Celebration of Life

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Order of Worship
Saturday, May 22, 2021

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The Gathering

“Pan et les oiseaux” 
by Jules Mouque
Chris Garofalo, Director of Music Ministry

The Gathering

Greeting
Reverend Jeremiah Lee, Associate Pastor

Pastor
Friends, we have gathered here to praise God and to witness to our faith as we celebrate the life of Kay Van Buskirk.

People
We come together in grief, acknowledging our human loss.

Pastor
May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort, in sorrow hope, in death resurrection.

Hymn
“How Great Thou Art”
Andy Redeker, Cantor

Verse 1
O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
consider all the *worlds thy hand have made,
I see the stars, I hear the *rolling thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed

Refrain
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee;
how great thou art, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee;
how great thou art, how great thou art!

Verse 2
When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

Refrain

Verse 3

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
sent him to die, I scarce can take it in;
that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away my sin;

Refrain

Verse 4

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!

Refrain

Prayer Psalm 23 (in unison) 

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Scripture and Proclamation

Scripture
Micah 6:8b, John 14:1-4, Matthew 25:31-40
Sam Leventry, Friend

Message
Pastor Jeremiah

Witness
Mary Mueller, Friend
Dale & Rosemary Zimmerman, Friends
Ron Van Buskirk, Son
Anne Capella, Daughter
Emilia Van Buskirk, Niece

Naming
You are invited to witness to your
relationship with Kay with a word or phrase

Special Song
Andy Redeker, Cantor

Prayer

Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Hymn
“Amazing Grace”
Andy Redeker, Cantor

Verse 1
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
was blind, but now I see.

Verse 2
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

Verse 3
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

Verse 4
The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.

Verse 5
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.

Verse 6
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.

Sending Forth

Pastor
Christ went before us in death, as has our loved one, Kay, showing us the way into eternal life.

People
We celebrate the good life we have shared with Kay.

Pastor
God has given. God has received that which was loaned to us.

People
We are thankful for the good days we shared.

Pastor
The grace of Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

People
Amen.

Postlude
“Cavatina”
by Stanley Meyers
Chris Garofalo, Director of Music Ministry


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