Service of Worship to Celebrate the Life of
Mary L. Martin
March 4, 1929 — March 12, 2015
Prelude by Mariah Berner, Mary’s adopted granddaughter
Words of Greeting
Responsive Call to Worship leader: Gloria Singer
“Sister” adapted from Cris Williamson
Born of the earth, a child of God
Just one among the family
And you can count on me to share the load
And I will always help you
Hold your burdens, and I will be the one
To help ease your pain
Lean on me, I am your sister
Believe on me, I am your friend
God will fold you in her arms like a white winged dove
Shine in your soul. Mary your spirit is flying
Opening Hymn “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” (#478)
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
The Sharing of Some Memories of Mary
Bonnie Perkins, a fellow cancer survivor
Nancy Tubesing, a member of Mary’s support group
Norman Schoonover, Mary’s nephew
Song “Sweet Woman” ~ by Cris Willamson
sung by Beth Bartlett, Barb Hanka, Jodi Anderson, Mary Tennis
Reading of Scripture
Exodus 3:1–5 reader: Peg Mold
Isaiah 43:1–3 reader: Jennie Hilleren
John 14:1–3, 25–27 reader: Gretchen Karstens
Choir Anthem “In This Very Room”
Homily Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Let There Be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me.
Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be!
With God our Creator, family all are we.
Let me walk with my family in perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.
With ev’ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;
To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!
Let There Be Peace on Earth, and let it begin with me!
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Lighting of Candles
Music during Candle Lighting
“Leave a Little Light” ~ by Nancy Reinhold
sung by Patty Beech, Tim Carpenter, Jim Pospisil
“Song of the Soul” ~ by Cris Williamson
Blessing of the Ashes
Song “Lullaby/Ship in the Harbor” ~ by Cris Williamson
Like a ship in the harbor,
like a mother and child,
like a light in the darkness,
I’ll hold you awhile.
We’ll rock on the water,
I’ll cradle you deep,
and hold you while angels
sing you to sleep.
Passing on of Mary’s Hammer to Denise Perry
Closing Song “Some Glad Morning” (#595)