A Service of Thanksgiving

For the Resurrection Life of

Jennifer Anita Cinelli

November 23, 1970 – November 11, 2021

November 19, 2021

10:00 am

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Westborough, MA

PRELUDE

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier
Johann G. Walther

The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Dale Wood

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele
Johannes Brahms

O Heiliger Geist, O Heiliger Gott
J. C. F. Fischer

INTRODUCTION

Welcome in the name of Jesus, the Savior of the world. We are gathered to worship, to proclaim Christ crucified and risen, to remember before God our sister Jennifer to give thanks for her life, to commend her to our merciful redeemer, and to comfort one another in our grief.

THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM

When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death. We were buried therefore with him by Baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who by your breath gave us life, we glorify you.

We glorify you.

Jesus Christ, the resurrection, and the life, who suffered death for all humanity, who rose from the grave to open the way to eternal life, we praise you.

We praise you.

Holy Spirit, author and giver of life, the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence and everlasting hope, we worship you.

We worship you.

To you, O blessed Trinity, be glory and honor, forever and ever. Amen.

GATHERING HYMN

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

GREETING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray. O God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our sister Jennifer. We thank you for giving her to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us your aid, so we may see in death the gate to eternal life, that we may continue our course on earth in confidence until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before us; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

FIRST LESSON PSALM 23 Margot Donnelly

A reading from Psalms.

1The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;

3he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff —
they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6Surely 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.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

SPECIAL MUSIC

Come to Jesus
arr. Chris Rice 

Lexi Foster, soloist

SECOND LESSON ROMANS 8:31-35, 37-39 Deborah Kriegsman

A reading from Romans.

31What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

SPECIAL MUSIC

Amazing Grace
arr. Merle J. Isaac

Fiona Donnelly, violin, Emily Dill, cello, Sophia Dill, viola

POEM

A Mother’s Dream Parable
by Temple Bailey

Allison & Amanda Cinelli

SPECIAL MUSIC

Gift of Love
arr, Hopson/Kuder

Fiona Donnelly, violin, Emily Dill, cello, Sophia Dill, viola

REMEMBRANCES Kristen ‘Vern’ Smolen

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

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GOSPEL JOHN 15:1-11

The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said: 1I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON The Rev. Jeffrey Goodrich

HYMN OF THE DAY

On Eagle’s Wings

 

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION Stan Corbett

Let us pray.

Almighty God, in holy baptism you have knit your chosen people together into one communion of saints in the body of Christ. Give to your whole church in heaven and on earth your light and your peace. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Grant that all who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection may die to sin and rise to share the new life in Christ. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give courage and faith to all who mourn, and a sure and certain hope in your loving care, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may have strength for the days ahead. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that, where this world groans in grief and pain, your Holy Spirit may lead us to bear witness to your light and life. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

Help us, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting. God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

The presiding minister concludes the prayers.

God of all grace, we give you thanks because by his death our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death and by his resurrection he opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Make us certain that because he lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, will be able to separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Let us pray as Jesus taught us, each in the words or language of our choice.

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass 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 and ever. Amen.

OR

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

LITANY OF THANKSGIVING

For the life of Jennifer Anita Hopkins, and her enduring faith in God.
We give thanks.

For her childhood in Framingham, Massachusetts, and for the family that formed her.
We give thanks.

For deep and lasting friendships that have withstood the test of time.
We give thanks.

For her 19 years of marriage to Anthony, and the strength of the love that they shared.
We give thanks.

For her love of being a mother, and for the love and support she poured into Allison and Amanda.
We give thanks.
For the magic she created at epic birthday parties.
We give thanks.

For bargain shopping at Home Goods.
We give thanks.

For her love of the color pink.
We give thanks.

For her planning and too many checklists to count.
We give thanks.

For her scrapbooking skills and Shutterfly picture books to capture memories forever.
We give thanks.

For family vacations that always included sun, ocean, and sand.
We give thanks.

For all she gave and received from Whitinsville Christian School and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
We give thanks.

For her laughter, and determination to find joy in the face of pain and struggle.
We give thanks.

For the ways she would befriend strangers, and listen to their stories.
We give thanks.

For the abiding and abundant love that she gave, all as a reflection of God’s love.
We give thanks.

For a life well-lived, for the lives that she touched, and for a smile that made this world a better
lace.
Thanks be to God.

PRAYER OF COMMENDATION

Let us commend Jennifer Anita to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Jennifer. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Let us go forth in peace. In the name of Christ. Amen

SENDING HYMN

There in God’s Garden

POSTLUDE

Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten, BWV 642
J. S. Bach


A procession will form and leave the church, the ministers leading.

Burial follows the service at

Pinegrove Cemetery

Jennifer’s family cordially invites you to a collation meal following the interment at

Arturo’s Ristorante † 54 E. Main St, Westborough, MA

COMMITTAL

Grace and peace from our Savior Jesus Christ be with you all.

Let us pray. Holy God, holy and powerful, by the death and burial of Jesus your anointed, you have destroyed the power of death and made holy the resting places of all your people. Keep our sister Jennifer, whose body we now lay to rest, in the company of all your saints. And at the last, O God, raise her up to share with all the faithful the endless joy and peace won through the glorious resurrection of Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to almighty God our sister Jennifer, and we commit her body to its resting place; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

The Lord bless her and keep her.
The Lord’s face shine on her with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon her with favor and + give her peace. Amen.

Rest eternal grant her, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon her.

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Let us pray as Jesus taught us, each in the words or language of our choice.

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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass 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 and ever. Amen.

OR

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.

Let us go in peace.


PARTICIPANTS

Celebrant/Preacher
Rev. Jeffrey Goodrich

Readers
Margot Donnelly, Deborah Kriegsman, Allison Cinelli & Amanda Cinelli

Special Music
Lexi Foster, soloist

Fiona Donnelly, Emily Dill & Sophia Dill, string trio

Pall Bearers
Aidan Clatur, Chase Clatur, Wyatt Clatur & Jackson Burmeister

Worship Assistant
Stan Corbett

Organist
Yeon Soh

Director of Music
Kirby Stalley

Ushers
Carl Miett & Randy Koopman

Altar Care
Caryn Francese, Linda Frederico, Stephanie Leclair, Christiane Merrow, Joan Olson, Trudy Roybal, Barbara Shumaker, Jean Smith & Katie Zimmermann

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