Burial Rite

Mother Katherine’s sermon preached on Sep. 18, 2021

Posted by on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 in Burial Rite, Sermons

“That sounds like Bud!” Those were June’s words as we chose today’s readings. Indeed they do. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end.” Classic Bud. Maybe not in those words exactly, but he carried that sense of God’s steadfast love with him, even his steps processing in with the choir had a purposefulness to them, as if to say, ‘Ah, this is what we do, this is whose we are.’

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Burial Rite Livestream: September 18, 2021

Posted by on Sat, Sep 18, 2021 in Burial Rite, Livestream

An archival video of the Burial Rite for Bud Harmon streamed live via Vimeo and Facebook Live, on Sep. 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Any words or music under copyright are included with permission under ONE LICENSE No. A-706794.

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Apr. 24, 2019 – Burial Rite for Chris Pierce – Homily

Posted by on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 in Burial Rite, Sermons

That good shepherd reading always sounds like a beautiful Sunday school lesson from our childhood. I recently saw an e-card for Easter using the good shepherd imagery. A pristine little lamb ambled through tidy meadows nibbling perfect flowers and grass. He wanders until a kindly and immaculate shepherd (with just a little spatter of mud on his boots) picks him up and carries him home on his shoulders. Ever been around sheep? They’re messy and muddy and loud! They go their own way, then suddenly turn and go the way of the flock, maybe. Sometimes they obey and sometimes not – mostly not. It’s a good image for Jesus because we are more like real life sheep than the e-card version, and God loves us all anyway! It’s a good image for us today because we get to consider Chris as a sheep of God’s flock and as a very good shepherd of a flock herself.

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Burial Rite for Mortimer Franklin Harman, Jr. – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Sep 23, 2018 in Burial Rite, Sermons

Burial Rite for Mortimer Franklin Harman, Jr. (1927-2018) September 23, 2018 At funerals as in life, there are so many different pieces that come to make up the whole mosaic of a person’s life. Today we honor the way that life has impressed itself on us, and now become a part of our own life’s mosaic. We’ve had a picture of that sense of the whole from Mort’s son Scott, and we glimpse pieces of his life in the readings the family chose, the music, the flowers, the prayers, the memories of him you hold. His granddaughter Katie offered a special prayer for those absent from us, in loving...

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Jan. 13, 2018 – Burial Rite for Charles Donald Blondino (sermon)

Posted by on Sat, Jan 13, 2018 in Burial Rite, Sermons

In the years I’ve known Charles Donald Blondino – “Chuck” – there has been a visible life trajectory going on, a path towards joyful living in God’s loving embrace as constantly as possible. Even as Chuck grew older, became ill, those things became part of this trajectory. This path he progressed along led him to become and live into what we just heard in the First letter of John, “Beloved, we are God’s children now!” Although what we will be is yet unrevealed, Oh! How he sought to know it and grow into it! How often have we heard of people getting set in their ways, unwilling to accept changes or reconsider their positions on the big things in life? Not Chuck—his bottomless thirst of knowledge (which he shared abundantly) complimented his ever-growing love of God and the maturing of his faith, and yet it seemed to bring him closer to that childlike simplicity that 1 John speaks of; Because we receive divine love we are also “Beloved, we are God’s children now”!

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Sep. 17, 2017 – Burial of Donald Eugene Wilbert – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Sep 17, 2017 in Burial Rite, Sermons

Burial Rite for Donald Eugene Wilbert September 17, 2017 Scripture selected by Don’s family: Wisdom 3:1-5, 9 Psalm 139:1-11 1 John 3:1-2 John 14:1-6a View the bulletin for Don’s service. Sometimes when we come to bury a member, we have to make a few guesses and extrapolations about their faith from the fact that they were Episcopalians or that they worshipped here. Not so with Don; one of his greatest gifts was talking about spiritual things and sharing his faith life and growth with others, listening to their stories too. Our reading from the Wisdom of Solomon says, “hope is full of...

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