A SERVICE OF REMEMBERANCE FOR

Autumn Dawn Middleton

March 11, 1996 -- April 9, 1996


The Order for Burial of the Dead

Lutheran Book of Worship, pages 206 ff.

Saturday April 13, 1996 10:00 a.m.



A Remembrance of Baptism
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy and the God of all consolation. He comforts us in all our sorrows so that we can comfort others in their sorrows with the consolation we ourselves have received from God.
Rs: Thanks be to God.

Canticle Bred Dina Vida Vingar


1. Thy holy wings, O Savior,
Spread gently over me,
And let me rest securely
Through good and ill in thee.
Oh, be my strength and portion,
My rock and hiding place,
And let my ev'ry moment
Be lived within thy grace.

2. Oh, wash me in the waters
Of Noah's cleansing flood;
Give me a willing spirit,
A heart, both clean and good.
And take into thy keeping
Thy children great and small,
And while we sweetly slumber,
Enfold us one and all.


The Lord be with you.
Rs: And also with you.

Let us pray:
O God our Father, your beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them. Give us grace, we pray, that we may entrust Autumn Dawn to your never-failing care and love, and bring us all to your heavenly kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Rs: Amen.

First Reading - Revelation 7:9-17

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that
no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes
and peoples and languages, standing before the throne
and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm
branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice,
saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on
the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels stood
around the throne and around the elders and the four
living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the
throne and worshiped God, singing, "Amen! Blessing
and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and
power and might be to our God forever and ever!
Amen." Then one of the elders addressed me, saying,
"Who are these, robed in white, and where have they
come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that
knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have
come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their
robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God, and
worship him day and night within his temple, and the
one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They
will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will
not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb
at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and
he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and
God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."


Psalm 23 sung to the tune of Amazing Grace

1. The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green, He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
4. My table Thou has furnish’ed
In presence of my foes.
My head Thou dost with oil anoint.
And my cup overflows.
2. My soul He has restored again
My feet to walk does make
Within the paths of righteousness
But for His own name’s sake.
5. Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me.
And in God’s house forever more
My dwelling place shall be.
3. Ev’n though I walk through Death’s dark place, 
Yet I will fear no ill.
For Thou are with me and Thy rod
And staff will guard me still.
6. The Lord has promised good to me;
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.


Second Reading - Luke 18: 15-17

People were bringing even infants to him that he might
touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly
ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them
and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not
stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of
God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive
the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."


Sermon

Hymn Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters

1. Wash, O God, our sons and daughters,
where your cleansing waters flow.
Number them among your people;
bless as Christ blessed long ago.
Weave them garments bright and sparkling; 
compass them with love and light
Fill, anoint them; send your Spirit,
holy dove and heart’s delight.
2. Oh, how deep your holy wisdom!
Unimagined, all your ways!
To your name be glory, honor!
With our lives we worship, praise!
We your people stand before you,
water washed and Spirit born.
By your grace, our lives we offer.
Recreate us; God, transform!


The Creed

God has made us his people through our Baptism into Christ.
Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the powr of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen

The Prayers

Let us pray:
For our dear little Autumn Dawn, let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ who said, "I am the resurrection and the life." Lord you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress, draw near to us who mourn for Autumn, and dry the tears of those who weep. Let us pray,
Rs: Hear us, Lord.

You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend, comfort us in our sorrow. Let us pray,
Rs: Hear us, Lord.

You raised the dead to life; give your precious child, Autumn, eternal life. Let us pray,
Rs: Hear us, Lord.

You promised paradise to the thief who repented, bring Autumn your beloved child to the joys of heaven. Let us pray,
Rs: Hear us, Lord.

Autumn was washed in the waters of baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit; give her fellowship with all your saints. Let us pray,
Rs: Hear us, Lord.

Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of Autumn; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope. Let us pray,
Rs: Hear us, Lord.

Grant us grace to entrust Autumn Dawn to your never-failing love which sustains us all in this life. Receive her into your arms of mercy, and remember her according to the favor you bear for all your people. Let us pray,
Rs: Hear us, Lord.

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

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 is, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen


Commendation and Benediction

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Autumn Dawn. Acknowledge, we humble 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.
Rs: Amen

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

Recessional Hymn Children of the Heavenly Father

1. Children of the Heavenly Father
Safely in his bosom gather.
Nestling bird or star in heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.
3. Neither life nor death shall ever 
From the Lord his children sever;
Unto them his grace he showeth,
And their sorrows all he knoweth.
2. God his own doth tend and nourish,
In his holy courts they flourish.
From all evil things he spares them,
In his mighty arms he bears them.
4. Though he giveth or he taketh,
God his children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.


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