All Saints Sunday

November 7th, 2021

“If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.”

James Baldwin

You are invited to participate during worship by speaking aloud the bolded text.
Please stand as you are able whenever an asterisk (*) precedes a heading.

Service Order


The Reverend Dr. Cathy S. Gilliard

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*Christ’s Peace

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Please remain in your pew and greet one another with non-physical signs of peace.

*Gathering Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #334
Sweet, Sweet Spirit

There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place,
and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord;
There are sweet expressions on each face,
and I know they feel the presence of the Lord.

Sweet, Holy Spirit, sweet heavenly Dove,
stay right here with us, filling us with your love;
And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise
without a doubt we’ll know that we have been revived
when we shall leave this place.

Words & Music: Doris Akers, 1962; Tune: Sweet, Sweet Spirit; © 1962 Manna Music, Inc., from The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579 

*Call to Worship

Isaiah Fish & Brandon McCoy

We gather surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.
Let us join their song of praise and thanksgiving to God.
For the countless saints of history, both those known to us and those only known to God:
We give you thanks, O God. Give us courage to follow their example.
For ancestors who have come before us and for loved ones who now rest in light eternal:
We give you thanks, O God. Give us courage to follow their example.
For all of those who are to come after us:
We give you thanks, O God. Give us courage to live as faithful examples.
O let us give thanks to the Lord Our God,
Who was, who is, and who is still to come. Alleluia!

*Opening Hymn

United Methodist Hymnal #711
For All the Saints (Verses 1-5, 7)

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor’s crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!

O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Words: William W. How, 1864; Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906; Tune: Sine Nomine; From The United Methodist Hymnal, © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House, CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #2018957  

The New Testament Lesson

Iniva Ngaka

Revelation 21:1-6a from The New Revised Standard Version

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”

The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Reverend Cathy S. Gilliard

“They Still Live On”

Choral Anthem

“In Bright Mansions Above” by Roland Carter

Confession & Pardon

God has promised to make of us a new creation, laying to rest the former things, and making all things new. Trusting in God’s grace, let us confess our sin.

Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you came from heaven to dwell among us, calling us to be your faithful people. Yet we remain shrouded in sin. We hurt and disgrace ourselves; we abuse and destroy one another; we dishonor your holy name. Forgive us, we pray. Unbind us and let us go, so that we may stand among your saints, rejoicing in your saving love and grace. Through Jesus Christ our redeemer we pray. Amen.

Silent Prayer

The one who is seated on the throne says, “See, I am making all things new.” And now it is finished! Hear the good news: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

Thanks be to God! Alleluia!

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. We praise you for saints and martyrs, for the faithful in every age who have followed your Son and witnessed to his resurrection. From every race and tongue, from every people and nation, you have gathered them into your kingdom and shown them the path of life, filling them with the joy of your presence. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. Renew our communion with all your saints, especially Priscilla Nano, Ingrid Edmeade, Anna Delson, and all of those whom we remember before you this day.

At this time, you are invited to say aloud or silently the names of those who have passed.

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, strengthen us to run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and for ever.


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Holy Communion

Musical Reflection

Derrick Byars

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Choral Benediction

“God Be With You” by Derrick Byars


All scripture quotations used during service and listed in this bulletin are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Confession & Pardon reprinted by permission of Westminster John Knox Press from Feasting on the Word® Worship Companion, copyright © 2015. 

Portions of The Great Thanksgiving adapted from “The Great Thanksgiving for All Saints and Memorial Occasions” from The United Methodist Book of Worship, copyright © 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used with permission; and “Great Thanksgiving” for All Saints Day, from the Book of Common Worship, © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press. Used with permission.

All service music and hymns from The United Methodist Hymnal, copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; Reprinted by permission. CCLI License #11377965; Streaming License #20189579

Musical Setting for Sanctus from Deutsche Messe by Franz Schubert; adapt. by Richard Proulx; Adapt. copyright © 1985 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.;

Musical Setting for Memorial Acclamation from Deutsche Messe by Franz Schubert; arr. Charles H. Webb; Arr. copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; 

Musical Setting for Amen from Deutsche Messe by Franz Schubert; arr. Charles H. Webb; Arr. copyright © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House;