Dying Well - Ways to Practice - Worship

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live,
we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or
whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again.
So that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.


— Romans 14:7-9


Turn my Heart: A Sacred Journey from Brokenness to Healing
Susan Briehl and Marty Haugen (GIA Publications, 2003)
This book by Project Associate Susan Briehl and musician/composer Marty Haugen includes texts, songs, and several prayer services for use at home or around the bed of a dying person, including a prayer of commendation for those to whom death draws near.


Litany
This litany claims God's promises on behalf of someone who cannot claim them for himself or herself.

O God, Center of us all,
Let us circle 'round you, to claim for __________ what s/he cannot claim for her/himself.
You have not promised Life without lament
But you do promise
Lament can lead into Your Center.

We lay hands on this promise for __________.

You have not promised Eternal life in the body
But you do promise
That sometime all may be re-membered to the Body they left behind.
You have not promised Death without pain
But you do promise
An end to pain.

We lay hands on this promise for __________.

You have not promised Full control of our lives, or our death
But you do promise
That our death need not have ultimate control over us.

We lay hands on this promise for __________.

You have not promised Everything set right before death
But you do promise
Forgiveness to those who seek reconciliation.

We lay hands on this promise for __________.

You have not promised no separation from those we love
But you do promise
That death cannot separate us from God, who creates and holds tender those we love.

We lay hands on this promise for __________.

You have not promised Perfect understanding of the timing and ways of death
But you do promise
To be near as breath as we travel that journey.

We lay hands on this promise for __________.

You have not promised Death without mourning, no darkness of the soul as we pass that way
But you do promise
An unwavering Light to meet us.

We lay hands on this promise for __________.

O God, Center of us all,
Encircle us with your grace as we lift before you our sister/brother .
Grant us your peace which passes all understanding.
Bless us and keep us and make your face to shine upon us
This day and forevermore.

Amen.

- Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Hymns
Jesus, Remember Me
" Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Text: based on Luke 23:42
Copyright (c) 1981 Les Presses de Taizé


Today I Live
" Today I live, but once shall come my death."
Text: Fred Kaan
Text copyright (c) 1975 Hope Publishing Co.


Shepherd Me, O God
" Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life."
Text: based on Psalm 23, Marty Haugen
Text and music copyright (c) 1986 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.


In The Bulb
" In the bulb there is a flower..."
Text and music: Natalie Sleeth
Text and music copyright (c) 1986 Hope Publishing Co.


We Walk By Faith
" We walk by faith, and not by sight..."
Text: Henry Alford
Music copyright (c) 1984 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.


For All The Saints
" For all the saints, who from their labors rest . . . "
Text: William W. How




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