“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. 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.
Do You Feel Blessed?
The Hymn of the Day at Traditional service is Give Thanks for Saints (ELW 428). On this day when we remember the saints who have gone before us, we sing of their firm faith, clear hope, and pure love which is all a good gift from God. We praise God for their lives and that we share their pilgrim way. At New Day service, the Worship Song is This Little Light of Mine. As the New Day community lights candles for their departed loved ones, they will be reminded to “let their own light shine” as a tribute and honor to both God and those persons we have entrusted into the Communion of All the Saints.
For Your Home Devotion
Can you experience “blessings” in moments of grief and hunger and persecution?
What communities of which you are a part, serve as places where you experience the Spirit of God?
Where do you find your blessings?
Who are the saints in your life?