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From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
Over these past couple months, we have seen an increase in the number of parishioners in hospice care and funerals. I know that many of you have lost a friend or loved one during this time. I also know you join me in keeping all the departed, along with the bereaved, in your prayers.
As I have worked with families in planning out funeral liturgies, I have been reminded of the great gift it is to plan your funeral out in advance. I have a file of around a dozen pre-planned funerals for various parishioners of St. John's. They are of varying states of age and I'm beginning to contact those who have plans on file so that they may review and update them, as needed.
I would encourage you, as we all continue to pray for those who have died and those who are grieving, to take some time in the next few weeks and consider filling out your own funeral form in advance. Our funeral packet is very fulsome with guidelines, suggestions, and helpful information so that you may fully convey your own desires. You can download it online here. The funeral form itself is an editable pdf, so you can type directly into it.
One of the great gifts of the Anglican tradition of liturgy is that our funerals are magnificent and yet restrained. They hold the balance of bringing the richness of the church's liturgy to bear on a moment of grief while also not being ostentatious or saccharine. Whether a funeral is of a beloved long-time parishioner or of someone who was only ever tangentially related to our community, we bring the same liturgy, the same intentionality, and the same devotion to our prayers for their passage into the arms of God.
Thank you to all of those who have been present during this time in the life of our congregation. Our pastoral caregivers, particularly our Stephen Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors, along with the added pastoral support of priest associates Fr. Kenneth Michnay and Fr. John Hills, have all been a rich resource. And so many of our worship ministers have gone above and beyond in being willing to serve in these liturgies.
With some still on hospice, there will be more funerals to come in the next months. I trust you will pray with me that God will continue to hold the dying in in love—and that we will continue to commend them to God with the best our community has to honor.
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