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50th Reunion Memorial Service Liturgy
“A Time to Remember”
August 26, 2017

Prelude (Richard Siegel)

Greeting & Welcome: (Edward Holland)

We’ve come together this morning to remember and honor the lives of our classmates who have died.

We’ve gathered to give thanks that they were with us, even for a brief moment in time.

We’ve come together to remember that they touched our lives and we, theirs, in ways that we know and in ways that we may not know or understand. Regardless, our shared history has formed and transformed us.

So then, let us remember and give thanks for the lives of our classmates who have died.

A Reading: Life Spirit
(by Mary Lou Woodward, March 2009)

When the life spirit
is gone
from the body
of the one I love,
I will know
the sadness of farewell,
the depth of loneliness,
the meaning of “loss”.

But I will remember
the smile
the touch
the love
that brought joy to my life.

The body will be gone
but their spirit will be with me forever.

Music

The Wisdom of Winnie: Quotes of Love and Friendships
(by A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh)

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams we can be together all the time.”

“How lucky I am to have someone who makes saying goodbye so hard.”

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

Reading of the Names (Barb Grossman, Tom Lujan, Donna Stenberg & Bob Mayeron)

Lighting of the Candles (Freda Confeld)

Silent Reflection

A Reading:
(by James Miller & adapted by EJH)

The generations come and go. Brief is their time. Passing, they leave many of their tasks unfinished, their plans unfulfilled, their dreams unrealized.

We now rest our thoughts with those we have known who have gone from this life, recalling the joy of their companionship and the meaning they brought to our days.

We know that these classmates will never vanish, as long as heart and thought remain within us. With gratitude they are remembered and in memory they do live.

Music

A Litany of Remembrance: (Responsive)

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
In the opening of buds and the rebirth of spring,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
In the blueness of the sky and the warmth of summer,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Music

An Apache Blessing:

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty, all the days of your life.

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