Litany of Remembrance
Leader: We remember all who have died in the service of their country throughout the years. At this time we especially think of those who have died in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Palestine, Syria, Israel, Pakistan, and all other places where people are at war today.
People: We remember, and commit ourselves to work for peace in these areas of our world, to give support and comfort to the survivors, and to love even those we consider our enemies.
Leader: We remember the many civilians – men, women and children- who have died because of war as they tried to go about their daily lives in the midst of conflict.
People: We remember and pray that bullets and bombs can be stilled so that all can find and enjoy their “daily bread.”
Leader: We remember that death comes in the violence of neighbor against neighbor; of family members against each other; and in the acts of hate and violence caused by racism, sexism, homophobia, and even religion.
People: We remember and are in need of comfort for such happens within our own communities and families. We need to remember that all persons are children of God, that fear and hate can be overcome with hope and love, and that unity and diversity are complementary values.
Leader: We remember those of our families that have died – our parents, grandparents, siblings, and others. We are thankful for their nurture and love. We acknowledge the pain they may have caused us and/or the pain we caused them, and we seek forgiveness.
People: We remember with joy the fun of play, the stories shared, the lessons learned, and the many meals eaten at the family table. We remember with sadness the times we experienced and participated in family unrest and brokenness. May we honor, respect, and love each other.
Leader: We remember our spouses and partners with whom we made life-time commitments. We mourn their passing, but are comforted by the memories that they have left behind within our hearts.
People: We remember all who have experienced the loss of their life’s companion. We reaffirm our own vows of love, trust and care on the journey of living together in family. Bless us on this journey.
Leader: We remember those who have lost children. To lose a child is extremely difficult and we lift up parents in their grief for your compassion.
People: We remember these children and their parents. We ask a special blessing for all children that they may experience love, peace and justice in their worlds.
Leader: We remember our friends who have died. They shared our growing-up years or our spiritual journey or our values and ideals. These good friends provided insight, were a sounding board, shared in fun and disappointment, and were always present. We miss them.
People: We remember and we seek your guidance as we try to be faithful friends. May we model our friendship after our Friend, Jesus.
Leader: We remember our co-workers and companions in vocation and service. We thank you for their contributions to their profession, career, and work environment. Many left behind a new direction, idea, or purpose in the area of their work. We honor them.
People: We remember and acknowledge those that we have worked with in various capacities through out the years. Each influenced our lives and work. May we in turn be good co-workers with others.
UNISON: We remember and give thanks for all who have gone before us. May each candle give us light. May each memory be full of blessing and the assurance of God’s presence. AMEN
“There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God,
a place where we our Savior meet, near to the heart of God.
O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God,
hold us who wait before thee near to the heart of God.” Cleland B. McAfee, 1903
Joyce D. Sohl, Laywoman-in-Residence
Joyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Spirituality & the Arts with such programs as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, quarterly retreats, and art exhibits.