Almighty God, our loving, Heavenly Father
we humbly lift our hearts to Thee. Remember
in loving mercy those that are bereaved. Be Thou
at this hour the comforting Father of all who mourn.
Administer unto them the consolation they need.
Cause us to look above this scene of mortality to
the life which lies in thy immortality. Lead us,
by Thy grace and spirit, to seek those things
which make for our everlasting peace, and fix our
thoughts more devotedly on Thee, the only sure
refuge in time of need; and at last when our
earthly pilgrimage shall have ended, "when the
silver cord shall be loosed, and the golden bowl
be broken," wilt Thou O Father, be indeed
Immanuel-God with us. May the lamp of Thy
love dispel the gloom of the dark valley, and may
we be enabled by our faith in Thy Son to gain
admission into the blessed temple above. Help us
look "beyond the sunset" to the eternal sunrise.
In the Holy name of Jesus we pray. Amen.