All Saints Service (a special service for the grieving)
Various Readings from Scripture
Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed…. then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?”
It is better to rely on the Lord than to put any trust in flesh.
I called to the Lord in my distress; the Lord answered by setting me free.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”
I was pressed so hard that I almost fell, but the Lord came to my help.
Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the Lord. “this is the gate of the Lord: he who is righteous may enter.”
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
For I know that my redeemer lives, and at last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been destroyed, then from my flesh I shall see God.
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
None of us live to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord: so then, weather we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
“I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord; “he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die”.
Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.