Preparation for All Saints Day Observance

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Please take a moment to look over the liturgy of observance and consider those whose names you might want to speak as part of the shared time together on Sunday. Making some time to count the blessings of those who have influenced and help to shape your walk with God is a worthwhile exercise of gratitude and a source of encouragement!


ALL SAINTS DAY OBSERVANCE
With Libation

Pour libation as the names are called. More than one reader may be used.

Note: In Africana Christian worship, a libation is a small amount of liquid, usually water, poured out in memory or in honor of an ancestor — living or dead. In Africana Christian worship, libations are never meant as worship, but as a gesture of inclusion, remembrance and respect — much as candles are traditionally used at All Saints’ Worship observances. The candles lit at All Saints’ Worship observances are an acknowledgement that our loved ones in Christ are not gone forever, the light that was lit in their hearts when they came into the family of God continues to shine in the presence of God. The symbolism of water poured in libation suggests that the ancestors — respected members of our community, both living and dead — who are physically absent from the assembly are part of us, and that a portion of what we have, usually water, has been reserved for them as though they were present. Just as candles are lit in memory or in honor of departed saints in traditional All Saints’ Day observances, water may be poured out in memory or in honor of departed saints or living saints in Africana All Saints’ Day observances.

On this Day of the Saints, let us give honor to those who hallowed this earth by their prayers and by the way they walked in the light of God. Let us remember the giants of faith on whose shoulders we stand.

Abraham
Jacob
Deborah
Ruth
David
Esther

On this Day of the Saints, let us give honor to those who empowered by the Holy Spirit established God’s church, giving life, blood, soul, and strength that we might have a right to the tree of life.

Peter
Mary, mother of Jesus
John
Lydia
Paul
Priscilla

On this Day of the Saints, let us give honor to those who hallowed the struggle for faith, hope, and love by sacrificing to create a beloved community. Let us remember these blessed ones whose example we should follow.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dorothy Day
Those who inspire you

On this Day of the Saints, let us give honor to those who built our families, who sacrificed for our well-being, who built up our church, who founded institutions of learning, who braved the storm, who fought the good fight and who may still be fighting on. We stand on their shoulders!

The worshiping community is invited to call out the names of the saints, they wish to honor from their families and communities.

[When all have finished]

Merciful God, we thank you for the Saints!