Gathering up Treasure Celtic cross at twilight
A Liturgy of Loving Remembrance...

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Opening Responses
Reader Jesus said, "I am the living bread come down from heaven,
Anyone who eats of this bread will live forever"
ALL LORD, GIVE US THIS LIVING BREAD
AND DRAW US INTO YOUR ETERNAL LIFE.

 

Reader Jesus said, "I am the living water,
Whoever drinks of me has a wellspring
Welling up to eternal life"
ALL LORD, GIVE US YOUR LIVING WATER
LET YOUR LIFE WELL UP IN US
DRAWING US TO ETERNAL LIFE.
 
Reader Jesus said, "I am the Good Shepherd.
The shepherd who lays his life down for his sheep"
ALL LORD, BE OUR GOOD SHEPHERD.
WHEN WE WALK THROUGH VALLEYS OF SHADOW –
WHEN WE WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF DEATH
BE WITH US WITH YOUR CROOK AND YOUR STAFF
AND LEAD US TO THE DAWN OF ETERNAL LIFE.
 
Reader Jesus said, "I am the gate of the sheepfold
All who enter through me will be safe"
ALL LORD, WELCOME US THROUGH YOUR GATEWAY
GUIDE US AND GUARD US
AND DRAW US INTO YOUR KEEPING IN ETERNAL LIFE.
 
Reader Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life,
Anyone who believes in me shall live for ever"
ALL LORD, WE BELIEVE,
HELP OUR UNBELIEF.
HELP US TO SEE IN YOU OUR PROMISE OF RESURRECTION
HELP US TO SEE IN YOU OUR PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE. 
 
Scripture Reading
Suggestions:    Matthew 6: 19-21; 2 Corinthians 4: 6-15
 
Reflection
This would be an appropriate time to reflect on the life of the person who has died - click here for ideas
 
Closing Responses
   
Reader We have gathered in your name, Lord
ALL BE WITH US IN OUR PARTING
 
Reader We have prayed for our brother/sister .....................(name)
And for ourselves
ALL CHERISH OUR PRAYER, LORD,
COMFORT OUR GRIEVING
AND HONOUR OUR REMEMBERING:
ENFOLD OUR BROTHER/ SISTER IN YOUR MERCY
AND BRING HIM/ HER TO HIS/ HER INHERITANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE

 

Reader We have gathered in your name, Lord
ALL BE WITH US IN OUR PARTING.
 
Reader We have gathered up treasures from the life of our brother/ sister
and place them in your keeping.
 
ALL HOLD THEM,
BLESS THEM,
(CONSECRATE THEM);
PLACE THEM IN THE ETERNAL TREASURY –
FOR YOUR SERVANT TO FIND AS HIS TREASURE
LAID UP IN HEAVEN –
WHERE NOTHING CAN DESTROY OR DIMINISH
FOR ALL IS HELD IN YOUR GRACIOUSNESS
AND NOTHING THAT IS GOOD CAN BE LOST.
 
Reader We have gathered in your name, Lord,
ALL BE WITH US IN OUR PARTING.
 
Reader We pray for the week ahead:
Its joys and its sorrows –
For our community
And those who will join us in mourning the passing of our brother/ sister .........
ALL MAY OUR CHURCH AND OUR HEARTS BE OPEN
TO WELCOME IN HOSPITALITY OUR GRIEVING BROTHERS AND SISTERS
AND MAY OUR SORROW BE GENTLE
AS WE COMMEND OUR BROTHER/ SISTER
TO THE TENDERNESS AND THE MERCY OF GOD.
 
Reader We have gathered in your name, Lord
ALL BE WITH US IN OUR PARTING
 

Reader

And so, may God bless us
ALL THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
Reader And until we meet again
ALL MAY GOD HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND
AMEN

2007 Wellspring

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