Living God, in whom there is no shadow or change,
we thank you for the gift of life eternal, and
for all those who having served you well, now rest from their labours.
We thank you for all the saints remembered and forgotten,
for those dear souls most precious to us.
Today we give thanks for those who during the last twelve months
have died and entered into glory…………..(pause)…………………….
We bless you for their life and love, and rejoice for them
“all is well, and all manner of things will be well.”
God of Jesus and our God,
mindful of all those choice souls who have gone on ahead of us,
teach us, and each twenty-first century disciple of every race and place,
to follow their example to the best of our ability:
to feed the poor in body or spirit,
to support and comfort the mourners and the repentant,
to encourage the meek and stand with them in crises,
to affirm those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
to cherish and learn from the merciful,
to be humbled by, and stand with, the peacemakers.ton
Let us clearly recognise what it means
to be called the children of God,
and to know we are to be your saints
neither by our own inclination nor
in our own strength
but simply by the call
and the healing holiness
of Christ Jesus our Saviour. Amen!
LINK to prayer: http://www.bruceprewer.com/DocA/61SAINTS.htm
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