Category Archives: Remembrance and Hope January 8th

Communion of Saints

Communion of Saints


Courage profound and grace-filled ministries

Used by the saints to weave faith tapestry

And generations still the beauty see

Alleluia, Alleluia


God, bless the saints who show to us Your way

O make us like them for these gifts we pray

Compassion tender birthing brand new day

Alleluia, alleluia


Broken and dying people in the cold

We long to touch them yet have fears untold

Help us bring mercy may we be so bold

Alleluia, alleluia


Community of faith, communion sweet

Diverse our thinking, but in Christ we meet

Bless now these symbols of the grapes and wheat

Alleluia, alleluia


Sung to the tune of “For All the Saints”

© October 4, 1997      Cynthia Langston Kirk


Poem for January 7, 2012 Sunrise Service at TMC Labyrinth

 A year after the shooting spree that killed five beloved people, wounded several more and left us grieving and grasping for hope, the city of Tucson came together on Jan. 7th for times of commemorating, celebrating, and committing to life, health and community.  It began at sunrise at the TMC Labyrinth at Peppi’s House. The mother drum called us together, constantly beating the pulse of life and invitation. Singing bowls sang the dawn of a new day. Rev. Amy Barron-Gafford, TMC Hospice Chaplain, welcomed people bundled in coats and blankets and read the poem (see below) at intervals during the dancing. Men and women dressed in white with sashes of color danced hope, perserverance, beauty, gratitude, joy and the strength of community.  Those who gathered before the sun rose over the Rincons (including Pam Simon, Gabby’s staffer who was shot and her daughter Summer) entered the beat with egg shakers, shaking them to the pulse, double time, triple time or however the spirit led. Three speakers, including Ross Zimmermann (Gabe’s dad) and Ron Barber, one of Gabby’s staff members who was shot last January, gave voice to commemorate, celebrate and commit. Later, Sinde Rubiner, facilitator of the artists, led us in creating a symphony with colorful  boom whackers. Each section of people had a different color, a different rhythm to maintain, reminding us all of the mulititude of gifts we bring to our beloved community and one another.

May we remember that each day is a gift from the Holy One to be shared and treasured, to be lived with passion and purpose.

Embrace Life



As heart speaks to heart

Calling us to live fully

Calling us to the center:

The rich, fertile place   

Of reflection and renewal,

Of being filled with purpose and passion.



Shed the hold of grief, anger, apathy

Pray gratitude each step of the journey

Remembering the ones who alter our souls in beautiful ways.



The fresh breath of hope

Wisdom’s guiding power

Voice and abilities unique to you

And the gift of community.



Renewed energies to heal this hurting world.

Walk, run, share, pray, teach, advocate

Embrace the giving path.


 ©December 5, 2011  Cynthia Langston Kirk

For January 7, 2012 Beyond Event

Epiphany Pray and Call to Worship ~ January 8, 2012


Leader: In the first light of every dawn and the brightest star at night

People: Christ’s hope and joy shine brightly.

Leader: In aha moments of wonder and extravagant gifts offered unconditionally

People: Christ is made manifest to us.

Leader: As we journey long, and deep within, searching for God as God searches for us

People: Christ is revealed to us.

Leader: Let us worship the Bright Morning Star

People: Let us offer the gifts of our lives to Christ Jesus.



God of New Beginnings, open our hearts and minds to receive and give your love this year. Some of us come today with heavy hearts, yet hopeful. We thank you for the passion and lives of service of people who have gone before us.  Walk with us through anger and fear and lead us to places illuminated by your grace and covenant. Help us to become like those who traveled from afar to visit the Christ Child: strong and persistent on the journey, generous beyond measure and wise when threatened by power. In the name of the Prince who is Peace we pray. Amen.

January 3, 2012  Cynthia Langston Kirk

A Service of Prayer, Remembrance and Hope

A Service of Prayer, Remembrance, and Hope

in Response to the Violence on January 8, 2010


*Please stand as you are able

*Words in bold print indicate congregational participation





Leader: We look for light but find darkness, for brightness, but walk in gloom.

People: We grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight.

All: You are the light of the world; be light in our darkness, O Christ.

Leader: If I say, “Let only darkness cover me, and the light about me be night

People: Even the darkness is not dark to you, the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

All: You are the light of the world; be light in our darkness, O Christ.

Leader: Blessed be your name, O God, forever.  You reveal deep and mysterious things and stand with us in times of overwhelming tragedy.

All:  You are the light of the world; be light in our darkness, O Christ. 


Adapted from Canticle of Light and darkness p. 205 UMH which is based on Isaiah, Psalm, Daniel, I John


*HYMN                                             “You Are Mine”                       p. 2218  TFWS         



Holy and Merciful One, remind us “goodness is stronger than evil; love is stronger than hate; light is stronger than darkness; life is stronger than death.”


                                                                                From a prayer by Bishop Desmond Tutu


SCRIPTURE                            Psalm 71: 1-6






Jesus our Friend, you wept at the grave of Lazarus, you know all our sorrows. Behold our tears, and bind up the wounds of our hearts. Bring us closer into communion with you and with one another. In your keeping there is shelter from the storm, and in your mercy there is comfort for the sorrows of life. Receive our grief-stricken hearts. Receive our fear, our outrage, our disbelief. God of us all, we thank you for Christ, Light of the World, who taught us to pray…




SCRIPTURE                       Ezekiel 37: 1-10






Holy One full of mercy and compassion, hear our wordless prayers as the world seems to spin off its orbit and we cannot fully express the pain and concerns within us. And hear us as we pray for others.

 For those whose hearts and lives are shattered

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

For those who wait, hopefully at a bedside

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

For those who give so selflessly of themselves

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

For broken bodies in need of healing

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

For those whose lives have been cut much too short

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

For victims of violence everywhere

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

For those whose hearts are hard and full of hate

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

For all of us as we discern the path of peace and how to live it fully.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.


SCRIPTURE                       John 1: 1-5




            Please write a word or expression of prayer. As the music plays, you will invited to come forward and light a candle and place your prayer on the altar.


*CLOSING HYMN                    “How Firm a Foundation”                P.529     







Prayer of Lament adapted from UM Book of Worship