Sunday November 5th St. Brendan's offered a special and very moving remembrance - organized by the Worship and Music Ministry with The Rev. Vesta Kolawaski presiding - honoring our members who have passed.
We would like to share with you the text of this special service of remembrance:
Almighty God, you have built up your church
through the love and devotion of your saints;
we give you thanks for all your servants whom
we commemorate today. Inspire us to follow
their example that like them we may in our day
rejoice in the vision of your glory; through
Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Opening Comments: Mickey Jacoba
St. Brendan's is a young church. We began as a worshiping community
in house ministries and as a mission church. We were admitted as a full
parish into the Maine Episcopal Diocese in 2005. Young, vibrant, and
following the lead of our patron saint, Brendan, somewhat adventurous,
we have experienced joy as well as sadness, success in our mission as
well as failure.
An early American preacher, theologian, and first president of Princeton
University, Jonathan Edwards, called members of his congregation,
the "sainthood of all believers." We, the saints of this church, together
with our friends and neighbors gathered with us today, give thanks for
all the generation of saints within the church who have gone before
remembering especially the love and gifts which the saints of this
parish have given.
Lighting of Candles:
Saint Candle Lighter
We remember the great ancestors of our faith,
from Abraham and Sarah to Paul and Phoebe:
Ancestors of the faith, we remember you.
We remember the prophets and priests,
the ministers and teachers who have taught us the way of God:
Teachers of the faith, we remember you.
We remember our grandparents, parents, and our extended families,
those who have gone before us in our lifetime:
Family of our faith, we remember you.
We lift up the memories of children, grandchildren,
brothers and sisters, husbands and wives and parents
and those whom we now name:
Those close in our heart, we remember you.
We lift up to You, O God,
the names of those we have lost from this congregation,
knowing that they are with You forever.
We remember, pray, and give thanks for their lives.
We give thanks, O God,
for all who have gone on to join with You beyond this life,
We trust in the hope of resurrection and the promise of new life in Christ,
and know that in our grief and celebration, O God,
You are with us; we are not alone.
In the name of Christ in whom love lives forever, we pray.