Thursday, November 1, 2007

For All the Saints

Inspired by Janice's comment yesterday, I decided to also commemorate All Saints Day, when we remember those believers who have entered their Heavenly Rest - especially those who died for their faith. So we praise Jesus for His faithfulness to them, and look forward to the time when our Pilgrim Days are finished and we, too cross over Jordan into our Rest.

For All the Saints
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou in the darkness drear, their one true light. Alleluia, Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor's crown of gold. Alleluia, Alleluia!
O blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia, Alleluia!
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!
From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia, Alleluia!

And as a bonus... here are a couple of pics from last night. We had a peasant from Wittenburg, ca 1517, the Pharaoh Menes (unifier of Upper and Lower Egypt), American Girl Kaya, Robin Hood, and Piglet.

8 comments:

Wendy said...

What a beautiful group you have there! Looks like fun!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Oh, SO CUTE! Loved all your pictures, esp. the Wordless Wednesday baby. And A Mighty Fortress Is Our God has always been one of my favorite hymns!

Kate said...

awww, what a CUTE cute pic!

Janice said...

By the way, you did a FANTASTIC job on M's costume. I got a look at it up close and Phil told me you made it. I'll never let you complain about being uncreative or too harried for creativity (or whatever) again. Well done!

50 toes said...

I love all of your red heads! too cute

Mary@notbefore7 said...

What a fabulous pic! Cute family. AND, now I have a face with the name of mommy!

The Small Scribbler said...

I'm so impressed. FIVE creative costumes. That takes talent.

Kate

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Mary, Yes, I know I need to put my pic on my profile - I'm not a fan of pics of myself these days (too much "baby fat" left!) but this one turned out cute, so I may use it on my profile.
Kate, thanks for your compliment, but it's the kids that are creative! Robin Hood and Piglet were found at consign. sale for under $5 ea. Peasant was b/c he was in his youth group's Reformation play. Kaya and Pharaoh I can take credit for sewing, but it was their ideas!