A Service of Thanksgiving
For the Resurrection Life of
Kathryn Jane Hood Grassey
December 19, 1967 ~ December 8, 2020
December 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
The Holy Spirit, the comforter, gathers us in worship.
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 Kathryn 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.
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 Kathryn. 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
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
FIRST LESSON Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 Joan Searles
A reading from Ecclesiastes.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
SECOND LESSON Romans 8:15-18, 28, 38-39 Ginny Levitt
A reading from Romans
15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
18I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 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.
REMEMBRANCE Lydia Grassey
GOSPEL John 14:1-3 The Rev. Jeffrey Goodrich
The Holy Gospel according to John. Glory to you, O Lord.
1Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you O Christ.
SERMON The Rev. Jeffrey Goodrich
Virgin of the sky
Sovereign of thanksgiving and loving mother
Accept the fervent prayer of everybody
Do not refuse
To this lost person of mine, love
Truce in his pain!
My lost soul turns to you
And full of repentment, humbles at your feet
It invokes you and waits for the true peace
That only you can give
Ave Maria, full of thanksgiving
Maria, full of thanksgiving
Maria, full of thanksgiving
Ave Ave God
Be blessed among the women
And blessed be the product of your womb
Your womb, Jesus.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION Caryn Francese
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.
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 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
God blesses us and sends us out in peace.
PRAYER OF COMMENDATION
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Kathryn. 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.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace. Amen.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Words from Ginny Levitt, Kathryn’s godmother
Around 2:00 am Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 “They” came to escort Kathy’s dear soul to the place where she will continue her eternal life.
I’m not certain who “they” were, nor how many they were, but I know her dying body was quickened to awareness that “they” were there and she was ready to go with them.
I can speculate who “they” might have been. Surely those of the Communion of Saints who had already left this world behind and have spent their time in heaven worshiping God and praying for their beloved who were still on earth. I can only imagine Kathy’s Mom & Dad, Lulu & Fran, Don & Joan and so many others who loved her and who she loved, dancing off singing: “We are going to See The King. No more crying there, we are going to see the King. Alleluia, alleluia we’re going to see the King”. The battle won, the worn out body shed, strength and freedom of soul renewed. Kathy could celebrate being the miracle in a different way than we had hoped, but free at last.
I can only imagine Kathy’s not far away and will always be close to her beloved daughters watching over them continually. Watching over each of us she holds in her heart until the day she is sent to be part of the “they” who will come to escort us when our own day comes.
I can only imagine her joy.
In this season of Christmas, even as we grieve our loss, I encourage you to visit with the Babe of Bethlehem. The Lamb of God, and invite Him to take up residence in your heart as the Lord and Savior of your life. That your name be written in His Book of Life.
PASTOR: The Rev. Jeffrey Goodrich
EULOGY: Lydia Grassey
READERS: Ginny Levitt, Joan Searles, & Caryn Francese
TECH: Nicholas Seale
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