Monday, February 22, 2021

Oakwood Manor Interfaith Memorial Service To Be Held At Oakwood Manor Gazebo, 11:00AM, Feb.15, And On Zoom 11:00AM, Feb. 22, See link and Service below


All are invited to join us for our Oakwood Manor Annual Interfaith Memorial Service  to remember residents who have died in 2020-2021.

Bring chair and mask to Oakwood Manor Gazebo on Monday-Feb.15 at 11:00 AM 

And/Or Join us on Zoom on Monday, Feb. 22 at 11:00AM Eastern Time.

No reservations needed. In this service, you will be invited to share a brief one or two minute tribute in honor of the resident who died. For Zoom, if you wish to send us a jpg picture of your loved one, please email to Bridget Mary Meehan at sofiabmm.bmm@gmail.com by Feb. 19th. Provide the person's name and year of death. We will show the photo on screen in Zoom when you give the tribute. 
For those coming to the Oakwood Manor Gazebo, bring a photo of your loved one for display on our table. 

Zoom Link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81814008055?pwd=NDh1RmhqcEw5UXNMNVFIaGxQdG9aZz09
Meeting ID: 818 1400 8055
Passcode: 478451


Oakwood Manor Interfaith Memorial Service


Welcome


We gather today to remember our loved ones who have passed this year. We give thanks for them and for the many good memories of their time with us. 

In this Remembrance Service, we comfort one another with stories and precious memories of our loved ones.


Listen now to this beautiful song called Holy Angels by Sara Thomsen

https://youtu.be/MddARnvjJGQ


Poem by Marge Piercy


Look around us, search above us, below, behind.
We stand in a great web of being joined together.
Let us praise, let us love the life we are given.

Time flows through us like water.
The past and the dead speak through us.
We breathe our children’s children, blessing.

Blessed is the earth from which we grow,
blessed the life we are lent,
blessed the ones who teach us,
blessed the ones we teach,
blessed is the light, 

blessed is the darkness
but blessed above all else is peace
which bears the fruits of knowledge
on strong branches.

Peace that bears joy into the world,
peace that enables love, peace over each of us,
everywhere, blessed and holy is peace.

Adapted from Kadish Poem by Marge Piercy


Psalm 23:  God is my shepherd, I shall not want.


All: God is my shepherd, I shall not want.


O my Beloved, You are my shepherd,

I shall not want;

You bring me to green pastures for rest

And lead me beside still waters

Renewing my spirit;

You restore my soul.

You lead me in the path of goodness

To follow Love’s way.


All: God is my shepherd, I shall not want.


Even though I walk through the 

Valley of the shadow and of death, 

I am not afraid;

For You are ever with me;

Your rod and your staff

They guide me,

They give me strength and comfort.


You prepare a table before me

In the presence of all my fears;

You bless me with oil, my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me

All the days of my life;

And I shall dwell in the heart of the Beloved forever.

Amen.


Translation by Nan Merrill, Praying the Psalms


New Testament: Gospel: John 14:1-3

Don't let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God;

In God's house there are many dwelling places;

Otherwise, how could I have told you that I was going to prepare a place for you? I am indeed going to prepare a place for you

And then I will come back to take you, that where I am, there you may be as well.

 

 

Tribute

Loving God, we remember those who have passed since 2019. We pray that they may rest in eternal light and everlasting peace. We  carry them in our hearts forever. Amen.

 

Family, friends, community light a candle and share a thoughtprayer, poem, song or brief story in remembrance.

At the conclusion of each tribute, we pray together:

All: Loving God, we remember the blessings that (person's name) brought to us.

 

Benediction

Our hearts are a bit broken even as we are also grateful for the many ways over the years that our loved ones graced our lives. 

They enriched the human fabric of our days. 

May their spirits know a peace unburdened by earthly pain and trial. 

May they be blissfully enfolded in the synchrony of All Creation 

May they be at rest, embraced in unending love, forever and ever, Amen.


Closing Song: When the Saints Go Marching In

https://youtu.be/17nXsv7o64k



This Service was created by Bridget Mary Meehan and Mary Theresa Streck

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