Sunday, November 6, 2022

The Holy Communion on All Saints Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

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November 6, 2022

All Saints Sunday



OPENING MUSIC                                          In Paradisum - Alfred V. Fedak

All We Go Down to the Dust - Greek Orthodox Service for the Departed

All we go down to the dust,

yet even at the grave we sing:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Opening Sentence from For Us the Living: A Requiem Alfred V. Fedak




WHymn              Blue WOV 689               Rejoice in God’s Saints

 For copyright reasons, the text of this hymn may not be reproduced here.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.





Almighty God, whose people are knit together in one holy Church, the body of 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 your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.                                                                                    Amen



Those who heard the word of truth and believed in Christ

were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.     Ephesians 1:13

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.


FIRST READING                                                    Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18


1In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: 2I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea, 3and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.

  15As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me. 16I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter: 17“As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth. 18But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever—forever and ever.”


The Word of the Lord.                                                            Thanks be to God.






1Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord | a new song;*

                sing his praise in the congregation | of the faithful.

2 Let Israel rejoice | in his maker;*

                let the children of Zion be joyful | in their king.

3 Let them praise his name | in the dance;*

                let them sing praise to him with tim- | brel and harp.

4 For the Lord takes pleasure | in his people*

                and adorns the | poor with victory.

5 Let the faithful | rejoice in triumph;*

                let them be joyful | on their beds.

6 Let the praises of God be | in their throat*

                and a two-edged sword | in their hand;

7 to wreak vengeance | on the nations*

                and punishment | on the peoples;

8 to bind their | kings in chains*

                and their nobles with | links of iron;

 9 to inflict on them the judg- | ment decreed;*

                this is glory for all his faithful people. | Hallelujah!         


SECOND READING                            Ephesians 1:11-23


11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.
15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  

  Thanks be to God.




Revelation 7:15                                 Setting by Walter L. Pelz             

Alleluia. They are before the throne of God, and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his presence. Alleluia.

Gospel                                                                      Luke 6:20-31


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.


20Then [Jesus] looked up at his disciples and said:
 “Blessed are you who are poor,
  for yours is the kingdom of God.
21“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
  for you will be filled.
 “Blessed are you who weep now,
  for you will laugh.
22“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.

24“But woe to you who are rich,
  for you have received your consolation.
25“Woe to you who are full now,
  for you will be hungry.
 “Woe to you who are laughing now,
  for you will mourn and weep.
26“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.”


The Gospel of the Lord.





WHYMN OF THE DAY               Green LBW 174               For All the Saints

                Choir/ St. 2, St. 5

1      For all the saints who from their labors rest,

        all who by faith before the world confessed,

        your name, O Jesus, be forever blest.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


2      You were their rock, their fortress, and their might;

        you, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;

        you, in the darkness drear, their one true light.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


3      Oh, may your soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,

        fight as the saints who nobly fought of old

        and win with them the victor’s crown of gold.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


4     Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine,

        we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;

        yet all are one within your great design.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


5      And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,

        steals on the ear the distant triumph song,

        and hearts are brave again and arms are strong.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


6      The golden evening brightens in the west;

        soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;

        sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


7      But then there breaks a yet more glorious day:

        the saints triumphant rise in bright array;

        the King of glory passes on his way.

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


8      From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

        through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

        singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:

        Alleluia! Alleluia!


Text: William W. How, 1823-1897, alt. 

CONFESSION OF FAITH                                                                  Nicene Creed


X At the words ‘For us and for our salvation,’ and continuing through ‘and was made man,’ a solemn bow is appropriate to praise the incarnation of our Lord.


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.

                X For us and for our salvation

                                he came down from heaven;

                                by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,  and was made man. X

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.

                With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

                He 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



Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.


A brief silence is kept.


O God, though nations rise and fall, your kingdom is forever; and you give your Holy Spirit of wisdom and revelation to enlighten the hearts of those whom you have called to be your holy ones. Stir up your Spirit within us, that with reverence towards our mothers and fathers in faith we may live our lives with Christ’s humility and love for all.  Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


O God, stir up your Holy Spirit in the whole Church and in our faith family, that we may believe and experience the riches of Christ’s glorious inheritance among the saints and the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


O God, bless the people of this nation as we participate in elections on Tuesday. Give us charity towards our neighbors, dedication to the common good, and zeal for justice. Be with each candidate for office. Give graciousness to those who are not chosen, and humility to those who are chosen. Direct our lives to reflect the beauty of your will.

Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


O God, adorn with your victory the poor in mind, body, and spirit, and give them confidence in you. Hear our prayers for our own needs and the needs of others.         


The pastor reads the names submitted for prayer;

The people offer spoken or silent intercession and thanksgiving.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.




We rejoice in the saints and martyrs of the Church, in St Stephen our namesake, and in people of every time and every place, of every tribe, nation and language, who have witnessed to your love in Christ.

Especially this day we give thanks for those we love, and those of our faith family who have died during this past year:


                                Jane Shepard

                                                Joan Derrick

                                                Ruth Duessel

                                                Lorraine Roberto

                                                Elsie Mae Kemmler


Bring us, with them, before your throne, worshiping you with unwearied alleluia. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We worship you, O God, for in the resurrection of Christ we see the future you have prepared for all your saints. Bring us quickly to that day when every tear will be wiped away; when death shall be no more, and when you shall make all things new. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Into your hands, Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your steadfast love, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.




Revelation 19:7-8                                                        Setting by Richard Hillert

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory. It was granted her to be clothed with fine linen bright and pure, for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory.


It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times and in all

places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father,

through Christ our Lord. In the blessedness of your saints you have given us a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling; that, moved by their witness and supported by their fellowship, we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us and with them receive the unfading crown of glory. And so with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


The pastor leads the people in praying the Eucharistic canon:


Almighty God,

                we rejoice in your goodness and in your sustaining grace.


By that grace you chose Abraham and Sarah

                and blessed their descendants as the people of your promise.


You made of them a nation

                by your covenant established on Sinai’s hills;

                and though they often strayed from your commands,

                your remained faithful to them, promising them life and peace.


Then, in love and mercy for all your creation,

                you sent your Son, our Lord Jesus,

                who was faithful in fulfilling your will

                as he reached out to the poor and lonely;

                as he forgave sinners;

                as he blessed those distressed by life;

                and who, as he poured out his life upon the cross,

                sealed the new covenant of life in his kingdom

                for all the saints.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

                our Lord Jesus took bread and gave thanks,

                broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

                shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.


For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


                Christ has died.

                Christ is risen.

                Christ will come again.


Gracious Father, we give thanks for our Lord’s life and death,

                and for his glorious resurrection and exaltation

                at your right hand.



We bless you for sealing us in Holy Baptism

                to the promises made to all the saints,

                and for incorporating us into your Church,

                the dwelling place of your Holy Spirit.


Send your Spirit upon these gifts,

                this most holy mystery of our Lord’s body and blood;

                enliven us in the faith we share

                as we partake of this meal of life;

                unite our praises with all those

whom our Lord Jesus calls blessed,

until the new day when the Lamb shall be our light

and when we shall share in his heavenly glory.

In the presence of Christ, we pray to his Father using the words he gave us.


Christ is in our midst.

                By the power of the Spirit,

                we pray to his Father, saying:



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,

                                forever and ever. Amen                             Matthew 6:9-15


The Lord takes pleasure in his people

and adorns the poor with victory.                                              Psalm 149:5

  Thanks be to God.


We adore Christ, present in bread and wine.




Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized. They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.





O How Glorious - Text/ Revelation 7; Music/ Sam Batt Owens


O how glorious is the kingdom, where all the saints rejoice with Christ. Clothed in white robes they follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

O how glorious. Alleluia.


When all have received, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.

The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.    




Almighty God, you gave your Son both as a sacrifice for sin

and a model for the godly life. Enable us to receive him always

with thanksgiving, and to conform our lives to his; through the same

Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                                    Amen







Almighty God, Father, XSon, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.




Green LBW 351               Oh, Happy Day When We Shall Stand

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Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                           Thanks be to God!


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