Resources for Worship on All Saints 2020

Clipart of some saints. From left to right: Peter, Catherine of Alexandria, Kevin of Glendalough (???), Mary of Egypt, and Francis (???).

These are resources for the Feast of All Saints on Sunday, November 1, 2020. The resources are gathered from a variety of sources and, while assembled mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, others may find them useful.

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The readings appointed by the Church of England in Common Worship for this Sunday, and which we are going to use at St Thomas Kefalas, are Revelation 7.9-17, Psalm 34.1-10, 1 John 3.1-3, and Matthew 5.1-12.

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We will meet in the Tabernacle of The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas. So please join us, if you can, at 11:00 am this Sunday, November 1, 2020.

If you cannot join in person you can participate on Zoom. Click this link, or enter the information at right into your Zoom app: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Password: 010209. My thanks to Jan Lovell for being the Zoom host last week.

Of course, you can also throw your own service together with the materials on this page – read the readings, pray the prayers, and sing with the hymns.

Sunday, November 8 is the Sunday closest to November 11, and so it is Remembrance Sunday. Normally we would gather down at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Souda, but the group of us who plan the ceremony, considering the pandemic and ongoing restrictions, have decided that we simply cannot gather there as if this was an ordinary year. As a congregation we will instead have a simple Act of Remembrance at the Tabernacle that Sunday; please arrive no later than ten minutes before 11:00 am, so that we can observe two minutes silence precisely at the eleventh hour.

Reflect

I’m still not sure what I will be preaching on – probably the Beatitudes, but we shall see. In the meantime here is a sermon from 2009 by Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, now the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Baron Williams of Oystermouth.

Pray

Collect
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
that you have prepared for those who truly love you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

(or)

God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age:
as we rejoice in the faith of your saints,
inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Biddings
I bid your prayers for the Church:

I bid your prayers for the leaders and people of the nations; especially

  • Katerini Sakellaropoulou, President of Greece, and
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and her other realms, and also in her role as Governor of the Church of England;
  • In the European Union,
    • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission;
    • Charles Michel, President of the European Council; and
    • Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy;
  • For negotiations around Brexit;
  • the peoples of Belarus, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and Thailand as they continue to demonstrate for democracy and justice;
  • for peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and between Russia and Ukraine;
  • for the peoples of the United States as they enter the last week before their elections;
  • for advocates of Indigenous rights and the adoption and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  • prisoners and captives, especially the over one million Uigers being held in detention in China;
  • for a lessening of tensions between Turkey and Greece; and
  • for peace in Yemen, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, and between Palestinians and Israelis.

I bid your prayers for the sick and suffering and all who minister to their needs;

  • remembering the over 11 million active cases of the novel coronavirus, and mourning with the families of the almost 1.2 million who have died in the pandemic;
  • for the almost one million people in the UK with covid-19, the 46,000 who have died of it there, and the 25,000 active cases here in Greece, and the families of the over 615 dead here;
  • and also remembering those ill with other diseases, and those whose operations have been postponed;
  • the over 79.5 million refugees and nearly 4 million stateless person, remembering especially the crucial situation of Greece.

Intercession
United in the company of all the faithful and looking for the coming of the kingdom,
let us offer our prayers to God, the source of all life and holiness.

Merciful Lord,
strengthen all Christian people by your Holy Spirit,
that we may live as a royal priesthood and a holy nation
to the praise of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.

Bless Robert and David our bishops and all ministers of your Church,
that by faithful proclamation of your word
we may be built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets
into a holy temple in the Lord.
Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.

Empower us by the gift of your holy and life-giving Spirit,
that we may be transformed into the likeness of Christ
from glory to glory.
Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.

Give to the world and its peoples
the peace that comes from above,
that they may find Christ’s way of freedom and life.
Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.

Hold in your embrace all who witness to your love in the
service of the poor and needy;
all who minister to the sick and dying;
and all who bring light to those in darkness.
Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.

Touch and heal all those whose lives are scarred by sin
or disfigured by pain,
that, raised from death to life in Christ,
their sorrow may be turned to eternal joy.
Lord, in your mercy
All   hear our prayer.

Remember in your mercy all those gone before us
who have been well-pleasing to you from eternity;
preserve in your faith your servants on earth,
guide us to your kingdom and grant us your peace at all times.
Lord in your mercy
All   Hear our prayer.

Hasten the day when many will come
from east and west, from north and south,
and sit at table in your kingdom.
Lord in your mercy
All   Hear our prayer.

We give you thanks
for the whole company of your saints in glory,
with whom in fellowship we join our prayers and praises;
by your grace may we, like them, be made perfect in your love.

Blessing and glory and wisdom,
thanksgiving and honour and power,
be to our God for ever and ever.
All   Amen.

Sing

For All The Saints

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-bryant-scott-4205501a/
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