Contemporary Songs for All Saints Sunday
In early Christian tradition, saints’ days began as a way to mark the anniversary of a martyr’s death — his or her “birthday” as a saint. By the middle of the church’s first millennium, there were so many martyrs (particularly due to the persecution of Diocletian) that it was hard to give them all their due. All Saints’ Day was established as an opportunity to honor all the saints, known and unknown. Find contemporary songs of the day reminding us that we are part of one continuing, living communion of saints.
Last Updated: September 1, 2023
If you are there (or you have been there), you are not the first. The Bible is filled with people much like you who struggled with things beyond their control. Jacob spends his life struggling with God. Moses struggled with his leadership role and the people around him. David seemed to have it all, yet he struggled with much (as the Psalms shares with us). FInd songs about struggle and surviving struggle can create a playlist that will help you get through the rough days.
Reformation Day is the anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, when, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther penned his Ninety-Five Theses and nailed it to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. One of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses simply declares, “The Church's true treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Celebrate the day with these songs showcasing each of the Five Solas of the Reformation, or use them as a guide for your Reformation Sunday worship set.
To rejoice with all the faithful of every generation expands our awareness of a great company of witnesses above and around us like a cloud (Hebrews 12:1). It lifts us out of a preoccupation with our own immediate situation and the discouragements of the present. In the knowledge that others have persevered, we are encouraged to endure against all odds (Hebrews 12:1-2). Here are songs that remind us that God was with the faithful of the past, we are reassured that God is with us today, moving us and all creation toward God's end in time. Find even more contemporary songs listed here.