On Sunday, Nov 4, we took part in a ritual to name and claim our personal and communal cloud/s of witnesses with an All Saints liturgy.
Votive candles were ready for us to light in memory of those who had shaped our faith, the witness of our church, and are now part of our cloud of witnesses. As we lit our candles and placed them on the table, we shared these names aloud, so the community might hold in prayer our collective witnesses. There was one final candle “for those not specifically named but known to us, who died this past year.”
Prayer: Compassionate god, we remember. Holy one, we give thanks. Eternal God, we trust in your unending love. Amen.