For several years our Spiritual Formation Group has worked with a local nursing home. Tonight we learned that one of residents -- a most delightful sister in Christ who ministered to us far more than we ministered to her -- fell asleep in the Lord. Though we sorrow, we do not mourn as those without hope. Even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Mildred. Acknowledge, we humbly 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. Amen.
May her soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.