At a person’s death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn and remembers the brevity of life on earth. At the memorial service we give voice to sorrow, thank God for our loved one, and entrust this companion into the hands of God. Trusting in God’s promise in baptism that we are claimed by Christ forever, we rest in the sure hope of the resurrection.

(P = Pastor, C = Congregation)

Prelude Jane Belau – pianist

One of Phil’s favorites One Pair of Hands (recording)


P: In the name of the Father, the Son (+) and the Holy Spirit. C: AMEN.

P: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy, and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, so that we can comfort others in their sorrows with the consolation we ourselves have received from God. (II Cor. 1:3-4) C: Thanks be to God.

P: Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who by your breath gave us life, we glorify you. C: We glorify you.

P: Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who suffered death for all humanity, who rose from the grave to open the way to eternal life, we praise you. C: We praise you,

P: Holy Spirit, author and giver of life, the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence and everlasting hope, we worship you. C: We worship you.

P: To you, O Blessed Trinity, be glory and honor, forever and ever. All: Amen.

Hymn Beautiful Savior ELW #838

Prayer of the Day

P: O God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our brother Phil. We thank you for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the company of all your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. C: Amen.

Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.

Family Reflections Joshua Jorgensen

Solo Pr. Carl Eric Gentes

Scripture Readings Lamentations 3:22-33 Matthew 11:25-30

Sermon Pr. Charlie Leonard

Hymn Precious Lord, Take my Hand ELW #773

Prayers (each petition ends with: P: Lord in your mercy. C: Hear our prayer.)

The Lord’s Prayer

Words of Commendation

P: Let us commend our loved one to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer. Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Roy Philip Jorgensen. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her/him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. C: Amen.

The Dismissal

P: Let us go forth in peace, C: In the name of Christ. Amen.

Another of Phil’s favorites I Can Only Imagine (recording)

Recessional Music Jane Belau, pianist

Val and her family thank you for all your prayers of support in these difficult weeks. We also thank you for attending this unique drive-by visitation prior to the service today.


Liturgy (with modifications) from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal, Augsburg Fortress, 2006.