When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” -John 11:43-44
On All Saints Sunday we remember loved ones who have been laid in the tomb. We know the acute grief of Mary, Martha, and Jesus.
Through the story of the raising of Lazarus, we experience Jesus accompanying us in our sorrow, and we believe that in Christ the power of death will be defeated. Christians can trust that the mercy of God will prevail over their own death and that of those they love.
Sunday’s Worship Music
During our Traditional services today, we will sing Jerusalem My Happy Home as the Hymn of the Day. At the last we will all feast in the presence of God at the great city Jerusalem which has been rebuilt. And yet, we also say that we feast with all the saints this day and every time we have communion as the great cloud of witnesses surrounds the table at every feast. Today we remember loved ones and the space between this world and the next is a bit thinner.
In our New Day Praise service today, we will sing Blest Be The Tie That Binds. With the lyrics “When here our pathways part, We suffer bitter pain; Yet, one in Christ and one in heart, We hope to meet again” we are reminded that we are bound together by Christ with a tie that can never be broken.
Remembering A Life Well-Lived
For Further Reflection:
Worship Corner—The Meal/Thanksgiving
In the United States, this month is marked by a harvesting of the fields and a great thanksgiving for all that has been provided for us over the last year. Fitting then, that we reflect on the middle of our worship service when we give thanks to God for the good gifts we have received.
God sets the feast and becomes the feast of bread and wine and perhaps the most astonishing thing is it is freely offered to all. The Holy Spirit gathers us into one, divisions cease, and all are made equal. Even the saints attend this meal. Then, as one body, we all pray the prayer our Lord taught us, asking for daily bread, physical and spiritual.
In what ways do the actions and words surrounding Communion show the message of unbounded grace taught to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? How can we steward this meal set forth by God in ways that are faithful to the gospel?