

At the baptismal font:
The redeeming love of God in Jesus Christ
extends from generation to generation,
keeping us in life and in death and in life everlasting.
Together, let us seek God’s forgiveness.

God of the ages,
as we remember the saints
who have gone before us,
we are grateful for their witness
and humbled by their example.
Though they have marked well
the path of faith,
following in that way is hard for us.
We drift and waver.
We resist and rebel.
Remind us that the saints before us
were not perfect,
just forgiven,
and saved by grace.
We ask for that forgiveness,
and we pray for the courage
to trust in that grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lifting water from the font:
The hope to which we are called
is the glorious inheritance of all the saints,
the immeasurable greatness of God’s power
for us who believe.
This is good news!
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

— Word —

Prayer for Illumination

At the lectern or pulpit:
Holy God, our hope and strength,
by the power of your Spirit
prepare the way in our hearts
for the coming of your Word,
so that we may see the glorious signs
of your promise fulfilled;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Before the readings:
Sacred writings, our instruction in salvation 
through faith in Jesus Christ. 
2 Timothy 3:15

After the readings: 
The words of Scripture, inspired by God. 
Thanks be to God.
2 Timothy 3:16


Ascription of Praise

After the sermon:
Blessed be the Lord our God. Amen.
Luke 1:68

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song

Affirmation of Faith

Out of Israel, God in due time raised up Jesus.
His faith and obedience were the response
of the perfect child of God.
He was the fulfillment
of God’s promise to Israel,
the beginning of the new creation,
and the pioneer of the new humanity.
He gave history its meaning and direction
and called the church to be his servant
for the reconciliation of the world.
Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.19

Prayers of Intercession

Trusting in the power of God to deliver us,

let us make our prayers of intercession for all,

saying: God our Savior, hear our prayer.  


We pray for the church . . .

Bless those who are despised

because of their faithfulness to the gospel.

Let their reward be great in heaven.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for the world . . .

Bless those who are hungry

because we fail to share your bounty.

Let them be filled with good things.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for this community . . .

Bless those who are poor

and living in the streets.

Let them receive your kingdom. 

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


We pray for loved ones . . .

Bless those who are weeping

in their sickness or sorrow.

Let them laugh with joy again.

God our Savior, hear our prayer.


Merciful and mighty God, as you are one,

make us one with you through Jesus Christ,

whom you have sent to redeem us,

and in whose holy name we pray. Amen.

— Eucharist —

Invitation to Offering

At the communion table:
All things in heaven and earth belong to God,
who is coming in glory to reveal a new creation.
Let us offer our lives to the Lord.
2 Peter 3:8–15

Prayer of Dedication

At the communion table:
Eternal God,
as we wait for the fulfillment of your reign,
use these gifts and the gifts of our lives
to bring justice to those who are oppressed,
to set free those who are in prison,
to lift up those who are bowed down,
and to uphold those who are vulnerable. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God:
You are the ancient and eternal Lord,
reigning in glory over all the earth,
calling the faithful to dwell with you forever.

Therefore we praise you, joining the song
of the universal church and the heavenly choir:
A Sanctus (“Holy, holy, holy”) is sung.

Blessed is Jesus Christ, our Savior:
Jesus came to show the way of your realm.
He teaches us to love our enemies
and to bless those who curse us.

The words of institution are included here.

Remembering your goodness and grace,
we offer ourselves to you with gratitude
as we share this joyful feast.
A Memorial Acclamation
(e.g., “Christ has died”) is sung.

Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and cup;
make us one in the body and blood
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Give us your Spirit of wisdom and truth,
so that we may know the power of the gospel
and receive an inheritance among the saints.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ,
in the unity of the Spirit,
we bless you, God of glory,
now and forever.
An Amen is sung.

Lord’s Prayer


Breaking the Bread


Communion of the People


Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Prayer after Communion

At the communion table:
God our hope, we give you thanks
that you have given us this foretaste
of the justice, righteousness, and peace
of your promised new creation.
Strengthen us with this heavenly food
as we seek to serve your holy realm.
Lead us to live in joyful expectation
of the coming again in glory
of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

— Sending —

Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song


Blessing and Charge

At the doors of the church:
The Lord bless and keep
your going out
and your coming in
from this time on
and forevermore. Alleluia!
Psalm 121:8

Proclaim the message,
be persistent in prayer,
do the work of the gospel,
and carry out the ministry
of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:2, 5; Luke 18:1

Symbol of the Gospel of Luke

Stained Glass, Corning, Ohio

Additional Materials

Congregational Song


  • Give Thanks for Those Whose Faith Is Firm (O) REPTON GTG 731

  • Give Praise to the Lord (P) LAUDATE DOMINUM GTG 550

  • Holy God, We Praise Your Name (E) GROSSER GOTT, WIR LOBEN DICH GTG 4


  • Heaven Shall Not Wait (G) HEAVEN SHALL NOT WAIT GTG 773

  • I Sing a Song of the Saints of God (E) GRAND ISLE GTG 730

  • For All the Saints (P) SINE NOMINE GTG 326


  • Feed Us, Lord (E) FEED US GTG 501

  • Come, Behold! The Feast of Heaven (G) LLANFAIR GTG 511

  • Let Us Break Bread Together (P) LET US BREAK BREAD GTG 525


  • Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart! (O) MARION GTG 804

  • Shall We Gather at the River (P) HANSON PLACE GTG 375

  • At the Name of Jesus (G) KING’S WESTON GTG 264

Psalms and Canticles

Psalm 149

  • Give Praise to the Lord (Our God) [LAUDATE DOMINUM]; GTG 550, PH 257, PAS 149B,
    LUYH 566

  • Praise the Lord, New Songs Employ [ with Alleluias]; PCW 149

  • O Praise the Lord; Sing unto God [CMD]; SGP 219


  • Holy God, We Praise Your Name [GROSSER GOTT]; PAS 149A

  • Alleluia! Sing to the Lord; PSA 156

  • Sing to the Lord a New Song [MIT FREUDEN ZART]; HTP2 185

Organ Music

  • “Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten,” BWV 642, J. S. Bach, (MA)

  • “Choral Prelude for Organ on ‘Holy God, We Praise Thy Name,’” Hans-André Stamm, SMP (M)

  • CRUCIFER,” Wondrous Love, Craig Phillips, FB (ME)

Piano Music

  • “Down to the River / Shall We Gather at the River?” DOWN TO THE RIVER / HANSON PLACE, Spirituals We Love, Pepper Choplin, LOR (MA)

  • “For All the Saints,” SINE NOMINE, 60 Easy Hymn Settings for Piano, Joel Raney, HOPE (M)

  • “For the Saints,” FOREST GREEN / HANSON PLACE / SINE NOMINE, Prayludes for Autumn, Ruth Elain Schram, LOR (M)

Anthems for Adult Choirs

  • “Holy Is the True Light,” Robert Bertson, OCP, SSAATTBB, acap (A)

  • “Shall We Gather at the River?” Sarah Rimkus, Musicspoke, SATB, soloists (MA)

  • “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal,” Alice Parker, Lawson-Gould, SATB, acap (M)

  • “Come, Ye Saints,” John Purifoy, SHAW, SATB, keybd (ME)

  • “For All the Saints,” John A. Behnke, CON, SATB, org, hb, cong, timp, brass qrt (ME)

Vocal Solos

  • “The Beatitudes,” Albert Hay Malotte, GSH, low (ME)

  • “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Mark Hayes, LOR, medium (M)

  • “Come Down Angels,” Art Songs and Spirituals by African American Women Composers, Undine Smith Moore, Hildegard Publishing, high (A)

  • “At the River,” Old American Songs, Aaron Copland, BH, low/medium/high (E)

  • “I Can Only Imagine,” Bart Millard, (M)


  • Daniel’s Vision, Luigi Sabatelli I, 1809 (PD)

  • All Saints Day 1, Wassily Kandinsky, 1911 (PD)

  • Daniel, John August Swanson, 2000 (VDL)

  • Peaceable Kingdom, Rick and Brenda Beerhorst, 2011 (VDL)

  • Banner Keep Dancing, Wayne Forte, 2016 (EYE)

  • Luke 6:27, Timothy Botts, 2016 (EYE)