Today’s post is from Angela Storer, Pastor of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Alliance, Ohio.
For All Saints, Sunday, we are intentionally inviting anyone who has worshiped with us in the past ten years for Homecoming. A former pastor is coming back as our preacher, and the current pastor is presiding. With all of this in mind, we have added elements to our worship to our worship with a Homecoming theme in mind.
At the beginning of worship, we will have an extended welcome. We give God thanks for all of the people who have been a part of our ministry. The pastor lifts up each group of people and the congregation responds by giving thanks to God. Our prayer of the day intentionally lifts up our ministry and all of those who have been a part of it throughout the years. Following the Hymn of the Day, we will have the traditional lighting of candles in the remembrance of the saints who have gone before us.