Inclusive Lectionary All Saints’ Day Nov 06

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READINGS

Revelation 7:9-17

Psalm 34:1-10

1 John 3:1-3

Matthew 5:1-12

 

OPENING PRAYER

Holy God,

you call your people to reflect your glory.

As we keep the festival of your saints,

give us their meekness, their poverty of spirit,

their thirst for justice, and their purity of heart.

And as we follow their example,

may we share with them

the richness of your heavenly realm,

and be clothed in the glory you bestow

on those who love you.

Grant this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
Spirit,

One God for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Glorious God,

as we have joined our voices in worship

to those of your saints,

may we one day gather with them

to worship you around your heavenly throne;

through Jesus Christ, your Son our Saviour.

Amen.


FIRST READING:  Revelation 7:9-17

 

A Reading from the Book of Revelation

 

After
this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from
every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the
throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who
is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

 

And all
the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living
creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God,
singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour
and power and might belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

 

Then
one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these who are robed in
white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are
the one who knows.”

 

Then he
said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great ordeal;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For
this reason they are before God’s throne, worshipping God day and night within God’s
temple, and the One who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will
hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any
scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their
shepherd, and will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe
away every tear from their eyes.”

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

PSALM 34:1-10

 

I will bless our God at all times,

whose praise will continually be in my mouth.

          My soul
will glory in our God;

          let the
oppressed hear it and rejoice.

 

Proclaim with me the greatness of our God;

let us exalt God’s name together.

          I sought
God, who answered me,

          and freed
me from all my fears.

 

Look upon our God and be radiant,

and do not let your faces be covered with shame.

          In my
affliction I called out, and God heard me,

          and saved
me from all my troubles.

 

The angel of God encamps around those

who revere God, and rescues them.

          Taste
and see that God is good;

          happy
are they who trust in God!

 

Revere God, you who are God’s saints,

for those who stand in awe of God lack
nothing.

          The
young lion may lack, and suffer hunger,

          but
those who seek our God

          will lack
no good thing.

SECOND READING:  1 John 3:1-3

 

 

A Reading from the First Letter of John.

 

See
what love God the Father has given us, that we should be called children of
God; for that is what we are!  The reason
the world does not know us is that it has not known God. Beloved, we are God’s
children now.

 

What we
will become has not yet been revealed to us; but this we do know: when all is
revealed, we will be like God, for we will see God as God truly is. All who keep
this hope keep themselves pure, just as Christ is pure.

 

Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL READING:  Matthew 5:1-12

 


The Lord be with you.

And with thy spirit.

The Holy Gospel

of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

God be with you.

And also with you.

The Good News

of Jesus Christ

according to Matthew.

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

When
Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his
disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

 

Blessed
are the poor in spirit,

for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed
are those who mourn,

for
they will be comforted.

 

Blessed
are the meek,

for
they will inherit the earth.

 

Blessed
are those

who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for
they will be filled.

 

Blessed
are the merciful,

for
they will receive mercy.

 

Blessed
are the pure in heart,

for
they will see God.

 

Blessed
are the peacemakers,

for
they will be called children of God.

 

Blessed
are those

who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed
are you

when people revile you         and
persecute you

and
utter all kinds of evil against you falsely

on
my account.

Rejoice
and be glad:

your
reward is great in heaven,

for in
the same way they persecuted the prophets

who
were before you.

 


The Gospel of Christ.

Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

The Gospel of Christ

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

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