Transcript by Bob Kleinheksel, May 24, 2009
It is good and right we gather in community: To meditate, to weep gentle tears, to be uplifted by laughter, to unite, to connect, to give and receive, to be enhanced in our humanity. We gather to reverence life together, to move in common vision and to welcome all who enter. Let it be so that this Sunday morning experience joins in common strand all else that happens in the course of our lives. That our religion would be from dawn to dusk, our spirituality in all things and our focus upon the essential.
We lift up individual uniqueness and beauty – and the strength of community right now. Each presence important for the whole; each voice, each body an encouragement to me and all others.
In our memorializing, we both remember and recall. Re-membering as putting pieces and people back together. Firmly in our minds and hearts we establish those loved and lost; firmly in community we establish people to their rightful places. Re-membering is as beautiful as dis-membering is heinous. So let us be about including and re-membering the broader community across the generations – fitting their lives, values and humanity in the context of our own. Let us celebrate their eternal and infinite life in our memories, in our voices and hands. Let us affirm the intimate connections between all people in mystery and in the ordinariness of life.
We remember all those grieving. May their tears be known and received. Let sorrow move into gratitude, understanding and healing as well. We lift up all family and friends in the broadest spectrum of experiences. In silence now, we remember those in need; in silence we remember all those who dutifully and sacrificially served in the armed forces.
Let the grills be fired up; let the relaxing begin. Even let the daunting lawn and garden projects begin. May families gather, good sports be enjoyed and tender memorializing of the fallen ones known and remembered. Amen.