Lessons and Hymns for All Saints’ Sunday (Observed)

Yes, I know this is late but I have been away attending the New Jersey District Pastors’ Conference and I ran out of time over the weekend to get this post prepared. At least it sounds like a reasonable excuse …

These are the Scripture readings you will hear this coming Sunday:

Revelation 7:9-17
Psalm 149
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12

Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ

“A great multitude … from all tribes and peoples and languages” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–10). Faith-filled saints from every place and time with unified voices eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we, too, “shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:15). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit, through faith in Christ propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure and the persecuted are all blessed, and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).

These are the hymns we will sing:

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (LSB 821)
By All Your Saints in Warfare (LSB 517: 1, 4, 3)
For All the Saints (LSB 677)
Our Paschal Lamb, That Sets Us Free (LSB 473)

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