A PRAYER AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR CHARLES PERRY
At King’s Chapel, Boston, on November 25, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Carl Scovel, Minister Emeritus
Here we are, Lord, your gathered people,
We before you
And you among us,
As we learn once again
There is no love here on earth without loss.
And since we cannot live without love
Teach us, we pray, how to live with loss –
Grieving but with gratitude,
Bereft but not alone,
Uncertain but still hopeful.
But, Dear Lord, how hard a lesson is this loss,
To lose so dear, so wise, so loving
A father, husband, friend, colleague and fellow Christian
As our dear Charles.
Why so good a man must die so soon
We do not understand,
Though any time would be too soon.
Lord, you have taught us that those who mourn will be blessed.
Teach us then how to mourn
That our sadness may be tempered with thanksgiving,
Our apprehensions tempered with trust,
Our agnosticism tempered with wisdom.
Help us to know that Charles is both with you
in ways we cannot know,
And with us in ways which we will know -
If only because he loved us,
And we do know that love can never die.
And so, Lord, bless our mourning and our memories,
And give us grace to trust your promise
As we say the prayer which Charles said
every morning, every evening every day,
The prayer which sustained him,
The prayer which Jesus taught us saying …
And here the congregation said the Lord’s Prayer.