Liturgy

All Saints' Day Remembrance

Lisa Degrenia

A contemporary liturgy to supplement your All Saints’ Day service which allows your church community to name and remember those who inspired them in Christ, those they mourn, and tragedies faced by members of the congregation. 

This liturgy can be divided up for more congregational involvement or led by two prayer leaders.

 

Detail of a work by Fra. Angelico depicting Christian saints.

Service

VOICE ONE

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:2-3, NRSV)

The followers of Jesus in Corinth had some serious problems, infighting and immorality to name a couple, yet Paul calls them saints. A saint is not a perfect person. Saints are simply persons who know their deep need of God. They recognize their need of wholeness and forgiveness, yet they don’t stop there. They continue to move forward- risking and growing and trusting in the marvelous grace of God in Jesus Christ.

Let us remember who we are in Jesus-
Beloved, Wounded Healers,
Saints set apart by God and for God

Let us remember our purpose-
To lead a devoted life of compassion, generosity, justice, and hope
A life worthy of the calling to which we have been called
A life which inspires faith in others

Let us remember and recommit ourselves to this life,
by first honoring the lives of those who have inspired us
The heroic and humble who ran the race before us
The martyrs who sacrificed all for the sake of Jesus
And especially those who we have known and loved
who led us to Jesus and encouraged us to deeper faith and service

Name those persons out loud… pause

 

VOICE TWO OR ALL

Blessed are you, O Lord our God
You surround us with witness after witness to your transforming love
Inspire us and empower us to endure
Fill our hearts with courage

Blessed are you, O Lord our God
You weep with us in our personal heartbreak and loss 

Name those you are grieving out loud… pause

Comfort us and protect us in our mourning
Fill our souls with hope

Blessed are you, O Lord our God
You weep with us in our communal heartbreak and loss
Pandemics… Fires… Storms… Division… Injustice… Death

Name the situations you are grieving out loud now… pause

Comfort us and protect us in our mourning
Fill our souls with hope

Blessed are you, O Lord our God
You cry out in victory over sin and the grave
Raise us and release us to fulfill your calling to be saints
Fill our lives with faithfulness and good works

Honor and hope
In Jesus’ Name and for His Glory, who taught us to pray…

Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer

Consider lighting candles or luminaria, tying ribbons to a branch or wreath, or placing flowers in a vase or body of water following the prayer.

 

All Saints Day Remembrance © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

Detail of a work by Fra. Angelico depicting Christian saints.

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Lisa Degrenia

Lisa Degrenia

Lisa Degrenia is an ordained pastor currently serving Coronado Community United Methodist Church in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Lisa studied at the University of South Florida and received her Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. She’s served congregations in Largo, St. Petersburg, DeBary, and Sarasota, Florida.

In addition to serving as a pastor, Lisa enjoys leading retreats, photography, theatre, travel, and writing. She is indebted to the many wonderful mentors and teachers in her life, including her mother who first gave her a love for words.

Lisa met her beloved husband Ed on a trip to NYC and they were married ten months later. They are blessed with two grown daughters, two sons-in-love, a brilliant grandchild, and two dogs. You can find more of her work at https://revlisad.com/.