|Imogene and Michael Rigdon, married priest couple, preside at Memorial Liturgy for Bob Murray|
Gathering Song: #437 On Eagle’s Wings, 1-4
All: In the name of God our creator, Jesus our brother, and the Holy Spirit our wisdom. Amen.
Presider: God is with you. All: And also with you.
Opening Prayer. Presider: Loving God, we gather to remember Bob who recently died. We give thanks for his life and the many blessings he brought to us and to the world. We ask you to comfort Mary and his family & friends in our grief. We ask this in the name of the risen Christ. All: Amen
All sing: Glory to God, glory. O praise God, alleluia. Glory to God, glory. O praise the name of our God. (x3)
1st reading from the book of Wisdom (3:1-6, 9)
All: Thanks be to God.
Psalm 23. All sing: My God is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want, #834. Verses recited.
2nd reading from Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy (4:6-8)
All: Thanks be to God.
A reading from the gospel of John (14:1-6)
All: Thanks be to God. All sing: Alle, Alle, Alleluia.
A Time of Memory and Hope
Bob’s Family and Friends
Profession of Faith. All: We believe in one God, a divine mystery beyond all definition & understanding. God the Creator is the heart of all that has ever existed, that exists now, or that will ever exist. God’s divinity infuses the entire cosmos, making everything in it sacred. We believe in Jesus, the messenger of God’s Word, bringer of healing & the center of God’s compassion. Through his incarnation, we have become a new people, called beyond the consequences of our brokenness. We believe in the Spirit, the Wisdom that strengthens our call to follow Jesus, who is the vehicle of God’s love, a source of God’s compassion & truth, & instrument of God’s peace in the world. And we believe that God’s kin-do is here now & will be forever. It is stretched out all around us for those with eyes to recognize it, & hands to share it with everyone—no exceptions.
Community Petitions. Presider: Mindful of God’s love and care for us, we bring the needs of all people to our loving God. Response: Loving God, hear us.
Presider: Healing God, you faithfully listen to our prayers. Strengthen us as we strive to respond to the needs of your people. We pray in the name of Jesus the Christ. All: Amen
Collection and Procession of Gifts to the Table.
All Sing: #361 Seed Scattered and Sown, 1&;3
Please gather around the table for our community meal.
All sing: We are holy... You are holy... I am holy... We are holy...
All: As we do in this place what you did in an upstairs room, send down your Spirit Sophia on us and on these gifts of bread and wine that they may become for us your body, healing, forgiving, and making us whole. And that we may become for you, your body, loving and caring in the world until your kindom comes. Amen.
We remember Jesus. Presider: On the night before he died, Jesus sat at the Seder meal with his companions. Reminding them of what he taught, he bent down to wash their feet.
All, with hand extended in blessing: Jesus returned to his place at table, lifted the Passover bread and spoke the blessing, then broke the bread saying: “Take and eat, this is my very self.” (Pause)
Jesus then raised the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered them the wine saying: “Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life for you and for everyone. Whenever you do this, you remember me.”
All: Remember, gracious God, your Church throughout the world. Make us open to receive everyone. In union with all people, may we strive to create a world where suffering is diminished, and where all people can live in health and wholeness.
Thru Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, gracious God. Amen (sing)
Prayer of Jesus (Sing “Our Father and Mother”)
Group Sign of Peace. Presider: Let us share with each other a sign of the peace.
All: This is Jesus who liberates, heals and transforms us and our world. All are invited to partake of this banquet of love. We are the Body of Christ.
ALL (sing): Holy gifts for holy people, come you hungry and believe. Come and receive Christ’s body offered, come and be what you receive. (x2)
After Communion: #376 The Servant Song 1-5
Prayer of Thanksgiving (Didache, Instruction, 100CE)
Men: For the thanksgiving, give thanks this way: First, for the cup: We thank you, Abba God, for the sacred vine of David your son, whose meaning you made clear to us through our brother Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
Women: And for the bread fragment: We thank you, Abba God, for the life and wisdom whose meaning you made clear to us through Jesus, yours ever be the splendor.
All: As this fragment was scattered high on hills, but by gathering was united into one, so let your people from earth’s ends be united into your single reign, for yours are splendor and might through Jesus Christ down the ages.
Prayers of Thanksgiving.
All sing, hand extended in blessing: You are the face of God, I hold you in my heart, You are a part of me, You are the face of God. You are the face of God, I hold you in my heart, You are my family, You are the face of God.
Presider: Go in the peace of Christ, may our loving service to all continue! All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!
Closing song: #688 Song of Farewell (refrain x2)
Reception and Pot Luck Supper