All Saints Sunday
November 2, 2014
Holy Communion at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus 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 Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The Scripture Readings
Psalm 34:1–10, 22
1 John 3:1–3
On All Saints Sunday, we give thanks for the saints who have gone before us, for the saints still among us, and for the saints of God still to come. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord's table we gather with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem. Our gospel text for this day is from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. We hear in the beatitudes Jesus providing a unique description of those who are blessed with God's favor. His teaching is surprising and shocking to those who seek wealth, fame, and control over others.
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:1-12
Sermon Title: Blessed Are You
||For All the Saints
|Hymn of the Day
||Sing With All the Saints in Glory
||Who Is This Host Arrayed in White
||Oh, What Their Joy
||Rejoice in God's Saints
In our prayers on Sunday we remember the ELCA’s Global Mission unit which supports and partners with independent Lutheran churches in more than 90 countries.
Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.
There are no Adult Ed classes this morning. Grace members of all ages are invited to the All Saints' Festival, hosted by Youth and Family Ministry in Fellowship Hall at 9:45. There will be a procession into the Memorial Garden at 10:30.
The Bible study group meets in the Conference Room to continue a discussion of the Book of Acts, led by Bob Jandeska.
Sunday School students and their families are invited to the All Saints' Festival in Fellowship Hall. There will be activities for people of all ages.
Confirmation classes meet in their classrooms.
The Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You'll find books for adults and children on a variety of faith-related subjects.
Adult Education for November
Sunday School and Confirmation calendar
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