The Rev. David Gunderson’s Sermon for Nov. 2, 2014, and the Litany of All the Saints


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The Feast of All Saints

 The Collect of the Day

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.

The First Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17

After this I, John, looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.

“Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from? “I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows. ”

Then he said to me, “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. For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The Psalm: Psalm 34:1-8

1    I will bless the LORD at all times; * his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2    I will glory in the LORD; * let the humble hear and rejoice.

3    Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD; * let us exalt his Name together.

4    I sought the LORD, and he answered me * and delivered me out of all my terror.

5    Look upon him and be radiant, * and let not your faces be ashamed.

6    I called in my affliction and the LORD heard me * and saved me from all my troubles.

7    The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him, * and he will deliver them.

8    Taste and see that the LORD is good; * happy are they who trust in him!

The Second Lesson: 1 John 3:1-3

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 

The Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“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.”

A Litany of All the Saints

 Holy ones present at our beginnings:         

Stand Here Beside Us!

Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Rachel and Leah, makers of the covenant, forebears of our race:

Stand Here Beside Us!

Elizabeth and Simeon, Joseph, Monica and Helen, exemplars in the love and care of children:

Stand Here Beside Us!

John the baptizer, map-maker of the Lord’s coming:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Thomas the doubter; Augustine of Canterbury; Francis Xavier; Samuel Joseph Schereschewsky;

all travelers who carried the Gospel to distant places:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Bernard and Dominic; Catherine of Siena, the scourge of popes;

John and Charles Wesley, preachers in the streets;

all whose power of speaking gave life to the written word:   

Stand Here Beside Us!

Benedict of Nursia, Teresa of Avila; Nicholas Ferrar; Elizabeth Ann Seton; Richard Meux Benson; Charles de Foucauld;

all founders of communities:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Holy ones who gave their lives to the care of others:   

Stand Here Beside Us!

Louis, king of France; Margaret, queen of Scotland; Gandhi the mahatma, reproach to the churches;

Dag Hammarskjold the bureaucrat; all who made governance an act of faith:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Peter of the keys, denier of the Lord; Ambrose of Milan, who answered the Church’s summons;

Hilda, abbess at Whitby; Robert Grosseteste, bishop of Lincoln, protector of the Jews;

Jean-Baptiste Vianney, cure d’ Ars,

Patient hearer of catalogues of sins; All faithful shepherds of the Master’s flock:

Stand Here Beside Us!

Mary Magdalen, anointer of the Lord’s feet; Luke the physician;

Francis who kissed the leper; Florence Nightingale; Albert Schweitzer;

all who brought to the sick and suffering the hands of healing:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Holy ones who made the proclaiming of God’s love a work of art:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Pierluigi da Palestrina; John Merbecke; Johann Sebastian Bach;

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Benjamin Britten; Duke Ellington;

all who sang the Creator’s praises in the language of the soul:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

David and the Psalmists; Caedmon; John Milton, sketcher of Paradise;

William Blake, builder of Jerusalem; John Mason Neale, preserver of the past; all poets of the celestial vision:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Zaccheus the tree-climber; Brother Lawrence; Therese of Lisieux, the little flower;

Andrew of Glasshampton; all cultivators of holy simplicity:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Holy ones haunted by the justice and mercy of God:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Amos of Tekoa, who held up the plumbline; John Wycliffe, who brought the Scripture to the common folk;

John Hus and Menno Simons, generals in the Lamb’s war;

Martin Luther, who could do no other; George Fox, foe of steeple-houses; all who kept the Church ever-reforming:   

Stand Here Beside Us!

Paul the apostle, transfixed by noonday light;

Pelagius, defender of freedom; Thomas Aquinas, architect of the divine; Charles Williams, teacher of coinherence;

Karl Barth, knower of the unknowable; all who saw God at work and wrote down what they saw:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

John, the seer of Patmos; Anthony of the desert;

Julian, the anchoress of Norwich; Hildegarde, the sybil of the Rhine; Meister Eckardt; Bernadette of Lourdes;

all who were called to see the Master’s face:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Joachim of Fiora, prophet of the new age; Johnny Appleseed, mad planter of Eden;

Sojourner Truth, pilgrim of justice; Benedict Joseph Labre, priest and panhandler;

all whose love for God was beyond containment:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Holy ones who died in witness to the Christ:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Stephen the deacon, the first martyr, stoned in Jerusalem: Justin, Ignatius and Polycarp, who refused the incense to Caesar:

Perpetua and Felicity, torn by beasts in the arena at Carthage:

Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, burned in Oxford:

Maximilian Kolbe and Edith Stein, put to death at Auschwitz:

James Reeb, Jonathan Daniels, Michael Schwerner, Medgar Evers, Viola Liuzzo, shot in the South:

Martin Luther King, shot in Memphis:

Janani Luwum, shot in Kampala: Oscar Romero, shot in San Salvador:

Martyrs of Rome, of Lyons, of Japan, of Eastern Equatorial Africa, of Uganda, of Melanesia, martyrs of everywhere:    

Stand Here Beside Us! Holy ones of every time and place:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Glorious company of heaven:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

All runners of the celestial race:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Great cloud of witnesses:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Mary most holy, chief of the saints:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Mary most holy, yes-sayer to God:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Mary most holy, unmarried mother:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Mary most holy, gate of heaven and ark of the covenant:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Jesus our liberator, creator of all:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Jesus our liberator, redeemer of all:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Jesus our liberator, sanctifier of all:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

Jesus our liberator, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end:                

Stand Here Beside Us!

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