we thank you for those who have gone on before us,
pioneers in faith and ministry, thought, word and deed.
We thank you for their example of living a Christ like life
We know that they were no more perfect than you and I,
but we all are your children.
Help us to remember when we are running the race of life,
that all these people stand by us, cheering us on, praying for us, and loving us.
Also, Lord in your compassion,
comfort those who are grieving the loss of their saint(s).
Comfort the churches.
Comfort the Pastors.
Comfort your people.
(Forgive me, for not doing this this morning, I substituted for the Senior Pastor who is ill with the flu.)