My Fine Funeral

  • Saturday at 11 am at Christ Episcopal Church, Sausalito
  • Presiders – The Reverend, Doctor Daniel London, The Reverend Chip Larrimore or

    The Reverend Richard Schaper, with The Reverend Alberta Bueller assisting.

  • Available as a Zoom Webinar – announced to my Facebook friends.
  • An 8.5″x11″ service booklet, with everything printed, including musical notation.
  • My urn and a big spray of flowers in front of the altar
  • Poem to be printed on the back of the service booklet, but not read.

    GONE FROM MY SIGHT – by Henry Van Dyke
    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
    spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
    for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
    I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
    of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
    Gone where?
    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
    hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
    And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
    And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
    there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
    ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
    And that is dying…

  • Readings:
    Heart Sutra – led by the Deacon, recited by all:

    This Body itself is Emptiness and Emptiness itself is this Body.

    This Body is not other than Emptiness and Emptiness is not other than this Body.

    The same is true of Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations, and Consciousness.

    All phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth no Death, no Being no Non-being, no Defilement, no Purity, no Increasing, no Decreasing.

    23rd Psalm, King James version- led by Deacon, recited by all:
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I

walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…

Matthew 14:22-33
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

John 10:27-29, 11:25-26, 14:1-3
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

• Confession

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Deacon: Let us confess our sins against God and one another.

All together: Almighty God, Source of all that is, Giver of every good gift: You create all people in your image and call us to love one another as you love us. We confess that we have failed to honor you in the great diversity of the human family. We have desired to live in freedom, while building walls between ourselves and others. We have longed to be known and accepted for who we are, while making judgements of others based on the color of skin, or the shape of features, or the varieties of human experience. We have tried to love our neighbors individually while yet benefitting from systems that hold those same neighbors in oppression. Forgive us, Holy God. Give us eyes to see you as you are revealed in all people. Strengthen us for the work of reconciliation rooted in love. Restore us in your image, to be beloved community, united in our diversity, even as you are one with Christ and the Spirit, Holy and undivided Trinity, now and forever. Amen.

  • Holy Eucharist – ALL are welcome, really.
  • Music – All sing, accompanied by live acoustical band

    “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” “Amazing Grace” verses 1 -4

    “Imagine” – Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today. Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace, you You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us and the world will be as one. Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can.. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people sharing all the world,

You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us. And the world will be as one.

Musicians: Acoustically amplified guitar, electric bass, mandolin, and fiddle.

No bagpipes!

  • No sermon, no eulogy
  • No creed
  • Holy Eucharist with all invited to receive at the altar.
  • Procession with urn to Garden Columbarium niche, where the priest continues:

    Holy God, Holy and merciful Savior, Blessed Virgin, deliver us not into the bitterness of eternal death. Amen

    Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our brother Roy, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Amen

    Grant that his death may recall to us your victory over death and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Father’s love. Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to the ages of ages. Amen Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Roy. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

  • Campbell Hall Reception – Catered Santa Maria BBQ – Red Oak Fired
    • Tri-Tip steak
    • Homemade mild salsa crudo
    • Santa Maria beans
    • Garlic bread
    • Green salad
    • Blackberry cobbler & vanilla ice cream (Carol Ann’s recipe)
  • High quality sound system with DJ mixing from my iTunes playlists @Final and @Best
  • Open mike for those who choose to speak.
  • Dismissal – “Go in Peace”