We gather for worship on All Hallows Eve, or the day preceding All Saints Day when the Church remembers and gives thanks for the lives of the saints among us who have died in the past year. While we mourn and grieve their loss, we do so as a people of hope, knowing that we are joined together and made one in Christ through the waters of baptism by the power of the Holy Spirit. And, as St. Paul reminds us, for those who are in Christ, nothing can separate us from God or from one another - not even death. This means that whenever and wherever the Church gathers, the saints gather with us. The great cloud of witnesses that has run the race before us and by whose love and example we are more than we might otherwise be, they are with us, and together we are the communion of the saints.
Musicians Mark Miller, Kevin Turner, and Scott Peters lead a live Holy Week Through Music performance. They perform songs meaningful to Holy Week. Mark and Scott have been frequent musical guests in worship at DUMC.
This service has its roots in late 19th century England. It has been made famous by the choir of King's College, Cambridge, who has sung this service every Christmas Eve since 1918. The music changes every year, but the readings remain the same. The readings tell us the story of God's plan for salvation for us beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing until the coming of Christ. It is our hope that you will find the joy of Christmas within your hearts as we lead the familiar carols of the season as well as our anthems.