Candle Prayer

Lighting a candle can be helpful way to pray for someone.

In your prayers during the morning or evening, light a candle to remember those who have gone before us.  Lift up their names and offer thanks for their life. Pray for our church as we continue being the church with a great cloud of witnesses.


Prayer for All Saints Day

Ever living God, this day revives in us memories of loved ones who are no more.
What happiness we shared when they walked among us.
What joy, when, loving and being loved, we lived our lives together.
Their memory is a blessing for ever.

Days or months or years may have passed, and still we feel near to them.
Our hearts yearn for them.
Though the bitter grief has softened, a duller pain abides;
For the place where once they stood is empty now.
The links of their life are broken, but the links of love and longing cannot break.
Their souls are bound up in ours for ever.

And we remember as well the members who but yesterday were part of our congregation and community.
To all who cared for us and labored for all people, we pay tribute.
May we prove worthy of carrying on the tradition of our faith, for now the task is ours.
Their souls are bound up in ours for ever.

We give you thanks that they now live and reign with you.
As a great crowd of witnesses, they surround us with their blessings, and offer you hymns of praise and thanksgiving.
They are alive for ever more. Amen

-Based on Jewish Memorial Prayer, USA, 20th Century
Adapted from United Methodist Book of Worship, p. 548