Remembrance of our Loved Ones

Central, 

O Lord,
support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in thy mercy,
grant us a safe lodging, 
a holy rest, 
and peace at the last.
Amen.
(John Henry Newman)

In some traditions, this prayer is often prayed when someone is dying, or at a funeral. Sunday is All Saints’ Day – and maybe Newman’s prayer can help you bear the loss of a loved one – or it might help you as you remember, and grieve. God’s support is something we need, always – and it’s all day long. God indeed is “our refuge and support, a very present help in times of trouble.” – Psalm 46

As we prepare for worship on All Saints Sunday I encourage you take time and pray Newman’s prayer from the 19th Century. When we gather the bells will be tolled in remembrance of the following loved ones and you will have opportunity to light a candle of remembrance after receiving communion.

Please join me in giving thanks to God for the lives and memory of: 

Jan Beard – October 28, 1950 – April 6, 2017
Mary Becker – September 10, 1936 – July 6, 2017
Don Cooper, Jr. – July 26, 1930 – October 23, 2017
Wesley Cottrell – October 8, 1932 – October 1, 2017
Laura Duvall – March 17, 1959 – March 7, 2017
Don Eckstrom – November 28, 1945 – May 31, 2017
Joel Eggert – December 14, 1969 – December 2016
Charles Gruhl – January 21, 1949 – March 8, 2017
Sue Hei – September 21, 1958 – September 11, 2017
Corinne Jones – May 20, 1926 – November 20, 2016
Jerry Jorgenson – November 16, 2016 – July 8, 2017
Joel Peterson – July 23, 1967 – March 8, 2017
Craig Quist – November 6, 1939 – March 9, 2017
Lillian Rodeck – October 28, 1924 – August 10, 2017
Jack Rustad – August 20, 1964 – May 20, 2017
Doreen Suelter – June 14, 1958 – July 28, 2017
Evelyn Synstelien – March 16, 1920 – October 20, 2016
Duane Urness – June 3, 1932 – February 23, 2017
Hazel Winton – March 5, 1925 – August 21, 2017

Praying God’s peace and presence for each family member who will be remembering those who have gone before them!

Paul