St. Mark's United Church

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A PRAYER

Here is a prayer that our minister often uses at funerals.  Find a quiet space where you can be still and centre yourself. 
As you read the prayer, pause with each part and consciously hold yourself and the ones for whom you are praying.
 
Eternal God, you have set us in this vast universe,
and within the mystery of time whose currents bear us more swiftly than we know
to that which we call death.
When we try to grasp your purpose in it all,
we must confess how little we really do know,
even as we marvel in wonder.
Yet we believe you created us.
You gave us minds to think and hearts to seek.
You gave us wills to decide and much work to do.
And we trust that all life is within your design.
 
We thank you for (speak the name of your loved one or friend)
and for all the goodness, beauty and trust in (name)  life that fulfilled your purposes
and that made our lives richer.
We thank you for love given and for love received;
for defeats mastered and tasks well done;
for faithful friendship;
and for all graces of soul and character that endeared  (name)  to us.
Keep tender in our hearts these memories. 
Now grateful for this life that you have given us,
help us to give it back into your hands,
knowing that this one whom we have loved, and all whose faces we see no more,
are in your care and keeping.
 
Grant us the help of your Spirit in the days to come.
Especially uphold
those who will most keenly feel the pain of this death and this parting.
(Name them)
Patiently heal their sorrow.
Free them from regrets and sins they may feel.
And strengthen the love that binds them to one another.
 
Help them, and help us all, to discern the meaning of our years,
that we might come to trust more clearly in You and in your Word
and know that in life, in death, and in life after death, you are with us.
Hear us now as we speak together those words Jesus taught us: 
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever.

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