Worship Through The Week

Our All Saints Day prayer:

God who shares in the frailty of our bodies and the troubles of our souls. You allowed yourself to suffer death, and you wept at the tomb of Lazarus, your beloved friend. You know how grief can turn even the richest food into a feast of ashes in our mouth. Be patient, we pray, when we are deeply troubled in contemplating the deaths of those we love. Wait with us as we grieve, as you waited with Lazarus' sisters when they fell at your feet and made you a gift of their tears. If you wait with us, then our grief will not swallow our hope. Though the the wait is long for the day of resurrection, we can be patient so long as we wait with you.

We wait with the earth, and all that is in it, for everything is yours and all is restless until it rests in you.We strain our eyes to seek your face, shining in the light of your glory. But how can we perceive your glory unless our hears and our desires are refined as purest gold, to shine unflinching in your light? Even when you come to us in the humble means of bread and wine, we cannot perceive you as long as we glory in our sin, or shield it from your light. Refine us and wash us Lord. In just a moment, when we confess our sins, we ask not only that you would forgive, but that you would transform us by alloying your strength with ours. Give us clean hands and pure hearts, so that we might receive Holy Communion and see in it a glimpse of the feast that awaits to strengthen us when you come in glory.

On that day, you will call all peoples to the feast you have prepared. Those who have eaten the ashes of grief and sin will fill their mouths with pure wine and choice food. You yourself will swallow death itself; you will seat us at table with the saints, and you will dab every tear from our eyes. On this, All Saint's Day, fill us with hope and signs of this coming feast, so that our holy senses may be fed so that we are strong enough to see wherever your will is being done on earth as it is in heaven. Let us walk with our heads lifted up and saying "Look, this is our God, for whom we have waited, and he has saved us! Let us be glad and rejoice," in the one who is answering the cries of our heart as we pray:

"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 trespassses as we for give those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Scriptures supporting our prayer were Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelation 21:1-6a, and John 11:32-44

Have a good day in the Lord!