Season’s Meanings: Hallowed, Holly, Holy We begin a series that takes us from All Saints through the secular and sacred festivals that conclude with “New Years”. Once November hits the north country there can be no denying – winter is coming home. So much of the world around us seems to die or go dormant during these cold months. Even the sun leans away from us, leaving us in the dark.
People in every culture find ways to remember loved ones – special altars or shrines appear along roadsides. Photos and flowers are lovingly placed on a table in the corner of a room. Faith steps in to the intensely empty space death creates. Followers of Jesus believe he is with us – in life, in death, and beyond death. This isn’t wishful thinking. It is faith that gives us the hope that what lies ahead, no matter how shrouded in the unknown, is blessed, holy, and held in the hands of Love; and nothing can separate us from that Love.
This week we do as parishioners in this church have done for a number of years – we will create a bouquet that becomes part of our altar decoration. We make an arrangement of our memories, recalling for us the love, life, and joy of relationships. Our hearts once again bend under the burden of the sadness of separation, and our spirits rest in the hands of a hope for safety and peace for loved ones passed from this world.
We Gather and Sing …
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – UMH #703
We Pray Together: Psalm 23 UMH P. 754
All Saints Prayer & Bouquet – Bright Eyes—A. Garfunkel
We invite those of you who have brought flowers in honor and memory of loved ones to bring them forward and, if you so desire, to speak the name of your loved one into the microphone.
Glory to God in the Highest, and Peace to God’s People on Earth
We Receive the Message …
Message for Young Disciples
Scripture Lesson: Exodus 16:1-4
Today’s Message: “Go Back No More”
We Respond …
Tithes & Offerings
The Great Thanksgiving
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us … and grant us your peace.
Communion Hymn Abide With Me – UMH #700
Sharing our Life Together
We Are Sent …
With Singing & Blessing: Give Me Jesus
In the morning when I rise … Give me Jesus.
You can have all this world. Give me Jesus.
Link to Danny and Annie
Link to Scene from Polyanna – Death Comes Unexpectedly
Link to “Five Regrets”
Garfunkel’s “Bright Eyes”