YDS ’61 Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

Yale Divinity School

Members and Friends of the Class of 1961            

A Celebration of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

October 10, 2011

[Congregation – Dark Print    –     Leader – Light Print]

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The Spirit of God be our guide
To lead us to peace and glory.


My brothers and sisters, our help is in the name of the eternal God,
Who is making the heaven and the earth.

Dear God, thank you for all that is good, for our creation and our humanity, for the stewardship you have given us of this planet earth, for the gifts of life and of one another, for your love which is unbounded and eternal.

 O thou, most holy and beloved, our companion, our guide upon the way,
our bright evening star.
We repent the wrongs we have done.

We have wounded your love
O God, heal us.

We stumble in the darkness.
Light of the world, transfigure us.

We forget that you are our home.
Spirit of God, dwell within us.

Eternal Spirit, living God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
All that we are, have been, and shall be is known to you, to the very secret of our
hearts and all that rises to trouble us.  Living flame, burn into us, cleansing wind,
blow through us, fountain of  water, well up within us, that we may love and praise
in deed and in truth. Eternal Spirit, flow through our being and open our lips,
That our mouths may proclaim your praise.

Let us worship the God of love.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Psalm 16
O God, I give you thanks for the wisdom of your counsel,
Even at night you have instructed my heart.
I have set your face always before me,
You are at my right hand and I shall not fall.
Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices,
My flesh also shall rest secure.
For you will not give me over to the power of death,
Nor let your faithful one see the Pit.
In your presence is the fullness of joy,
And from your right hand flow delights for evermore.


According to the riches of God’s glory, may you be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit in your inner being, and may Christ dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of God in Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.                                                                     Ephesians 3:16-19

                Be thou my vision, O Christ of my heart,
Be all else to me save that thou art,
Be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
Both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

                Riches I heed not, nor folk’s empty praise,
Be thou my inheritance now and always,
Be thou and thou only the first in my heart
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

You have ordered this wondrous world, O God, and you know all things in earth and heaven; so fill our hearts with trust in you that by day and by night, we may commit those who are dear to us to your never failing love, for this life, and the life to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who to the world their
steadfast faith confessed, your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.
Alleluia!   Alleluia!

       Still may your people, faithful, true and bold live as the saints who nobly
fought of old, and share with them a glorious crown of gold.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

       Ringed by this crowd of witnesses divine, we feebly struggle, they in glory
shine; yet in your love our faithful lives entwine.
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alternative for the Lord’s Prayer

Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, life-giver, Source of all that is and shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us,
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever.  AMEN

It is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day,
What has been done has been done;
What has not been done has not been done;
Let it be.

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
Rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us,
And all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.

Support us Lord, all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in your mercy, give us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last.    AMEN

The divine Spirit dwells in us.
Thanks be to God.

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 Our service of worship is adapted from the
New Zealand
Prayer Book – “Compline”

(Assembled by Phil and Deborah McKean, YDS Class of 1961)


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