Opening/Memorial Worship

St. Paul's UMC - Helena, Montana

10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 18

Worship environment:

  • Altar/chancel area: The two living trees will frame long stretches of material that will give the effect of a stream/river of water.
  • Ribbons will hang above the table, each bearing the name of the faithful who have gone before us.
  • Cabinet will robe and wear green stoles.

Order of Worship:

Element

Content

INVITATION TO SING

 

Invite all to stand, as able, to begin opening worship.

 

*PROCESSIONAL HYMN

 

“For All the  Saints”

UMH #711 (vv 1-7)

Cabinet & families process in

*RESPONSIVE GREETING

Welcome to Yellowstone Annual Conference!

We have gathered here—at this appointed hour—to celebrate the lives of those who have served faithfully through the years and now share in the triumph of Christ.

 

We affirm with praise and thanksgiving the goodness of the Lord.

 

Let us rejoice in God’s presence with us, in death as in life, among those who mourn
as with those who now see Christ face to face.

 

In the midst of our grief we sing with joy,
for God’s love is over all that has been made.

Blessed be God’s glorious name forever.

 

UM Book of Worship 737

*OPENING PRAYER

Please join me in a moment of prayer:

Tender and compassionate God,
we seek to know you through the hearing of your Word and pray that we may go beyond hearing to obeying,
as shown by the faithful lives of your departed servants whom we honor today.

We know that they are precious in your eyes,
worthy of your special attention and ours,
for they served well in the task that you gave them.

 

Grant that we may feel your presence
as did all the followers who knew Jesus in the breaking of the bread,

And may we experience the fire within
that sent them out to share good news. Amen.

 

United Methodist Book of Worship 738

Please be seated.

SCRIPTURE

Revelation 21:1-6

SERMON

“Eden Anew”  - Rev. Deborah Schmidt

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

A 1-2 minute eulogy on each of the following, with their photo displayed on screen:

  • Evelyn Bower Natwick
  • Ruth Marjorie Smith
  • Gordon Patterson
  • Lowell Uda
  • Marvin Eldridge
  • Laverne Adams
  • Ben Gum
  • Leslee Martin
  • Phyllis Morigeau Piper
  • Vern Klingman
  • Muriel  Miller Severns
  • Ethel Magsig
  • Frank Grant
  • We also remember the father of Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, Bruce G Parker who served in the Pacific Northwest conference as an ordained elder in various appointments, District Superintendent and Program Council Director.

 

Ring a low-pitched chime/bell after the reading of each, together with a brief moment of silence.

PRAYER FOR THE SAINTS & FAITHFUL DEPARTED

Please join me in moment of prayer:

God of us all,
we praise you and give you thanks for our friends and colleagues
who have faithfully lived and died in their faith.

We thank you for the sacred ties that bind us
to those we no longer see, but
who encompass us as a cloud of witnesses.

We pray that,
encouraged by their example and strengthened by their fellowship,
we may be attentive followers,
and that nothing will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

UM BOW 739

 

I invite us to pause for a moment of silence to honoring and remembering friends who have gone before us.

In the midst of our silence, gentle meditative music will begin to fill the space, leading us into a song celebrating the harvests of their lives and the fruits of their ministries.

 

After one minute of silence, “Concerning Harvest Time” will begin playing through the sound system. This will lead directly into, and serve as the intro for, singing “Harvest Time.”

 

*SONG

“Harvest Time”

Music available online

After singing invite all to be seated.

OFFERING

 

Sally McConnell  will speak to the offering to be received.

Designated recipient: UMCOR disaster relief - 75th Anniversary

HOLY COMMUNION

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God!

Folks come from east and west,
and from north and south.

All the citizens of God’s kingdom in Christ
will feast forever in glory.

This is the Lord’s table,
his dinner party spread across time.
And all who are baptized in him
are invited to this foretaste of the time to come.

Office of Worship, PC(USA)

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Life up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
almighty God.

You gave wonderful forms to the amazed elements:
the tender world blushed at the fires of the sun,
and the sleeping seas wondered at the tug of the moon.
and the sun's orb shine on emptiness.

You made from clay two more excellent likenesses,
which a holy fire quickened within,
and a lively spirit brought to life throughout their idle parts.

We may not look, O God, fully into the inner mysteries.

To you alone is known the full majesty of your work.

What there is in us you made:
the blood held in the veins that washes the flexing limbs;
the loose bodies that are held together by tightening nerves,
and the straight bones that gain strength from the organs within.

Whence comes so great a bounty to humble humanity,
that we should be formed in the likeness of you and your Child,
that an earthly thing should be eternal?

Yet, we have often abandoned the care of your
blessed majesty in creation
and mourn the ways we have betrayed your beautiful world.

But your manifold goodness and inestimable majesty sent the saving Wisdom from heaven,

so that Word should be made flesh by taking a human body,
that your Savior should care for that which we might have lost,
and that your Spirit healed our ancient wounds.

Therefore all the angels,
with the manifold multitude of the saints praise you.

They proclaim your magnificence,
made in the starry realms and descended to earth.

Not only to be known but also to be imitated
and, in living its truth, to be made whole again.

And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Holy are you and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.

By the baptism of his suffering, death and resurrection you gave birth to your Church.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples at the table, and said:

“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:

“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ has risen; Christ will come again.

Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of bread and wine.

Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

Many years ago, Jesus invited his friends to gather at his table.

They shared their feast and Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”

Today, we gather to partake of these precious gifts of shared sustenance on this table, a table that is open to all, where no one is left out.

Through eating of this feast Christ teaches us to restore our humanity’s dignity in paradise and to recognize that all humankind is created in the image of God.

This is the mystery: Christ’s body is newly mingled with our bodies.

His voice is in our ears; His brightness in our eyes.

In his compassion, the whole of him has been mingled in with the whole of us.

Eat so that all may know joy.

Come to the table! Taste and see how good God IS.

BOW 74-75 and
“Saving Paradise” website:
http://savingparadise.net/guides/

SHARING THE BREAD & CUP

Congregation is invited to come to the table to receive.

SPECIAL MUSIC as COMMUNION IS SHARED

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker & Dave Merkel

“Arioso”

by J.S. Bach

“Grace Alone”

by Scott Wesley Brown & Jeff Nelson

BLESSING/

BENEDICTION

Please rise to receive the benediction:

With the taste of Christ lingering on your tongues, go and be the salt of the earth that brings out the God-flavors in our world.

With the light you have found in each other’s’ eyes, go and shine brightly so that the God-colors of the world can be seen by all.

With the reminder of the waters of baptism, go, citizens of Paradise, and create justice, for Peace is coming even now.

Amen, and amen.

Adapt. “Saving Paradise” website: http://savingparadise.net/guides/

CLOSING/

RECESSIONAL HYMN

“Shall We Gather at the River”

UMH #723

All who processed in, process out.