. . . Then he [Jesus] began to speak, . . . “Blessed are . . .. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
From sermon4kids.com: “What we need to do is learn that if we will just go about our business and trust in the Lord, happiness will follow us wherever we go.”
image by Elise Ritter (see below)
Scripture: November 5, 2017—Celebration of All Saints—Rev 7:9-17, Ps 34:1-10, 22, 1 John 3:1-3, & Matt 5:1-12
Collect: Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Reflection: This week’s readings describe the coming realm of God. How does the reality of heaven shape your life in prayer and in service?
Sunday School 9:15 am—there’s a seat with your name on it!
Eye Candy: “River of Life“, by Jan Richardson; “All Saints Day” by Vasilii Kandinsky; “Communion of Saints” by Elise Ritter
Ear Worm: “For all the saints” two ways: Indellible Grace and congregational singing, this is visually appealing too; “I sing a song of the saints of God” sung by kids (forgive the initial seconds when the image is sideways)
Brain Food: “All Saints Day: Facing Death” from Huffington Post; “Blessed“, poem by Steve Garnass-Holmes from Unfolding light weblog; “What is a saint?“, self-guided retreat from At the edge of the enclosure weblog
Movies/Videos: “There’s something about Mary“, two suitors who are in love with how Mary makes them feel; “Bedazzled“, “blessed are the persecuted”; “The Cider House Rules“, “blessed are the pure in heart”
Conversation this week – bring your anti-workbooks