All Souls: A Service of Remembrance

The Worship Team presents
All Souls: A Service of Remembrance 
Dr. Gary Smart, Accompanist
Rik Palieri, guitar, vocals, and more

The end of October and the beginning of November bring us Halloween, Samhain, Day of the Dead, and All Souls Day—holidays and holy days that herald practices of honoring those who have transcended this mortal plane or recognize the “thinning of the veil” between the living world and that of the dead. The changing seasons this time of year often herald a desire to commune with or remember those who have gone on before. On Sunday, October 30th, we will conduct a service that honors the memory of those whom we have loved and lost with an “altar of remembrance.” We will place objects and light candles, remembering the love which connects the living and the dead.

We invite you to bring photos, small mementos, writings, or objects associated with those loved ones—human or animal—in your life who have passed, to share by placing them on the altar table. 

In addition to the table of photos and mementos, we will also compile a “virtual” altar of our loved ones. If you have a photo that you wish to share on our screen, please send a scan or digital image to, subject: virtual altar. Please include the name of the loved one shown in your photograph, their relationship to you, when they passed, and your name. You can also include a sentence or two of remembrance. All photos to be included on the screen in the service must be submitted no later than October 23rd.

About our Guest Musician:

Rik Palieri is a talented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, and member of the “Mythical Order of The Rose Tattoo,” who lives the musical life to the fullest. His stories and songs have taken him on road trips through every state in the continental US, as well as travels to Australia, Germany, Poland, Scotland, France, and Spain. Among his instruments are the banjo, 12-string guitar, Polish bagpipes, Ozark mouth bow, and Native American Flute. Rick has recorded eight albums and over the years has performed with some of the legends of American Folk Music, such as Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Jimmie Driftwood, U. Utah Phillips, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and many more. He is the producer and host of “The Song Writer’s Notebook,” a television program, archived in the “Rick Palieri Collection” at The American Folk Life Center Archives in Washington, D.C. (A song circle with Rik will be held after the service, see more info in the Journey.)