Sunday, November 17, 2019

Prayer for All Saints / Saints Triumphant

        Every year, we remember the names of loved ones who have died in the Christian faith, praising God for the mercy he has had upon them and thanking God for preserving them in that saving faith throughout their life.  Normally, the names of these departed souls are recalled in a prayer on All Saints' Day, which is November 1.  Since Good Shepherd does not have a specific All Saints' Day service, we transfer this prayer and these remembrances to the 3rd Sunday of End Times which focuses on Saints Triumphant.  This year, that service was Sunday, November 17.

        Members of Good Shepherd who have been called to eternal rest this past year are automatically included.  Members of Good Shepherd have also submitted the names of loved ones who died in the Christian faith between November 18, 2018 and November 17, 2019. 

        The prayer which was spoken on the Sunday of Saints Triumphant is listed below.


Almighty God, today we recall with thanksgiving those saints who were taken from us in the Church Militant and carried by the angels to you and the Church Triumphant.  Especially, we give you praise for our departed family and friends who have gone before us in faith and all those who are in our hearts and minds this day: 

Peggy Black, served by Pastor Schroeder (date – January 11, 2019)
Steve Smith, brother-in-law of David Kirvan, (July 18, 1948 – January 25, 2019)
Michael Himm, brother-in-law of Bob DuBois (December 7, 1953 – February 7, 2019) 
Rosemarie Connell, aunt of David Kirvan, (February 2, 26, 1927 – March 1, 2019)
Daniel Richard Tulkki, brother of David Tulkki (December 16, 1961 – April 14, 2019)
Dale Peterson, father of Jeanette Schneider (February 20, 1940 – May 3, 2019)
Matthew T. Sass, cousin of Kendra Fecho (October 11, 1973 – June 1, 2019)
Hannah Kieta, daughter of Rev. Geoff and Becky Kieta of Peace Lutheran Church, Livonia (December 28, 1994 – August 7, 2019)
Joseph Kalesavich, brother-in-law of Bob DuBois (February 20, 1957 – October 10, 2019) 
Reinhardt Shier, served by Pastor Schroeder (May 29, 1937 – November 1, 2019)

To these, you have granted eternal rest this past year.  We thank you for giving them new life in Christ while on this earth and for sustaining them in true and saving faith throughout their life.  We praise you for finally giving them the fulfillment of your promises of salvation and eternal life.  Strengthen and sustain us in this saving faith so that we may also join with the angels and archangels and all the company of heaven in joyful praise, peace, and rest forever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Cong: Amen.

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