At Gornal Wood Crematorium
John 14, 1-3
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am.
Hymn: Lord of all Hopefulness (Common Praise 507)
Melody: SLANE Irish traditional melody harmonised by Erik Routley 1917-1982
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy, whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy, be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith, whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe, be there at our labours, and give us, we pray. your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace, your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace, be there at our homing, and give us, we pray, your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm, whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm, be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray. your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
JAN STRUTHER (JOYCE PLACZEK) 1901-1951
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease; take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and Thy balm; let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
still, small voice of calm.
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 1807-1892
Tribute (Julian Hyde)
Introitus: Requiem aeternam from Officium defunctorum (Requiem) (1605) by Tomás Luis de Victoria Gabrieli Consort directed by Paul McCreesh
Reading (Viv Bamber)
If I should go before the rest of you break not a flower or inscribe a stone, Nor when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice But be the usual selves that I have known. Weep if you must, Parting is hell, But life goes on So sing as well.
Reading (Joshua Armstrong)
I Corinthians 13, 4-8a
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.