Readings for All Saints' Day:
Isaiah 49:5-7 - "And now the Lord says.. 'It is too small a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be my salvation to the ends of the earth.'"
Psalm 87 - "Very excellent things are spoken of thee, thou city of God."
Revelation 7:2-4, 9-17 - "After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothedw with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, 'Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and upon the Lamb.'"
Matthew 5:1-12 - Jesus teaches the beatitudes to the multitudes.
Sermon by the Rev. Timothy Taylor
Cover art: "The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs" by Fra Angelico, c. 1423-24, tempura on wood, National Gallery, London