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|Reader||In the darkest night
when we feel most afraid
ALONGSIDE US –
A MAN WALKING IN THE DARKNESS
AS IF DARKNESS WERE DAY.
|Reader||In the storms of life
when we feel buffetted –
our dreams blown and torn –
our trust stretched to its fullest.
|ALL||JESUS CALLS OUR NAME
AND CALMS THE STORMS THAT ASSAIL US.
|Reader||In the trials of life
when we feel overwhelmed by worry
|ALL||JESUS REACHES OUT A
INVITES US TO TRUST
AND WE FIND WE CAN WALK ON WATER.
|Suggested Readings: Matthew 14: 22-33, John 11: 1-44 (shortened if necessary)|
|Reader||We give thanks for the
fruits of the labours
of those who have died:
For the gifts they gave to the world
For the gifts they gave to us.
|ALL||GATHER THEIR FRUITS
THE WORK OF THEIR HANDS AND THEIR HEARTS
INTO THE HARVEST OF THE KINGDOM.
|Reader||In our sorrow for
those who died,
we look to you and to one another for comfort.
|ALL||LORD, ENFOLD IN YOUR LOVE
OUR ACHING HEARTS
AND THE HEARTS OF ALL WHO MOURN
CHERISH US –
SOOTHE US –
CONSOLE US –
TEACH US TO BELIEVE IN A FUTURE BEYOND TEARS.
|Reader||As we remember those we love,
we remember your love for them,
a love that endures from eternity to eternity.
|ALL||WE ENTRUST THOSE WE LOVE TO
YOUR ETERNAL LOVE
WE COMMIT THEIR SOULS TO YOUR KEEPING.
WE GO TO LIVE IN HOPE
THAT WE WILL MEET THEM IN YOUR KINGDOM
WHERE THERE ARE NO TEARS – NO MOURNING
NO DARKNESS OF SORROW
FOR YOU ARE OUR LIGHT AND OUR SALVATION
AND WE PLACE ALL OUR TRUST IN YOU.
|Reader||And so, we ask God to bless us and keep us in trust|
|ALL||THE FATHER – THE SON – AND THE HOLY SPIRIT|
|Reader||And until we and those whom we have loved and lost meet again|
|ALL||MAY GOD HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.|
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