Sunday 3 November, 2019 – All Saints Day, Year C

This Sunday is All Saints Day. For the service resources for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost , please click here.

Altar colour: White

Bible readings

The First ReadingDaniel 7:1-3,15-18 Daniel’s vision of the holy ones of the Most High
Psalm: Psalm 149
Responsive Psalm 149 standard /widescreen
The Second Reading: Ephesians 1:11-23 God’s blessings through Christ for his people
The Gospel: Luke 6:20-31 Blessed are the poor and the persecuted

Printable, Formatted Readings
Notes on Readings – no notes available


Lay-readers please note: the following sermons have all been edited for lay-reading.

Sermon on Ephesians reading (Year C): Sermon_Ephesians 1_ Pr Roger Atze
Suitable in any year:  edited for lay reading sermon -all saints – november 2015

Orders of service

You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

All Saints Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc /PPT standard / PPT widescreen)
After Pentecost Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt standard /ppt widescreen )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt standard /ppt widescreen )
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt standard /ppt widescreen )
Service without communion (pdf / doc /ppt standard /ppt widescreen )

Service orders with holy communion
All Saints Simplified Spoken with HC 
Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)

Ready to Go Resources

Please note that the resources below have been prepared for congregations with limited administrative support and represent only one combination of the available service orders, readings, etc. This week’s service has been prepared using the Service of the Word. Every effort will be made to vary the liturgy each week.

Service Order     All Saints Word / PPT (standard) /PPT (widescreen)


Opening Sentences

God has made Christ the head over all things for the church,
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
(Eph 1:22b,23 NRSV)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:

O Lord,
the crown and reward of all your saints:
Grant us grace that,
as we follow their steps,
we may walk in your ways
and live with you in eternal joy;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Lord, you are the crown and reward
of all your saints.
Lead us to follow their steps
and live as your people,
and bring us to eternal joy with you.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, alternative
Almighty God,
you bring your people together
in one holy church,
the body of our Lord.
Lead us to follow your saints
and to know the inexpressible joys
that you have prepared
for those who love you.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address: All Saints

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus,
thank you for coming to seek and save the lost.
Have mercy, and help us to live repentant lives.

Offering Prayer


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- All Saints

OR, use the following prayer. Change the names of the saints as suits the local situation.

Alternate Prayer of the Church – All Saints

Additional Prayer Points

  • Season of Prayer
    Father, we pray for the Sending Churches across the LCANZ. Enable them to hear your voice and discern the right time to move in the development of their missional communities and church plants. We pray for the Partner Churches, that you would reveal ever more ways in which they can serve alongside the Church planter teams you have laid on their hearts. Grant to us all generous hearts, open spirits and the deep joy of seeing many people come to faith in your Son. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
  • Visit the LCA International Mission website to access their prayer points, which you may like to include in the Prayer of the Church, or in your bulletin.

A memorial rite is especially appropriate on All Saints Day. It may be helpful to indicate at funerals (eg on the service order) that the person who has died will be remembered on All Saints Day and also that a memorial hymn will be sung during a forthcoming Sunday service, if this is planned.

A few weeks before All Saints Day, contact the families of those who have been buried from the church (or by the pastor elsewhere) during the year, telling or reminding them that their loved one will be remembered during the service on that day (and a candle may be lit for them, etc).

The following memorial rite may be observed after the prayer of the church.


The minister says:
Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
Friends in Christ: Today we remember members of this congregation (and our Christian friends and relatives)* whom our heavenly Father has called out of this life during the past year. We remember them and thank God for the gifts he has given us through them.

Reading of Names**

The names of those who have died in the past year are read out aloud.

Word of God

The minister says:
Our Lord Jesus Christ says:
Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.  (John 5:24 NRSV)
And the apostle John says:
These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.  (Rev 7:14b, 15 NRSV)

Our Lord Jesus Christ says:
Do not be worried and upset. Believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so.
(John 14:1,2 TEV)
And the apostle John says:
I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord’. ‘Yes’, says the Spirit, ‘they will enjoy rest from their labours, because the results of their service goes with them’.  (Rev 14:13 composite)


A memorial hymn may be sung here or at the end of the rite.


Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, all who have died in Christ are in your presence.
We thank you for N, N and N (or: those whom we have named before you).
During the past year, they completed the race that was set before them,
and we thank you for sustaining their faith throughout their lives.
We thank you also for the blessings that flowed to us from their lives.
Be with all who mourn their passing.
Comfort them in their sorrow.
Remember us all in life and death and bring us at last into your eternal home.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gracious heavenly Father, we praise you for the glorious company of the saints who have finished the course of their lives in faith, and now rest with you from all their work.
We thank you today for those who have departed from this life over the past year, and remember them in gratitude before you.
Sustain us in life and death, and let perpetual light shine on us and on all your faithful people.


Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

* A list of those who have belonged to the congregation is simple to make up ahead of time. However, some may wish friends, relatives and significant Christian members of the community to be remembered also, and so people may have to be invited to suggest these names before the service.

** There are several possible ways the reading of names could be highlighted ritually. Here are some suggestions:
–    Light the paschal candle for this rite and conduct the rite from the baptismal font
–    Light individual candles, one for each person who has died in the past year, as their names are read out (they could be lit from the paschal candle) and place them in a tray in the sanctuary or at the baptism font. These candles may be left burning during the Lord’s supper to remind us of our communion with them. See the suggestions below under ‘Candle-lighting’.
A gong or a mellow-sounding bell may be rung after each name (or, if the church has a bell, toll the church bell once after each name).

Resources for services with Holy Communion


It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In your saints
you have given us a pledge of our inheritance
that, surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses,
we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us
and receive with them the unfading crown of glory.
And so, with angels and archangels,
and with all the company of heaven,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

Communion Invitation

Jesus says: ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be
hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’ Come, for
everything is ready.
Jesus says: ‘My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those
who eat my flesh and drink my blood remain in me, and I in them.’
Come, for everything is ready.
This cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks is a communion in
the blood of Christ. This bread that we break is a communion in the body
of Christ. Come, for everything is ready.

Prayer after Communion

See the service order for a standard post-communion prayer. Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows:

Almighty God,
you bring your people together
in one holy communion,
the body of our Lord.
Lead us to follow your saints
and to know the inexpressible joys
that you have prepared
for those who love you.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.



Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.


The colour for the day is white. White (and red) flowers could be displayed, perhaps arranged with tall stems (representing the saints).

Pictures or visual symbols could be displayed on banners or the overhead screen during the readings.

A common symbol for All Saints is the crown of victory with a sheaf of wheat representing the final harvest. Other images, especially symbols of the church, may be used, such as the ark or the ship of the church.

Set up a tray of sand near the font, provide a small box of candles, and light the paschal candle. During the service, members of the congregation may be given an opportunity to come forward and light individual candles from the paschal candle and then place the lighted candles in the tray of sand as a way of remembering those who have died in the faith. (This may be done as the names of those who have died are read out, perhaps during a memorial rite such as that given below). This tray could be left at the font throughout the year for people to light a memorial candle, especially on birthdays or deathdays (if this is not a day on which the paschal candle is lit, a single lighted candle may be placed in the tray before the service begins). A brief note of explanation and invitation may be included in the bulletin.

Sermon and Reading Art Ideas with Sources   UPDATED WEEKLY! Images related to the readings and sermons for use in PowerPoints and other projections. The images are provided with permission. Please include the acknowledgements for any images you use.

You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year on the Visual Arts website

All Saints PPT slides (Widescreen): Set 1 / Set 2
All Saints PPT slides (Standard):  Set 1 / Set 2

Other Visual Art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:



This Week’s Top 5

There are many great songs and hymns to choose from each week. This list has been compiled by Mark Simpfendorfer from the Commission on Worship’s Music and Song team. Please make sure you check the copyright on any songs you use.

LHS 219 Jesus shall reign where’er the sun 
LHS 161 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 
AT 324 (red) Saints of all time
AT  462  (yellow) Hand in hand 
LHS 213 For all the Saints

Top 4 Public Domain

If you enjoy traditional hymn singing or your congregation does not have a copyright license, Mark Simpfendorfer from the Commission on Worship’s Music and Song team recommends the following: (If a hymn is hyperlinked, modernised lyrics are available).

LHS 213  For all the Saints
LHS 191  The Church’s one foundation
LHS 161  How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 
LHS 219  Jesus shall reign where’er the sun

Backing tracks for these recommendations are available from ACR (the 647 hymns from the black hymnal, played on organ 25 favourite hymns with choir and organ  40 organ accompaniment hymns  – list on website  40 more accompaniments for congregational singing

Song/Hymn suggestions

* Modernised version available. Click on the hyperlinks to see the modernised lyrics. (Please click here to browse the Modernised Hymns page.)
G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

First reading: Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18

210    Thy Word, O God, declareth* G5
213    For all the saints
219    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun G3

207    Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
455    For all the saints

Second reading: Ephesians 1:11-23

115    Rejoice, the Lord is King!
118   O Holy Ghost, to Thee we all pray* G3
132    Spirit of wisdom, turn our eyes (alt tune 245, G6)
169    The head that once was crowned with thorns G5
191    The Church’s one foundation G4
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
337    God, from all eternity* (alt tune 276, G5)
782    At the name of Jesus G7
863    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine GS
26    He is Lord
161    Majesty
252    He is exalted
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
370    You are glorious
448    Loving Spirit
487    Make your home in me
499    It was me
503    Show me heaven
164    The great love of God
189    Glory to our boundless God
192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
216    Rejoice, the Lord is king
219    Jesus comes with all his grace
225    My heart and voice I raise
231    At the name of Jesus
371    God is gone up on high
378    The head that once was crowned with thorns
417    Loving Spirit, loving Spirit
442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
457    The church’s one foundation
548    Eternal light, shine in my heart
549    God be in my head
604    Make me a captive, Lord
653    This is a day of new beginnings
685    Lord, I come to you

Gospel: Luke 6:20-31

161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
213    For all the saints
436    Amen, amen, it shall be so
223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
448    Blest are the pure in heart
455    For all the saints
470    Rejoice in God’s saints, today and all days
566    Lord Jesus, if the same you are

The following is a general list of hymns and songs suitable for All Saints Day:

From the Lutheran Hymnal and Supplement:
183    The saints on earth and those above G6
191     The Church’s one foundation (see also TIS 457)
210    Thy word, O God, declareth (*modernised version available) G5
211    Who are these like stars appearing G8
212    Lo, round the throne a glorious band G4
213    For all the saints who from their labours rest (TIS 455)
214    Hark! the sound of holy voices G5
457    Mighty God we praise Thy name (see TIS 127 for modernised text)
494    Jerusalem the golden G6
495    Jerusalem, thou city fair and high (esp vv 3, 5)
496    Ten thousand times ten thousand
841    God and man at table are sat down (O welcome, all you noble saints of old) GS (for holy communion)

From the ‘All Together’ books
1    Lord of our days
12    We are heirs of the Father
77    God and man at table are sat down (O welcome, all you noble saints of old) (for holy communion)
119    Come and praise him, royal priesthood
249    Dreams and visions
324    Saints of all time
403    God of Abraham
462    Hand in hand

From Together in Song
See the listing for All Saints and All Souls on pages 1092-3 of the Harmony edition.

TIS 95, Sing a new song to the Lord, is a version of Psalm 149:1-5.

The following paraphrase of Psalm 149 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Alles ist an Gottes Segen (LH 283, TIS 556). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Alleluia! Sing a new song
to the Lord, our King and Maker,
with his people gathered here!
Let the children of Jerus’lem
praise his name with dance and music,
and with tambourine and lyre.

God takes pleasure in his people,
and the Lord adorns the humble
with the crown of victory.
Let the faithful rise in triumph,
sing for joy at night and always
praise our God continually.

So, with swords of prayer and praises,
bring God’s justice to the nations,
bring his judgment on the world!
To bind kings in chains of iron,
and bring prisoners into freedom,
is our glory! Praise the Lord!

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings – Psalm 149 p249


The songs ‘For all the saints’ (page 120 of Love from Below) and ‘The strangest of saints’ (page 122 of Heaven Shall Not Wait) are appropriate for All Saints Day.


The hymn ‘For all your saints, O Lord’ (Tune: St Michael, LH 291, TIS 483) was written by Richard Mant (1776-1848) and has been modernised for inclusion here.

For all your saints, O Lord,
who strove to live by faith,
who followed you, and kept your word,
receive our grateful praise.

For all your saints, O Lord,
who strove to die in grace,
who persevered for your reward,
receive our grateful thanks.

They all, in life and death,
with you, their Lord, in view,
learnt from your Holy Spirit’s breath
to suffer and to do.

For this we bless your name,
and humbly pray that we
may live in holiness the same
and die in purity.

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.

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