A Global Celebration of All Saints Day/Sunday, Year B (November 1 or the First Sunday in November)

by Taylor Burton-Edwards

We Enter and Praise GodThe service begins with a festal procession accompanied by djembe and other rhythm instruments as available.
As people enter the worship space, they are invited to touch the water of the baptismal font.


"Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord" (Louez le Seigneur), The Upper Room Worshipbook, 399

A soloist or alto singers sing the melody from the "back" of the worship space.
As the procession starts, altos in the congregation may join, and then on successive verses,
other parts (tenor, then bass, then all voices).
Those processing (whether choir or the entire congregation) may be given rhythm instruments to accompany the singing.
Here’s a video example:

Allow time for people to clap, say Alleluia or Amen at the conclusion of the singing and before the prayer begins.



God of all the saints,
God of mercy, love, and power,

we have come to praise you today.
God, cleanse our hearts.

Cleanse our hearts!

Jesus, cast out unholy fear.

Cast out unholy fear.

You have opened our lips.
Now enliven our minds
and open our spirits to hear and respond
to the cadences of your Truth.

We adore you, O God, and we bless you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
for you alone are One and holy!


"Adoramus Te, Domine," The Upper Room Worshipbook, 376
Sing five or six times, with or without the solo verses (URWB Accompaniment edition).
Then invite the congregation to hum the tune as the accompaniment fades away.

After a brief silence, invite all to be seated.


We Listen and Respond to God’s Word
As the following is being read, dancers bring the gifts of bread and wine to the Lord’s Table in a clear glass pitcher so all can see it.
Others remove a "shroud" from the table as they approach.
As the presider or deacon pours the wine into the chalice(s), the dancers turn to the congregation, and together
(at the appropriate cue in the text) wipe "tears" from their faces. Then, all read verse 9 as indicated:


A Reading from The Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 25:6-9)

Reader: It will be said on that day,

Female Voices: You are our God! We have waited for you.

All: You will save us.

Male Voices: You are Adonai! We have waited for you.

All: We will be glad and rejoice in your salvation! Amen.


"Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises," The Upper Room Worshipbook, 400
First chorus and verse: a praise team or ensemble.
The rest: whole assembly. Sing final chorus twice, unaccompanied the last time.

The reader stands beside the font. The tone of this reading is bold and inviting. Read the final verse as indicated.


A Reading from Revelation of Jesus Christ to John (Revelation 21:1-6a)

Verse 6
Reader: It is completed. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
People: Even so, come Lord Jesus, and reign!


"Goodness is Stronger than Evil," The Upper Room Worshipbook, 436
The reader of the gospel walks into the midst of the assembly during the singing of the chorus.
All remain standing for the reading.


A Reading from the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to John (John 11: 32-44)


"Goodness is Stronger than Evil" (reprise), The Upper Room Worshipbook, 436


Remembering the Dead

"Goodness is Stronger than Evil" (Refrain), The Upper Room Worshipbook, 436
The chords of "Goodness is Stronger than Evil" may be played quietly in the background.
A bell may sound or a candle may be lit as each is named.
A final bell is rung or candle lit for those whose names are unknown to us but known to God.
The congregation resumes singing:

"Goodness is Stronger than Evil" (Refrain), The Upper Room Worshipbook, 436

Instrumental music continues and segués into "Mayenziwe" for the Prayers of the People.
All kneel or stand, hands lifted, palms up for the prayers, as able.


"Mayenziwe": The Prayers of the People, The Upper Room Worshipbook, 440
The people continue to sing "Mayenziwe." At the beginning and between verses,
the prayer leader prays or intones one of the following intercessions:


For your church throughout the world…
For peace and justice for all peoples…
For the earth and all its creatures…
For all who need your healing…
For the spread of the gospel…
For holiness in heart and life…
In the communion of all your saints…

At the conclusion of the prayers, all are invited to stand as able.

We Give Thanks at the Lord’s Table

Come to the Lord's Table,
all you who love him.
Come to the Lord's Table,
confess your sin.
Come to the Lord's Table,
be at peace.


Confession of Sin

We have not believed you or trusted in your power.
Lord, help our unbelief.

We have stained our souls by our action and inaction.
Cleanse us, Lord.

We are broken by disease, bruised by the sins of others,
weakened and unable to repair ourselves.
Heal us, Lord.

We ignore your call to center our lives in you, and so are deaf to the
hopes and cries of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the earth.
Ground us, Lord!


When we confess our sinful ways, God abundantly pardons.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we are all forgiven. Glory to God!

By one Spirit we are all baptized into the one body.
Let us then pursue the things that make for peace and build up our common life.

The peace of Christ be always with you!
And also with you.
Signs of peace may be offered and exchanged.

As stand or remain standing for the Great Thanksgiving. All are invited to pray with hands raised, palms up (orans position).

Holy Wisdom is with us.
We praise you, Christ Crucified.

Holy Spirit breathes in us.
Spirit of Power, Spirit of Life!

Holy Source of All draws near.
In you alone we boast!
With all creation we sing:

"Heleluyan" (2x) , The Upper Room Worshipbook, 405 (UMH 78)

Holy are you, O God,
Remover of the shroud,
Founder of the great feast.

Holy are you, O God.

Holy are you, O God,
enfleshed in Jesus,
weeping with those who weep,
calling the dead to come forth to life.

Holy are you, O God.

Holy the food Jesus gave,
when on the night of his betrayal
he took bread, blessed it and broke it,
and gave it to his disciples.
Holy the words he spoke then,
and your Spirit speaks still:
"This is my body broken for you. Remember me."

Holy the drink Jesus offered,
when that same night he took the cup,
thanked you and shared it.
Holy the words he spoke then,
and your Spirit speaks still:
"This is my blood of the new covenant for you. Remember me."

We remember you,
Source, Wisdom and Spirit of Holiness.
We praise you not only with our lips
but with our lives:

Jesus Christ,
crucified, you called and claimed us,
risen, you have raised us,
coming again, you make all things new.
Even so, come Lord Jesus! Hallelujah!

Even so, come and fill this feast, Holy Spirit,
Spirit of Power, Spirit of Life.

Come upon us and these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us what Jesus says they are,
Christ’s body, Christ’s blood.

Make us become what Jesus prays we are,
one body in him empowered and enlivened by his blood.

So may this food and drink be holy,
and nourish us in holy conversation this day
as on that day of new creation
when every tear is wiped away,
death is vanquished,
and sorrow is no more.

Now and ever all glory to you,
Holy Spirit, Holy Wisdom, Holy Source
of all that was, and is, and is to come.


The presider breaks the bread and lifts the cup. All are served.

Thanksgiving after Communion:

Faithful your love in us,
steadfast your way,
mighty your power to save;
your matchless holiness
dwells in our lives.

Jesus in us, God in our flesh,
risen from death, coming again,
you are our strength, you are our joy,
we live to declare your reign. Amen.


May our holy God,
who meets us at the grave
and bids us come forth
as risen saints,
keep us hungering for that banquet,
be our deliverance in every trial,
and open our eyes to see
all things new.

We are Sent into the World
We proceed into the world as we processed into worship, singing, dancing, praising our God!

"Praise, Praise, Praise the Lord" (Louez le Seigneur), The Upper Room Worshipbook, 399


You have seen the Savior. Go now in peace.
And the blessing of God,
One in Three and Three in One,
go with you.


Categories: Multicultural/Global Worship, 21st Century Liturgy, Other, Sundays After Pentecost