All Saints Day

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Prayers of the People

God you have been with us throughout the ages.

You have bore witness to the ways in which the story of us – of all that has come into being – has been woven together piece by piece, life by life.

We recognize, today, that it is because of the saints who have gone before us, that we are. Those who have struggled for justice, who have given so that others may live more freely – we would not be, if not for them.

In remembrance and gratitude, we name the saints who hungered for righteousness and whose sacrifices have contributed to a more just society:

(community names individuals)

Because of those who have loved us – those who have nurtured us, embraced us, celebrated us, or supported us. We are because they were. In remembrance and gratitude, we name the saints who have shaped our lives and being.

(community names individuals)

We also hold in remembrance the ones whose lives were taken by injustice, the ones who never knew their own belovedness, the ones who passed on our faith, the ones who gave us art, gave us song, gave us poetry. We are because they were.

Like us, we know they were imperfect too. There is no life that is not messy and contradictory, often betraying the very justice and love we seek to embody. And yet, you, O God, promise that our labor to Love is never made in vain.

Help us to lean on the witness of those who have gone before us, drawing on the love, justice, community, and faith that weaves us together, generation after generation – past, present, and future.

With gratitude and in remembrance we pray, Amen.

To the Saints:

How do we say thank you?

To you who





To you who showed us

what incredible things

humans are capable of

under the most

challenging of circumstances.


We kneel to your courage.

We pray to acquire your faith.

We praise God,

the Divine in you.


Are you with us still,

in these days of grief?


Are you companioning us

in this long journey to justice





at the vanity

of it all?


Will you tell us your secrets?

Whisper softly in our direction

about when you wanted to quit,

when you got tired,

when you weren’t sure

if any of it mattered

or if it was worth

the costs.


What kept you going?


Was it your own prayers

to the saints

who went before you?

>Did you long to make them proud?


Was it seeing God

>in your people

yearning to live



Was it us – the future ones,

now enfleshed?


More important than your answers

is simply your assurance that

you asked the same questions

as budding prophets today

and kept living love


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