November 6th 2016

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Christ

November 6, 2016     All Saint’s Sunday








P In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen


P Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.    

C Amen


P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.




P Most merciful God,


C we confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen


P Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen


Gathering Hymn:     “For All the Saints” vs. 1-4    Hymn 422



L   Praise the Lord, all you saints!
   C  Praise him all you heavenly hosts!

L   Let us praise the name of the Lord:
   C  For his name only is exalted!

L   Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:
   C  Isaiah, Jeremiah and all you Patriarchs and Prophets!

L   Miriam, Ruth and Naomi:
   C  Elizabeth, Mary and all you Holy Women!

L   Matthew, Mark and Luke:
   C  James and John and all you Evangelists and Apostles!

L   Stephen, Thomas, Peter and Paul:
   C  Philip, Bartholomew and all you Holy Martyrs!

L  Praise the Lord!
   C  O praise the name of the Lord!

L   These are the saints whose robes are washed white in the blood  

     of the Lamb.
   C  Praise the Lord!

L   We are the saints who are the living body of Christ, the Church.
   C  Praise the Lord! O praise the name of the Lord!





P Almighty God, whose people are knit together in one holy Church, the body of Christ our Lord: Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you.  Today we especially remember (candles are lit as the names are read) Hubert (Sonny) Graham . . ., Johnny Harris. . . ., Mary  Cauble. . ., Joan Maybury. . . .We thank you for giving them to us to know and love.  We give you thanks for their continuing witness, as they gather with all the saints who have gone before us around your throne of grace and glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C Amen



Hubert (Sonny) Graham January 8, 2016


Johnny Harris, April 14, 2016


Mary Jacobs Cauble, September 6, 2016


Joan Maybury, May 2016


P. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the    

            communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C And also with you.





P We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,
Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses where your name was lifted and adored.

We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:
Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,
Strong hands and those gnarled with age, Holy hands

Used as wave offerings across the land. We thank you, God, for hardworking saints; Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,
Head ragged or aproned, Blue-collared or three-piece-suited
They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come. Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us. Bless the memories of your saints, God. May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love. Let them know from us LORD they are not forgotten

C Amen




FIRST READING: Isaiah 25:6-9

6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich

food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people's disgrace

from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. 9 In that day they will say,

"Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us.

This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

L:  The Word of the Lord

C:  Thanks be to God



SECOND READING: Revelation 21:1-6a

1 Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

L:  The Word of the Lord

C:  Thanks be to God  





P:  The Holy Gospel according to St. John the 11th Chapter.

C:   Glory to you, O Lord


GOSPEL:  John 11:32-44

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 "Where have you laid him?" he asked.

"Come and see, Lord," they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" 37 But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead. 38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 "Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." 40 Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me." 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

P.    “The Gospel of the Lord.”

C:      Praise to you, O Christ


The Sermon                                                 Pastor Rick


HYMN OF THE DAY:    “Lift High the Cross”        Hymn 660




C I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.* On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen



P    With the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation.

P    Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us make our prayer in the power of the Spirit, looking to Jesus the corner stone of our faith. That with the noble fellowship of the prophets we may discern the signs of your kingdom in our midst, we pray to you, O Lord:

C    Hear our prayer



P   The Peace of Lord Be With You Always.

C   And Also With You.

P   Let us share Christ’s Peace.


OFFERING & ANTHEM     “Oh, Breath of God”



Blessed are you, O God, maker of all things.  Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: ourselves, our time, and our possessions.  Use us, and in what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.



GREAT THANKSGIVING  (Read Responsively)

P The Lord Be With You.

C And Also With You.

P Lift Up Your Hearts.

C We Lift Them To The Lord.

P Let Us Give Thanks to the Lord Our God.

C It is Right to Give Our Thanks And Praise.


P It is indeed right, and salutary that we should at all times …. in heaven we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

C “Holy, Holy, Holy”       Page  108


P     In the night in which he was betrayed our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; ……Do this in remembrance of me.




C 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; 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



Those who are able come to the table all others will receive communion at their seats.


P O God, we give you thanks that you have set before us this feast, the body and blood of your Son.  By your Spirit strengthen us to serve all in need and to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C Amen

P.  The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.  The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

C Amen


CLOSING HYMN   “O God Our Help In Ages Past”     vs 1-4  Hymn 632


P: Go in peace, serve the Lord.










Altar Guild: Georgia Yost

Acolyte: Arabelle Shulenburger

Lector:  Terry Carter

Greeters: Delane and Susan Turman

Communion Assistant:   Tina Yost    


Next Sunday November 13

Acolyte: Arabelle Shulenburger

Altar Guild: Susan Turman

Lector: Terry Carter

Greeters: Don and Georgia Yost

Communion Assistant:  Tina Yost



Pastor: Pastor Rick Thomas – 704-245-9773 (cell)


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Music Director:  Susan Stone 704-642-1316


Council Chairman:  Delane Turman       704 855 4561

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The bulletin is given to the glory of God on this All Saints Sunday.







There will be a congregational meeting on November 13 after church.


Our monthly dinner is Wednesday November 9. Desserts and help is greatly appreciated.