All Saints’ Day (PF) (White)

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Readings   Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11–23; Luke 6:20–31

Collect        Almighty God, whose people are knit together in one Holy Church, the mystical Body of your Son, grant us 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 your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Alt 1               God of all holiness, in your realm of glory, those who are poor now will receive the kingdom those who are hungry now will be filled, and those who weep now will laugh and leap in joy. Strengthen us by this vision, so that, with the saints before us, we may bring near your justice and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002) alt.

Alt 2              Holy God, giver of blessing to hungry and hated, you overturn tables of privilege and greed. Teach us a new way of being beyond reward, beyond revenge, so that we may do to others as we would have them do to us; through Jesus Christ, who prays for all who crucify him. Amen.

Prayers for an Inclusive Church (2009) alt.

Prayer over the Gifts

Holy and mighty God, we give you thanks for the triumph of Christ in the lives of all his saints. Receive all we offer you this day, and help us, like them, to run our course with faith, that we may come to your eternal kingdom. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Prayer After Communion

Lord of hosts, we praise your glory reflected in your saints. May we who share at this table be filled with the joy of your eternal kingdom, where Jesus is Lord, now and for ever.

 

First Reading

8 am              THE FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM THE 7TH CHAPTER OF THE

BOOK OF DANIEL, BEGINNING AT THE 1ST VERSE.

10 am              A READING FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL.

In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea, and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me. I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter: “As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever —forever and ever.”

8 am              THE WORD OF THE LORD.

10 am            HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING TO THE CHURCH.

THANKS BE TO GOD                                                    (Daniel 7:1–3, 15–18)

Psalm
Psalm
Refrain Sing to the Lord a new song.

Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord a new song; sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.

Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. R

Let them praise his Name in the dance; let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people and adorns the poor with victory.

Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; let them be joyful on their beds. R

Let the praises of God be in their throat and a two-edged sword in their hand; To wreak vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples; R

To bind their kings in chains and their nobles with links of iron; To inflict on them the judgement decreed; this is glory for all his faithful people. Hallelujah! R

Psalm 149

Second Reading

8 am              THE EPISTLE LESSON IS TAKEN FROM THE 1ST CHAPTER OF THE LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS, BEGINNING AT THE 11TH VERSE.

10 am             A READING FROM THE LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS.

In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come, And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 

8 am              THE WORD OF THE LORD.

10 am            HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING TO THE CHURCH.

THANKS BE TO GOD                                                                (Ephesians 1:11–23)

Gospel
8 am              THE LORD BE WITH YOU.     AND WITH THY SPIRIT.

THE HOLY GOSPEL IS WRITTEN IN THE 6TH CHAPTER OF THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT LUKE, BEGINNING AT THE 20TH VERSE.

GLORY BE TO THEE, O LORD.

10 am            THE LORD BE WITH YOU.                 AND ALSO WITH YOU.

THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO SAINT LUKE.

GLORY TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Then Jesus looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets. “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you. ”

THIS IS THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.

PRAISE TO YOU, LORD JESUS CHRIST.                           (Luke 6:20–31)

Sermon

Let us pray.

Holy God, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be always acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer.

AMEN.

For those looking in on Christians, on us, from the outside we’re going about a really odd thing here – the focus of all our worship and attention is on Jesus even while we celebrate the lives and ministries of the Saints – lives and ministries that point to Jesus, too.

The saints fall into two broad categories:

  1. those whose witness is known and remembered by the church
  2. those whose witness is known to God alone

Betty was an old woman whose life had been something of a disappointment – she had not borne any children until quite late in life. Her husband spent a goodly amount of time in the temple and was struck mute by the angel Gabriel.

Betty died an old widow, her life too could have been seen as something of a disappointment. She was a sole support parent for quite a number of years. Her husband predeceased her by 35 years and had been ill for 10 years ahead of his death. She raised 8 children, operated a successful business and never really retired.

Joe was an impoverished tradesman with a better name and pedigree than future and prospects. He was engaged to be married to a scandalous peasant girl. Joseph was a husband and father, content it would seem, with being in the background and not being the centre of attention. He was a faithful and pious Jew who kept to the covenant and ensured the observance of the obligations. He then disappears from the historical record.

Joe was a peasant Irish farmer. The eldest of 12 siblings. He married pretty young and started his family. Life didn’t proceed just as he had planned – he and his young bride picked up the pieces of his family after the early death of his parents. He left farming and took up a trade. He stayed close to home his entire life.

Larry was a Spaniard of unknown family and learning who caught the attention of the future Pope Sixtus II. He left home in Spain for school in Rome. He died a terrible death.

We’re told in scripture that St. Elizabeth, the Betty of that first account I shared with you, was a cousin of Mary, the mother of Jesus. So that would make her the second cousin, or some other numbered cousin, removed from Jesus – I always get muddled up when we get into 2nd, 3rd and so on – and then add in the number removed and it gets hopeless for me.

Betty Wray, my great-grandmother, is a woman that few will remember in 100 years. Having said that though, she was a Charter member of her parish church in St. Thomas. She imparted the faith she held dear to the next generation and to the 2 after that. She is remembered in her home parish and by her very large family.

St. Joseph, the earthly adoptive father of Jesus…provider, back seat to Mary and Jesus.

Joe Clifford, the adoptive father of all of his brothers and sisters…

St. Lawrence was ordained a Deacon in Rome, named Archdeacon of Rome and placed in charge of the Church’s store houses and treasury. Asked by the civil authorities to turn over the wealth of the church to the empire at the death of the Pope, he begged for time and then shoveled the money and treasure out the door as quickly as he could – faster than a civil servant at the end of March each year. When the civil authorities came back for the money all that could be pointed to was the wealth of the poor and widowed and rejected of the city as being the Wealth of the Church. Lawrence was promptly martyred!

The good news in all of this is that there have been Saints in all our lives.

We are called to be useful tools of our God.

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

To teach, baptise and nurture new believers

To respond to human need by loving service

To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Let us pray.

God of all holiness, in your realm of glory, those who are poor now will receive the kingdom those who are hungry now will be filled, and those who weep now will laugh and leap in joy. Strengthen us by this vision, so that, with the saints before us, we may bring near your justice and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.

AMEN