All Saints Day
November 1, 2015
Divine Service Setting Four- Page 203
“After all, the chief purpose of all ceremonies is to teach the people what they need to know about Christ”
From the Augsburg Confession – Article 24-The Mass
HYMNS: Opening – #670
“Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”
Pastor: I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds. I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.” You have said, “ I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
The Collect for the Day
(C) Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, cleanse us by the power of Your redeeming blood that in purity and peace we may worship and adore Your holy name; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
The First Reading – Revelation 7:9-17
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?”
14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
(C) These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
The Epistle Reading – 1 John 3:1-3
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
The Gospel – Luke 10:25-37
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.
32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
Pastor: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
♪ People: Praise be to Thee, O Christ!
Hymn of the day: #677 “For All the Saints”
Sermon: “How to be perfectly Holy”
The Prayers (for Commemoration)
Pastor: O most gracious and holy Lord God, You have deigned to bestow Your holiness upon Your people, declaring us to be saints before Your throne. For Your holy church, the gathering of the saints in heaven and on earth; for the congregations and pastors which faithfully serve the ministry of Word and Sacraments;
People: with the glorious company of apostles we praise You.
Pastor: For Your glorious creation and all the gifts which we find there; for the governments of the earth, instruments of Your justice and providence;
People: with the noble fellowship of prophets we praise You.
Pastor: For those who, because of their confession of Your holy name, are being slandered, ridiculed and persecuted; for those in peril for the sake of Your truth and Your Word;
People: with the white-robed army of martyrs we praise You.
Pastor: For the merciful good works done in Your name which You accomplish in us; for the saints who are before Your throne and serve You day and night in the temple;
People: throughout the world the holy Church acclaims You.
Pastor: Mercifully grant that in Christ Your saints may find love, hope, justice, and peace. For these and all gifts,
People: let us give thanks to the Lord.
Pastor: With all Your saints, of heaven and earth, of today and ages past, we pray:
People: “BLESSING AND GLORY AND WISDOM AND THANKSGIVING AND HONOR AND POWER AND MIGHT BE TO OUR GOD FOR EVER AND EVER! AMEN.”
COMMEMORATION OF THE
Charles William Webb
(We also remember in our hearts those related non-member deaths that occurred this past year)
Special Music: #673 “Jerusalem, My Happy Home”
Solo by Michaela Farnsworth – Verses 1,2 and 4
Congregation – Verse 3
Distribution Hymns: #672 “Jerusalem the Golden”
#816 “From All That Dwell Below the Skies”
Closing: #643 “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”