A lighting of a Candle Service for James Davidse
My great friend James died recently but because of the corona virus many of us cannot attend the cremation service. I have written this candle-lighting ceremony for those who will want to remember from a distance. It can of course be adapted to suite many who cannot be present at a friend or family funeral or remembrance service, and who would want to gather at the same time wherever they may be in the world.
In solidarity with his family who are attending his cremation
On Tuesday 24 March at 11.00 am at the Methodist Church in Pinelands, Cape Town.
I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. St John 11:25-26
For now we see in a mirror, dimly but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known I Cor. 13:12
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him
I placed one foot on the wide plain
of death, and some grand
immensity sounded on the emptiness.
I have felt nothing ever
like the wild wonder of that moment. Rumi
Loving God, you alone are the source of life
May your life-giving Spirit flow through us,
And fill us with compassion, one for another.
In our sorrow give us the calm of your peace.
Kindle our hope, and let our grief give way to joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Light a candle
Prayers of Remembrance (these prayers are to help you reflect and to bring your own thoughts and prayers)
God is love: perfect Love casts out fear. We give thanks to God for all that he has done for the world through Jesus Christ, and especially that for so many people the bitterness and fear of death have been taken away by their faith in him.
In the presence of God’s love
we remember James
We thank God for James’ life, each of us recalling what he has meant to us as Brother, Colleague, Sportsman, Friend and Companion
We think of his good qualities, the things about him which we liked so much;
His gentleness and warm humanity, his ability to listen and draw alongside students and strangers; his laughter and wonderful sense of humour; his dedication and readiness to engage the challenges of teaching and education; his love of golf, football and cricket.
His contribution to the wide world of work as an Educator of young people and his commitment to the whole community of St Georges, all staff, students and parents.
As we hold him before God we are conscious of the many stories woven around him; points at which we meet him; conscious too of the many people he knew and influenced and inspired on their journey. Stories around family, friends, (here and abroad) golf, badminton in England, growing up in Woodstock
His faithfulness in friendships and consideration for others;
We remember his concerns, his interests, his sense of humour, his love, and the special moments shared with us –(spend some moments remembering).
We remember him in all his humanity; strengths and weakness, highs and lows, his failures and achievements.
Let our forgiveness flow out to him for any wrongs he may have caused us in life.
We thank God that our life was linked with his and we commend him to God’s sure keeping.
We pray for his family that God may give them strength and courage to meet the days ahead
We commend our brother James to the mercy of God our maker and our Redeemer
Heavenly Father, by your mighty power you gave us life, and in your love you have given us new life in Christ Jesus. We entrust James to your merciful keeping: in the faith of Jesus Christ our Lord, who died and rose again to save us, and is now alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in glory forever.
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the mountain air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
In earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive our trespasses
As we forgive those that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom,
The power and the glory
For ever and ever
O God who brought us to birth
And in whose arms we die:
In our grief and shock
Embrace us with your love,
Give us hope in our confusion,
And grace to let go into new life,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We praise and thank you, God of the journey,
For our friend James whom we have released to you.
We entrust him into your loving care,
Knowing that you are always the faithful traveller
And companion on the Way.
We leave him now,
Be the guiding light on our Journey,
The fire of hope that never dies away
Shelter and protect Maureen, Chris and Hughie and their families from harm and anxiety
Grant us all the courage and quietness to meet the future
And grace to enter with confidence into life
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.