Former St. Luke’s Methodist, Houston organist Bob Bennett has been caring for his wife for some time. She is now well enough that he can take organ playing jobs in the Houston area. Bob is an outstanding liturgical organist. He can play any hymn in any key and modulate in his sleep. If you have need, contact him at email@example.com.
November 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Pastor Marcia Kifer adds this liturgy for our consideration:
Confession and Forgiveness
Pastor: On this All Saints Sunday we remember that we are God’s saintly people. Yet, while we live on this earth, full sainthood eludes us. Our sinful nature causes us to disobey the will of God. We are sinners. Let us confess our sin.
Silence for reflection and self-examination
Pastor: Merciful God,
People: We confess to you that the good we want to do we cannot do. The sin we try to avoid consumes us. We have sinned against you by what we have done and by what we have left undone. Forgive us, Lord.
Pastor: With joy, I declare to you that the blood of Christ was shed for you. In his blood, you are washed clean. Know that you are forgiven; live as saints of God.
People: We have been washed clean through the blood of the Lamb. Thanks be to God!
Song “White As Snow” MSFP&W #35
Thanksgiving for the Saints
Pastor: On this All Saints Sunday, we remember the words from Revelation: “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?”
People: “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.”
Pastor: Today we give thanks for those who have joined the Christian family through the sacrament of Baptism. These are the newest saints of God at Living Water:
Tanner Robert Sloneker, Austin Frederick Liburdi and Cassidy Lucille Achterfeldt.
The waters of baptism have washed them clean and they are united with Christ for life.
People: O Lord, we thank you for these new Christians who are called to love and serve you in holiness and righteousness.
Pastor: Today we remember with thanksgiving all those who have gone before us, who “are before the throne of God and worship him day and night within his temple.” These are Living Water saints who have departed this year:
Cleo McCoy and Harold Bolm
Grant them heavenly peace.
People: O Lord, we thank you for these saints who have served you faithfully and now live with you forever. May their faith be a source of inspiration for all who strive to live and die in Christ.
Pastor: Let us pray. Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
People: Grant us grace 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 Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.