All Saints Day: Prayer of Thanksgiving

Here’s a prayer of thanksgiving for All Saints Day from Rev. Bonnie Tarwater.

Prayer of Thanksgiving: All Saints
Oh God, in whose hands are life, death and eternal life,
we thank you for all the saints,
all those who have been baptized in the spirit
and whom you have justified by grace and faith.
We rejoice that their faithfulness
has paved the way for our lives to follow.
Thank you for the small and large saints
who have given us love and care and challenge:

(Invite congregation to call out names of loved ones, mentors, leaders).

We give thanks that all these beloved saints
now live with you in eternal life. 
 ~ from Oh, When the Saints Come Marching In, written by the Rev. Bonnie Tarwater.  Posted on the United Church of Christ website.