We remember today the words of our savior, Jesus Christ: “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Almighty and eternal God, from whose love we cannot be parted even by death, hear our prayers and thanksgivings for your servant Bill Joiner.
For although we no longer feel the touch of your faithful departed, fulfill in them, we pray, the purposes of your love and bring us, with them, to your eternal joy.
Lord God of hosts, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, watch over and protect the airmen of our country.Give them courage as they face the foe, and skill in the performance of their duty. Sustain them with your everlasting arms. May your hand lead them, and your right hand uphold them, that they may return to the earth with a grateful sense of your mercy.
All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Sources: The Book of Common
Prayer, 1979. Public domain.
Enriching Our Worship 2, Ministry with the Sick or Dying; Burial of a Child,
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