Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Here is the memorial service without my words that i posted a couple of days ago.
God Bless

325 Mormon Trek Blvd.
Iowa City, Iowa 52246
December 27, 2006 A Service of Remembrance for Mary Reiman
A Service of Healing for Moriah Reiman

P: Grace to you and peace from God our father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
C: Amen.

A reading from Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
A reading from Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
A reading from Romans 6:3-9
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

Readings from Mary’s funeral – Rex Spicer
Job 19:23-27a
"O that my words were written down! O that they were inscribed in a book! O that with an iron pen and with lead they were engraved on a rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been thus destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see on my side, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57
Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
St. Matthew 11:25-30
At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Meditation – Pastor David A. Aanonson
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
It has been one year and one day, one year and one day since we all, in one way or another, received the tragic news that Mary had been killed. It was a moment that changed our lives, forever changed our lives. We have all lost a friend that we know will never be replaced. For Dale and Danielle there is an emptiness that cannot ever be filled. For Moriah, well, for Moriah nothing has changed and that is so very, very tragic. Tonight we remember Mary and we pray for Moriah. For one year and one day Dale, Moriah, and Danielle you have been in my prayers, everyday for that one year and one day. This congregation has remembered Moriah every Sunday in its prayers for one year and one day. We pray that one day the prayers for healing will be prayers of rejoicing and thanksgiving.
Dale, you faith has been uplifting. As I have sought to give you strength, you have been the one who has given me strength. I believe that is probably true for so many others also. I have referred your blog to countless pastors and told them that they needed to read it. I thank you Dale for this gift to the rest of us and for putting your faith and your life together so very well.
I would like us to meditate for a few moments on the words of St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, the fifteenth chapter. These words were read to you at Mary’s funeral and also earlier this evening. The fourteenth and fifteenth chapters of this book are so very inspirational. St. Paul is writing about the resurrection of the dead. He proclaims the resurrection as the victory of Christ over sin, death, and the devil. He proclaims total victory. Death is decimated; to be no more. God speaks His promise to us through St. Paul in these words. Those who have died will be raised to new life in Christ. What was perishable will be raised as imperishable, as St. Paul proclaims. "Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed." God raised Christ from death and proclaimed victory over death for all eternity. Because of a baptismal promise made to Mary many years ago by God, I believe beyond any shadow of a doubt that Mary is now in Christ and shares with Christ in His victory over death. It is in this that we have our hope. Mary has inherited God’s promise. Over this St. Paul raises a shout of victory, "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? …thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." So it is for Mary and so it is for us. Death has not been victorious. Even as Mary has inherited the promise, we now await the fulfillment of the promise for us. Yet, Mary is not separated from us. Whether we live or whether we die we are in Christ. In Christ, we are yet together with one another and with Mary.
I would like to close with some words that I read on a recent blog, Dale, apparently they are words on an anniversary card given to you by Mary in 1994. So when you look ahead to future changes or think about how the past used to be, don’t forget to look beside you, because that’s where you’ll find me…. I am sure that each of you, in some way, feels Mary to be beside you everyday. But, you, of course, realize that those same words could have been said by our Lord Jesus Christ. He is always beside you and will carry you through this and all other challenges and tragedies in your life. Again, the words of St. Paul, this time from Romans, Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor 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. ... nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Remarks – Dale Reiman (1-6-07 blog)

Prayers in remembrance of Mary
[P] Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort: Deal Graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their sorrow on You, they may know the consolation of Your love; through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
[C] Amen.
[P] Eternal God, You gave Mary a new birth in Baptism and entrusted her to us for a time that seems too short. As we thank You for the life we shared, help us now to release her to Your mighty keeping. Bring us all to that day when we shall stand in Your presence with all Your saints in light eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[C] Amen.
[P] With reverence and affection we remember before You, O everlasting God, all our departed friends and relatives. Keep us in union with them here through faith and love toward You, that hereafter we may enter into Your presence and be numbered with those who serve You and look upon Your face in glory everlasting, through Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
[C] Amen.
[P] O most loving Father, You want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing You, and to lay all our cares on You, knowing that You care for us. Grant that no clouds in this mortal life may hide from us the light of Your immortal love shown to us in Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
[C] Amen.
[P] Merciful Creator, Your Holy Spirit intercedes for us even when we do not know how to pray. Send Your spirit now to comfort us in these days of need and loss, and help us to commend Mary to Your merciful care; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[C] Amen.

Prayers of healing for Moriah
[P] Let us pray for all who suffer.
[P] Merciful Lord, You sent Your Son to be our peace, Help all who suffer pain or grief to find in Him strength and peace, so that their trust in Your promises may be renewed; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[C] Amen.
[P] We are here in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who restored the sick to health and who Himself suffered for our sake. He is present among us still to heal and to make whole. We entrust our sister, Moriah, to the grace and power of Jesus Christ, that the Lord may ease her suffering and grand her health and salvation.
A reading from Luke 4:40
When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying His hands on each one, He healed them.
[P] I lay my hands upon You in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, beseeching Him to uphold You and fill You with grace, that You may know the healing power of His love.
[C] Amen.
[P] Moriah, I anoint you with oil in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
[C] Amen.
[P] Holy and blessed Trinity, sustain Your servant Moriah with Your presence; drive away sickness from her body and spirit; and give her that victory of life and peace which will enable her to serve You now and evermore.
[C] Amen.
[P] Let us pray.
[P] Merciful Lord God, constant source of all healing, we give You thanks for all Your gifts of strength and life, and above all we thank You for the gift if Your Son, through whom we have health and salvation. As we wait for that day when there will be no more pain, help us by Your Holy Spirit to be assured of Your power in our lives and to trust in Your eternal love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
[C] Amen.
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

P: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
C: Amen


Blogger Emily Wilkinson said...

Dale - thank you for sharing all of this. Matt and I wished we could have been there with all of you to celebrate two wonderful people; especially to pray for the healing of our friend. I am so grateful to at least be able to share in the prayers that you shared here. Thank you for all you have shared with all of us - you are such an inspiration and a role model of faith.

Thank you.

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