First United Methodist Church of Schenectady
Worship for All Saints Sunday
November 7, 2021
Photo by Zach Long
It may help to center yourself into worship by lighting a candle, as a symbol of God’s presence with you during the time of worship. You may also want to pay attention to lighting, the position of your body, and the availability of distractions.
“Remember the Saints”
Breath prayers involve breathing in the first phrase, and breathing out the second.
You may wish to simply pray for a moment before starting, or you may wish to pray while listening to the prelude.
“In Memoriam” by Flor Peeters
Call to Worship
One: I will bless God at all times;
whose praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Many: My soul makes its boast in God;
let the afflicted hear and be glad.
One: O magnify God with me, and
let us exalt the divine name together.
Many: Happy are those who take refuge in God!
Hymn #64: Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty
Connecting in Prayer
Living God, shake us out of our contentment with a divided Church. In our thanksgiving for the saints in heaven, deliver us from imagining them as all our sort of people. And in our dealing with our fellow Christians on earth, show us how to be true to our consciences without being untrue to the law of love. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father (Creator) 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, for ever. Amen.
Word and Reflection
Passing of the Peace
If you are worshiping with others, please pass the Peace of Christ.
Whether you are alone or with others, please take a moment to find God’s peace within, and then to share it with the world. You may want to reach out to speak peace to another during this week.
Hymn #558: We Are the Church
Scripture Reading – Matthew 5:1-10
Sermon: “The Gift of the Saints” – Rev. Bill Pattison
Photo by Larry McArthur
If you wish, you are welcome to use this time to make a donation to the church online, or to put a check in the mail.
The time of offering is not only about our financial gifts to the church, it is about offering our lives to God and the building of the kindom. This is a time for reflection: What is being asked of us? What is being given to us? What are we able to offer? What do we need?
Offertory: “For All the Saints (Sine Nomine)” by Raymond H. Haan
Hymn #711: For All the Saints
Celebrate the saints of your past by becoming a saint for someone’s future.
Elegy on Sine Nomine (from the Triptych) by Alfred V. Fedak