Video Created by
the Board of Cooperative Ministries;
Moravian Church, Southern Province
We hope this simple tribute provides comfort and peace in the midst of all of this suffering and sorrow.
“O God of grace and mercy, our souls sing hallelujah, praise, and thanksgiving for your greatness. Your grace continually abounds even in the midst of our darkest moments. Thank you for your prevailing spirit indwelling and comforting us. In the name of our lamb who has conquered. Amen.” (Prayer from the Moravian Daily Texts, June 9, 2020)
Moravian funeral chorales offered by brass bands of believers during memorial services can be heard in the background of the memorial video. The first one is Sleep Thy Last Sleep, normally played at the graveside of Moravian ministers and musicians. The words are powerful:
Sleep thy last sleep, free from care and sorrow;602A, Requiem
rest, where none weep, till the eternal morrow;
though dark waves roll o’er the silent river,
thy fainting soul Jesus can deliver.
Especially in these days, being “free from care and sorrow” and “rest[ing] where none weep” comfort us, but also challenge us as followers of Christ to work for a world free from care and sorrow, a world where people can rest and not weep.
So, God is with us.
We have each other.
Together, with God, we strive for a better world.