For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest,
This song, and the music that accompanies it, was written to serve as a processional for worship on All Saints’ Day, which we will be celebrating in worship this Sunday, November 5.
All Saints’ Day (traditionally November 1) is a Christian day of remembrance that has been celebrated since the ninth century. In the Reformed tradition, the emphasis is not on those formally designated as saints by the church but rather on the whole people of God, including the ordinary lives of believers now and in every time. On All Saints’ Day we remember with gratitude those who, in the words of Hebrews 12, are part of the “great cloud of witnesses” who have inspired, encouraged, and guided us in faith.
During worship this Sunday, everyone will have the opportunity (if desired) to light a candle in remembrance of a loved one or loved ones, to burn throughout our service as a witness to their life. I encourage you to reflect this week on the person or people you are remembering with gratitude.
Another aspect of All Saints’ Day is the chance for self-reflection—to consider how we are living as Christian witnesses in our own lives, shaping and encouraging others in faith. So consider: to whom are you a light and inspiration? How are you encouraging and lifting up those around you? Invite God to strengthen you in your journey of faith and witness, as we honor this All Saints’ Day.
God’s blessing and peace be with you,
Scripture for Sunday: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14