Worshiper Lighting Votive Candle on Altar


Invitation to Worship

Our Risen Love, the Life of all who have died,

Come, let us praise and adore!

O Holy One, + open my lips,

~And my mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord;

~And let perpetual light shine upon them!



We offer prayer in sorrow, Love, Assist our frail believing.

Make strong in us those powerful words To Martha in her grieving:

“Your brother, though now dead, will rise, For those who trust me will not die.”

O hear these words of pleading.


O comfort us, we do believe But find the way so darkened.

We miss the ones we do not see, The pain of loss is sharpened.

O come with comfort, gentle Word, Be close to us, for in you, Love,

We find our own departed.


Receive into your dwelling place All those whose lives have ended.

Forgive their sins and give that peace For which they were intended.

You died, O Love, that they might live. Have mercy; in your love forgive,

Forgive where they offended.


We praise you, Abba, God of Light, We praise you through our sadness.

We praise you, risen Jesus Christ, Who triumphed over darkness.

We praise you, Spirit of them both.  O come with gladness give us hope,

And mitigate death’s harshness.

Text: Ralph Wright, OSB, alt.  Tune: ICH STEH’ AN DEINER KRIPPE





I will walk in the presence of my Love

in the land of the living

Psalm 15/16

 Protect me God, I turn to you for help.

I profess, “You are my Love, my greatest good.”


I once put trust in false gods, 

the idols of the land.

Now I make no offerings to them, 

nor do I invoke their names

Those who chase after them 

simply add grief to their grief.


Adonai, you are my portion and cup, 

the shape of my future;

you mark off the best place for me

to enjoy my place on the earth.


I bless God who teaches me,

who even at night directs my heart.

I am sure that God is right here beside me,

I can never be shaken.


And so my heart rejoices

my body thrills with life,

my whole being rests securely.


You will not abandon me to Sheol,

nor send your faithful one down to death.

You show me the road to life:

boundless joy  as your companion for ever!


Glory to the One and to the Word

And to the Breath of Love

As always before

So now and evermore, Amen.


I will walk in the presence of my Love

in the land of the living



READING        wisdom 3:1-6

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before mortals, indeed, they seem punished, yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them
and found them worthy of God’s self.
As gold in the furnace, they were proven, and as sacrificial offerings God accepted them.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble; they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and ADONAI shall rule over them forever.




R.  I believe that my redeemer lives, and that on the last day I shall rise from the dead *and in my flesh I shall see God, my savior.  V. It will not be some other being, but I my self who see God,  my own eyes shall look upon the Holy One *and in my flesh I shall see God, my savior.


Gospel Canticle


I am the resurrection and the life,

those who believe in me, even if they die, shall live

and all who live and believe in me will never die.


Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

I am the resurrection and the life,

those who believe in me, even if they die, shall live

and all who live and believe in me will never die.



Litany of Intercession

God, give us new life in Christ.

Through baptism we have been buried with your Son and have risen with him in his resurrection, –  grant that we may walk in newness of life with Christ now and for ever.



You have given us the living bread that has come down from heaven,
–  grant that we may eat this bread worthily and be raised up to eternal life on the last day.



You sent an angel to comfort Jesus in his agony,
–  give us the hope of your consolation when death draws near.



You delivered the three youths from the fiery furnace,
–  free your faithful ones from the suffering caused by selfishness and sin.



God of the living and the dead, you raised Jesus from the grave,
–  raise up those who have died and grant that we may share eternal glory with them.



Our Father…
Listen kindly to our prayers, O God of Light,
and deepen our faith in Christ Jesus whom you raised from the dead.
Strengthen our hope of resurrection for all who have died and bring all people and all creation to the fullness of life both now and forever.  Amen.


May Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life, + bless us and be with us this day and always.  ~Amen 


Let us bless Adonai.     ~Thanks be to God.