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All Saints

Worship
Lectionary Worship Aids, Cradled in God's Heart
Series VIII, Cycle A
Call To Worship
One: At all times we are called
to bless God's name.
All: Our lips drench with praises,
our hearts exult in God.
One: The proud will bend knees in worship,
the humble will lift glad songs.
All: We are set free from our fears,
we have searched for God and been found.
One: Our faces glow with thanksgiving,
our spirits overflow with grace.
All: God has wiped away our tears,
God has fed us from the storehouses of hope.

Prayer Of The Day
They are gathered around you,
God of Forever and Ever.
Some are well known,
like Martin Luther,
Mother Teresa,
C.S. Lewis,
Helen Keller,
and so many more.
Some have been forgotten,
like Agnes and Cadoc,
Tuda, Mary of Egypt,
and Ebba,
while others have days named after them.

But many are ordinary folk,
such as the teacher from second grade
who guided our fingers under the words;
the nurse in the hospital
who held our hand while blood was taken;
the coach who trusted us with the ball,
not the end of the bench.

There is an old man who left retirement behind him,
and an barren woman who laughed at your promise;
there are popes, princes, and power-brokers,
who are taught heaven's hymns
by the paupers and pretenders;
there are those who moved mountains
and those who murmured in the wilderness;
there are those who founded the church,
and those who floundered on the waves of Galilee.

All saints,
just like us,
singing your praise forever and ever,
and we join in their anthem
even as we pray as Jesus has taught us, saying,

Our Father ...

Call To Reconciliation
When God sets the table of the Lamb, all will be welcome -- the young and the old; those who were faithful, and those who failed; those who followed Jesus, and those who lost their way. Let us confess to God our unsaintly ways, knowing how quick God is to forgive.

Unison Prayer Of Confession
We did not listen, when the Teacher spoke, God of Sinners.
Rich in pride and arrogance,
our spirits have no need for a kingdom;
taught to not let anyone see us cry,
we refuse your comforting arms;
seeing the rich and successful have their way,
we yearn to inherit their hardened hearts;
noticing the hungry standing by the side of the road,
we make sure we get more than our share of the world's
resources;
taking note of how he merciful are pushed aside,
we develop callouses on our souls.
Forgive us, Saint Maker, that we follow the wrong examples and listen to false teachings. It is the peacemakers who live into your hope; it is those whose hearts are shaped by yours, who are able to see you in the poor and broken; it is those who give themselves to serve others who are your saints, following the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, our Savior, our Shepherd, guiding us to the wellsprings of life.


Silence is kept

Assurance Of Pardon
One: When we seek God, we are found;
when we cry out, we are heard;
when we confess, we are forgiven and made new.
All: We can taste the yeasty flavor of grace, we can drink the deep wine of hope, we can find our home in God's heart receiving mercy and new life. Thanks be to God. Amen.
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