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Worship Service, Sunday, November 1, 2020

All Saints Day
The Original Congregational Church


Order of Worship




PRELUDE “Dona Nobis Pacem” Palestrina,       arr. Larry Sue       Wrentham Wringers Quartet

Thank you for connecting with us for Sunday morning devotions! Here at the OCC we have returned to live, in-person worship in our Sanctuary on Sundays with masking, social distancing and limited capacity. We continue to post music, message, and a prayer that you may be in a spirit of worship with us wherever you may be today. This week we celebrate All Saint’s Day and the gift of beautiful soul companions.

HYMN      For All The Saints

Psalm 16:3 “The Saints”
As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

SERMON “Who’s a Saint?”–orssj-QZsFDyuqMGQHlqRehwfIV/view?usp=sharing
Hey Everyone! PK here!
Today we are celebrating All Saint’s Day.
Who’s a saint? Are you a saint? I bet you are always well behaved, right? Of course you are!
In the church, a saint is someone who does amazing things for faith. Some saints are super famous.
You know Saint Mary is the mother of Jesus. Saint Joseph is Jesus’ father. Saint Peter is called the rock on which Jesus built the church. Saint Paul wrote letters to the people in the early days of the church. Later on Saint Francis talked to the animals. Saint Patrick’s Day gave us shamrock shakes and green bagels. And on Saint Valentine’s Day we send cards and candy with hearts on them.
Here in Franklin where I live, the patron saint of St. Mary’s parish is called Saint Rocco. He is the patron saint of pets and those with knee injuries. Wow, that’s pretty cool.
Not all saints are famous. As a matter of fact there are way more regular saints than famous ones.
Why is that? It’s because in God’s eyes, everyone can be a saint. You don’t have to be known by everybody.
All you do is to be loving and caring to all the people you meet and live with.
The title “Saint” means to be “Holy.”
Being holy is when we remember we are different. We are special. We are sent by God to do great things.
On All Saint’s Day we remember all the special people in our life that do amazing things for us with love.
We remember grandparents and parents, uncles and aunts, brothers and sisters, teachers and coaches, lunch ladies and custodians, people who run the food pantry, those who give shelter to the homeless, nurses and doctors who make us well, and come to think of it, everyone who does good things for others.
So, are you a saint too? You betcha!
Whenever you say kind things, and are helpful and sharing, and doing good things for others, you are being a saint. You are one of God’s most special saints. Only you can do the things you can do for all the special people in your life right now! Good job! I’m proud of you. Let’s get out there and be holy!
If you could choose, what would you be the saint of? With God’s help, you can do it! Amen.

Let us pray.
Dear God, thank you for all the special saints you sent to me in my life. I love my grandparents and my parents. I love my brothers and sisters. I love my teachers and those who care for me. I love my friends who make me smile and we have good times. Your saints are the best! Thank you for blessing me with soul companions that never leave me.
Oh Lord, the special people in my life make me feel safe. They remind me that we all are your beloved. In you we all can be holy and do amazing things. I am filled with happiness to be near your saints. When I remember them and think of them, delight rises up from my heart and I want to share that with everyone I meet.
Love is what I choose to be about. Wherever I go, help me to be more holy. That’s who I really want to be. Dear God, bless me to know what to do. Night and day guide me with your words. Even when its dark, help me to see the light. Even if I am afraid, watch over me and protect me. Send me a saint to show me the way.
Dear God with all my soul companions to lead me, let me never fall into despair, but in the presence of great love, let my life be ever filled to overflowing with joy. Thank you for everyone who lives with great love. And let us pray the way Jesus taught us saying…

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 and ever. Amen.

POSTLUDE    “Hope for Tomorrow”     Sandra Eithun        Composed in 2020 for the Pandemic                                                   Wrentham wRingers Quartet

May God bless you with beautiful soul companions that uplift you and carry you through every day! Amen.