Saints

All Saints Day, Year B
Scripture: John 11:32-44

Note: This is the lesson plan for All Saints Day. Check with your clergy person about what propers you are using for this Sunday. Some churches use All Saints, others use the Sunday Propers.

We step aside from the flow of the propers and celebrate all the saints. We stop. We notice. We are surrounded by a flock of witnesses in our midst — many who have gone before us, some we are just now releasing, and still more with a full life ahead of them. Jesus raises back to life his friend, Lazarus. Lazarus will eventually die, but for now, those who are following Jesus need to know that death has had its stinger removed. “Unbind him and let him go”, says Jesus. Each of us, on our last day on this side of life, will know that unbinding and that letting go.

Download the lesson plans for All Saints’ Day

LPTW All Saints, Year B, Younger Children
LPTW All Saints, Year B, Older Children
LPTW All Saints, Year B, Adults
LPTW All Saints, Year B, All

Blessed Saints: All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day, Year A
Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12

This section of Matthew, known as the Beatitudes, is a type of inaugural address for Jesus. These words are not a wish, or a dream, but a statement of what the Kingdom of Heaven is, and of how we should begin to treat one another now. The Beatitudes in Matthew are statements that tell us about the Kingdom of God that is coming and the Kingdom of God here on earth. In pronouncing these, Jesus is once again turning the norm on its head, and reminding us that the Kingdom of God is different. These declarations orient life toward the other, toward equality, toward discipleship and toward love. Those, who follow Jesus, are to be different.

So why do we read these on All Saints’ Day? The nature of the Kingdom of Heaven is that it is already-and-not-yet. They state the character of God and ask if this is the character of God, should it not also be the character of the people of God? The saints are people who understood this and lived into this character in a variety of ways. The saints give us an understanding of what it looks like to have God in our midst, and to live a life with the Beatitudes as a part of our being.

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LPTW Proper All Saints, Younger Children
LPTW Proper All Saints, Older Children
A Small Sampling of Saints

For All The Saints (Intergenerational)

All Saints’ Day Interegenerational Lesson Plan, Year C
Scripture: Luke 6:20-26

Note: This is the lesson plan for All Saints Day/All Saints Sunday.  Check with your clergy person about what propers you are using for this Sunday.  Some churches use All Saints, others use the Sunday Propers. There are also Lesson Plans for each age group for today.

All Saints’ Day invites us to look way back to the very early days of the Church and at people whose lives are an inspiration for us. It also invites us to remember those whom we love that have gone on through the gates of larger life. It calls us to notice those in our midst who show us a brighter way to live. In some mysterious way we are gathered, now, with all those who have gone before, with those we love who live in different parts of the world, as well as with those in the room with us. From the earliest days, the church has taken this opportunity to celebrate and we are invited to join in the celebration.

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LPTW All Saints, Year C, Intergenerational

For All the Saints

All Saints’ Day, Year C
Scripture: Luke 6:20-26

Note: This is the lesson plan for All Saints Day/All Saints Sunday.  Check with your clergy person about what propers you are using for this Sunday.  Some churches use All Saints, others use the Sunday Propers. There is also an Intergenerational Lesson Plan for All Saints. 

All Saints’ Day invites us to look way back to the very early days of the Church and at people whose lives are an inspiration for us. It also invites us to remember those whom we love that have gone on through the gates of larger life. It calls us to notice those in our midst who show us a brighter way to live. In some mysterious way we are gathered, now, with all those who have gone before, with those we love who live in different parts of the world, as well as with those in the room with us. From the earliest days, the church has taken this opportunity to celebrate and we are invited to join in the celebration.

Download the Lesson Plans for All Saints’ Day

LPTW All Saints, Year C, Younger Children
LPTW All Saints, Year C, Older Children
LPTW All Saints, Year C, Adults
LPTW All Saints, Year C, All