Ways to remember the lives and work of church saints
Historically, the Church has confessed a belief in the "communion of the saints," which includes not only all living believers, but also all who have gone before us. When we celebrate Holy Communion, we experience the communion of saints, feasting with believers past, present and future. The author of Hebrews 12 reminds us that these saints, a “great cloud of witnesses,” surrounds us and cheers us on.
On All Saints Day, United Methodists publicly remember and honor those who have passed away. Celebrated on the first Sunday in November, many congregations light candles, ring bells of remembrance, and call the names of those lost in the previous year as a way of honoring the impact their lives have had on us.
Below you will find ideas and worship resources to help you honor the saints of your congregation on this day.
Worship ideas for All Saints Day
Find suggested liturgies, prayers and worship imagery ideas. Read More
A Meditation for All Saints Day
On November 1, we recall with thanksgiving those who walked in faith. "May we learn from their examples of dedication, worship, and love." Read More
Prayer for All Saints Day
“We thank you, God, for hardworking saints.” Discipleship Ministries offers a reflection perfect to use as we mark All Saints Day. More
All Saints Day: A holy day John Wesley loved
The day after Halloween was a time encouraged by Wesley for Methodists to remember and give thanks for saints gone to glory and those still living. Read More
Ways to help children understand All Saints Day
All Saints Day, November 1, is a perfect time to raise children’s awareness of the importance of love and mercy in our lives. Read More
What Is the Communion of Saints?
When the church community gathers to worship, we experience the communion of saints, the community of believers — both living and dead. Read More
Do United Methodists believe in saints?
What does the church say about saints? How do United Methodists honor the faithful who have died? Read More
A Day to Remember
On All Saints Sunday we celebrate the communion of saints as we remember those who have died, both in our local congregations and throughout the Church universal. Read More