Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year’s All Saints readings have the most tears. Isaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears; in John’s gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners before he demonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a foretaste of Isaiah’s feast to come.
WORSHIP NOTES FOR TODAY
Offerings and tithes will be collected by the ushers in the Narthex (the great entrance hall) following worship. If you would like to make an offering using your smart phone or tablet, go to www.SouthminsterChurch.org and click on the Donate link.
All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, wherever the “+” appears within the liturgy. The sign of the cross, as explained and demonstrated in the 2018 edition of the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, is an ancient silent form of prayer which dates to the early 1st century church. A typical pattern for making the sign of the cross involves holding your thumb and first two fingers together (as a sign of the Trinity) and touching your forehead, lower chest, and both shoulders.
PRELUDE: King’s Lynn- Traditional English melody; setting by Charles Callahan
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
As a matter of hospitality, we invite everyone to fill out information in the red fellowship pad found on each pew at the center aisle and pass it down so everyone may be greeted by name during the passing of the peace. Written announcements can be found at the back of the bulletin.
CHORAL INTROIT: O Christ Who Shared Our Mortal Life- text: Herman Stuempfle; music: John B. Dykes; setting by P. F. Tillen
CALL TO WORSHIP & PRAYER OF THE DAY (Rev. 7:15)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Alleluia. St. John the Divine writes about the Saints: “They are before the throne of God,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.” Alleluia.
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
GATHERING HYMN # 325 By All Your Saints Still Striving (verses 1&5)
PRAYER OF RECONCILIATION
Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God,
who calls us into an everlasting hope,
who guides us to springs of the water of life,
who enlightens us with the spirit of wisdom.
One with the communion of saints in all times and places,
let us confess our sin against God and one another.
Silence for reflection and self-examination.
O God, our merciful redeemer,
we confess the ways we live only for ourselves.
We fail to see you in our neighbor’s face.
We turn our ears from voices that cry out.
We pass by the hungry and the oppressed.
In your great mercy, forgive our sin
and strengthen us for service to all in need;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the mercy of almighty God,
Jesus Christ was given to die for you,
and for + his sake,
God forgives you all your sin.
Blessed are you! Rejoice and be glad,
beloved people of God.
Since God has embraced us in, with and through our Risen Lord, Jesus the Christ, let us then forgive and embrace one another in the love and peace of God. The Peace of Christ be with you all. And also with you.
OFFERING OF MUSIC: Shine Like the Sun- text: John Ylvisaker; music: traditional Scottish; setting by Karen E. Black
CHILDREN’S TIME & PRESENTATION OF BIBLES
ALL SING # 487 These Precious Children (verses 1 & 4)
SUNG PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION # 461 As Dew Falls Gently at Dawn
FIRST READING: Isaiah 25:6-9
Isaiah sees a vision of the end of days, when the Lord will gather all God’s people on God’s holy mountain and will prepare for them a rich feast. At this banquet the Lord will wipe the tears from all eyes. And there will be no more sorrow, for God will destroy death itself.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 24, HYMN # 93 Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
GOSPEL: John 11:32-44
Through the raising of Lazarus, Jesus offers the world a vision of the life to come, when death and weeping will be no more.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
With the people of God gathered here and throughout the world, we offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.
A brief silence.
Lord God, Sovereign of all creation, draw us into your presence, and transform us to be a holy people. Bless us through your word and holy meal to show your uncommon love to others. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Move us to reinvigorate polluted waters and air, renew fallow fields, and revive natural habitats that have been destroyed. Open our eyes to the bounty you have given us, and inspire us to tend to it. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Fill our public servants, and we who elect them to office, with your wisdom. Let your justice flow through our governments and institutions. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Unbind those who are burdened by illness or grief (especially). Wipe away the tears of those who cannot see your life through the weight of their affliction. Be with those who will die today. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Strengthen and bless this congregation’s ministries of outreach, healing, and hospitality (here specific congregationalministries may be named). Make us eager to receive those you send to us. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We bless you for the lives of the saints who now rejoice in your salvation face-to-face. Join us with all whom you have made righteous. We remember on this great day of commemorations all those who have died during the past year and whose death is still fresh on our memory and hearts. We remember:
Carol Walter, Dennis Punches, Myrtle Nelson, Rick Marlow,
Don McLean, Kevin Mclean, Wally Rose, Nicole Olson,
Bill & Dorothy Williams, Bob & Posy White,
Diana Stearman Lawrence, Elizabeth Bristol,
Robert & Geraldine Ackerberg, Elmer & Ruth Clausz
Preserve us in eternal life as we also commemorate this week: Søren Kierkegaard; Raïssa Maritain; Hilda of Whitby; Little Sister Magdeleine of Jesus; Albert Camus, John Duns Scotus; Gertrude the Great; Kanten; Winoc; Elijah Parish Lovejoy; John Milton; Benignus; and Leo the Great. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Enfold all things in your compassion, O God, and bring us into your life through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
INVITATION TO DISCIPLESHIP & STEWARDSHIP (Rev. 21:1-6a)
St. John the Divine in his Book of the Revelation imparts a vision of the new heaven and new earth in which God resides fully with God’s people so that mourning, despair, and pain have been eradicated. These renewing words from the God who spans all of time are trustworthy and true.
Let us therefore offer ourselves in service to those God loves.
Let us offer our sacrifices to build community, bring peace, and be a blessing to those in need throughout the world. Amen.
During this time of offering you are encouraged to take a moment to be in prayer with God and reflect on what is means to be a student or disciple of Jesus Christ. The Gospel understanding of discipleship is a way of being in the world that affects every relationship. Disciples shape one another according to the action of the Spirit in their lives. The energy of the disciples flows from faith in what is unseen yet believed. At its very core, discipleship is a call to a love so radical that it never gives up on God, one’s neighbor, or one’s self. How is God calling you to use your gifts, talents, time and resources to love radically, especially as a part of this worshipping community?
OFFERTORY: Prelude on a Scottish Melody- setting by P. F. Tillen (2017)
HYMN OF PRAISE # 647 Give Thanks
PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Creator God, you made everything, and you provide for every need. The bread we break and the cup we pour come from you. As we eat and drink with thanksgiving, fill us with your love; let that love flow through us to others; and join us to the saints before us in a holy and boundless communion; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE (Matt. 5; Ps. 34: 8)
Blessed are you who hunger for justice, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who thirst for righteousness, for you will drink deeply of the cup of joy. Blessed are you who yearn for reconciliation, for you will find peace. Blessed are you who are persecuted in the name of religion, for yours is the commonwealth of heaven. Blessed are we— for Christ calls us to his table, where there is room for everyone, and plenty for all. O taste and see that the Lord is good.
GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING (EUCHARIST)
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. We praise you for saints and martyrs, for the faithful in every age who have followed your Son and witnessed to his resurrection. From every race and tongue, from every people and nation, you have gathered them into your kingdom. You have shown them the path of life and filled them with the joy of your presence. How glorious is your heavenly realm where the multitude of your saints rejoice with Christ!
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name:
ALL SING # 559
You are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Sent to be our Savior, he took our flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. His words are true. His touch brings healing. To all who follow him, he gives abundant life. When evil sought to destroy him, and he lay in the darkness of death, you raised him from the grave. He is our risen Lord forever!
Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. Praise to you, Lord Jesus:
Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.
Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ, and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place.
As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world.
Number us among your saints, O God, and join us with the faithful of every age, that strengthened by their witness and supported by their fellowship, we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us, and may with them receive the unfading crown of glory when we stand before your throne of grace.
Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, when with the redeemed of all the ages we will feast with you at your table in glory.
Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, now and forever, 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
BREAKING OF THE BREAD
Hunger no more. Thirst no more.
Come to the banquet of life.
We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
In the same way Jesus took the cup, saying:
This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me.
Hunger no more. Thirst no more.
Come to the banquet of life.
All are welcome to the Lord’s Table. As a matter of hospitality, all communion bread is gluten free and the wine is non-alcoholic. Please come to the Table by the center aisle, receive a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, commune, and then return to your pew by the outer aisles. If you are not able to comfortably come forward for communion, a server will come to you.
PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION & BLESSING
Sovereign God, in this meal you give us a foretaste of the great feast to come. Keep us faithful to you, that we, with all your saints, may at length celebrate the marriage feast of the Lamb, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gracious God, you took the form of a servant, offering yourself as food, comfort, and strength to a sick and hurting world. Anoint with a servant heart those who take your word and sacrament to our sisters and brothers in their homes, prisons, and hospitals.
Grant grace, mercy, healing, and hope to those who feast on your body and blood and receive your words of new life. May we all recognize that we have a place and a home
in the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
The love of God surround you; the grace of + Christ release you; and the Holy Spirit be your guide and strength, now and forevermore. Amen.
SENDING HYMN # 326 For All the Saints
POSTLUDE: When the Saints Go Marching In- Traditional American song; setting by Carsten Gerlitz
NOTES: Order of service and content is in accord with the Presbyterian Church’s Directory for Worship. Prayers are from the Sundays and Seasons (Year B), Glory to God Hymnal on-line, and the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship (2018). Commemoration of Saints is from the 2018 Book of Common Worship, pg 1145.
BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HEALING HEARTS OF WAUKESHA
Waukesha Area Symphonic Band Presents “SEASONS” on Friday November 9, 2018 at 7:30pm. Proceeds go the Healing Hearts of Waukesha County. Admission is $10. Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, 218 N East Ave, Waukesha, 53189.
Help provide animals for people in need around the world as a way of giving some much need resources. Currently, the Church School is raising money for Heifer Project to buy bees. How many can we get? Please help support the children in their mission by contributing to their effort. Please make out your check to Southminster and put Heifer Project in the memo line. God bless!
We explored the Woman at the Well in October. We learned many things including: how important clean water is, what it takes to make it clean, how nice it is to have water come into our homes (carrying water from our “well” helped us see how much work it can be!), how the Samaritan and Jewish people felt about each other and where Samaria and Judea were located.
In November, we will discuss Jesus and the Children. This lesson comes from Matthew 19:13-15 and focuses on how the Disciples and many people of the time didn’t want children to disturb them. When parents wanted Jesus to bless their children, the Disciples tried to push them away, but Jesus felt differently. He said “The kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these” as he blessed them.
Stop off in Nelson hall for the coffee hour first. We will begin in the basement Room 102 around 10:45. We are starting to collect for Bees, so remember your offering! The K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes will rotate separately after our opening and we will conclude around 11:45.
Nov 4th – Focus on Games and Cooking*
*We will be making a nut free trail mix. Please let Claire Kohlmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if there are any other allergies.
Nov. 11th – Focus on Theater and Art
Nov. 18th – Focus on Spiritual Practices and Science
Nov. 25th – No Church School
Dec. 2nd – Focus on Mission and Advent
Dec. 9th – Pageant practice during the Church School hour
Dec. 16th – Pageant during service, no Church School for K-5th
Church School resumes on Jan 6th!
Adult & Youth
Today’s Adult Study
Sundays, Nov 4, 11, 18 Presbyterians and Puerto Rico with Pastor Christian. The group will hear about Pastor Christian’s spring continuing education trip to Puerto Rico where he visited with the presbyteries and their leaders, as well as heard their stories and saw the hurricane devastation (from which the island still is struggling to recuperate). Nov 4 will be the sharing of the experience and what Pastor Christian learned in his three months of studies about PR before visiting.
Reservations and payments can now be made for the Santa Lucia breakfast and celebration. Sales will continue until all seats are sold. Reservations can be made through the church office (262)547-5100. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. Prices are $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 5-10 and free for those 4 years and under. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Nov. 19th! Santa Lucia will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Doors will open at 8:45!
MUSIC OF FAITH: November 9, 2018, 8pm
St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, Oconomowoc
Adults $15, seniors $13; tickets available at the door, at Waukesha State Bank, or at choralunion.org
The Waukesha Choral Union is pleased to be joined on their fall concert by choirs from surrounding Waukesha County churches, and the Chancel Choir from SPC is proud to be one of those featured choirs. In addition to the Choral Union’s performance, each choir will perform a few selections on their own, and join voices with singers from all across the Waukesha area in a mass choir finale.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A PROGRESSIVE DINNER SPONSORED BY SPC’S FUN AND FELLOWSHIP TEAM
WHEN: Saturday November 17 4:30-8:30 pm
WHERE: First, we will all meet together for appetizers at Avalon Square. Next, we will travel to separate, prearranged homes for a dinner. Lastly, we will all meet together for desserts at the home of Bill and Jan Leech. In case of inclement weather, we will do desserts at church. You can participate in the whole event, join when you can, or leave early if needed.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY: Everyone will sign up to bring an appetizer OR a dessert if able. The meals will be funded by a small donation to be determined (~$10). If you would like transportation throughout the event please indicate that when you sign up and we will arrange a carpool for you.
HOW: Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Narthex OR call, talk to, or email Jody Leinss (email@example.com; 262-993-8675), Heather Hein (firstname.lastname@example.org; 262-422-7408) or Jan Leech (email@example.com; 414-550-2480).
This is an adult only event. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting!
COME, MEET SOME NEW FRIENDS AND JOIN IN ON THE FUN!
CHRISTMAS CLEARING COUNCIL
The Deacons are going to support some families for Christmas through the Christmas Clearing Council. Usually just the Deacons pitch in with money to cover two families.
What would happen if we asked the whole congregation to join in support of Christmas Clearing Council? We hope to find out. The Deacon’s have placed envelopes and information about the Christmas Clearing Council in each pew. Please join the Deacons in their ministry to the community of Waukesha during the Christmas Holiday season.