A Celebration of the Life of Gary Nichols

December 11, 1944 – August 5, 2023


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  • Gathering Music: Sacred Favorites; Pauline Olse, organ, and Donna Grubbs, piano
  • Welcome/Words of Grace: Reverend Dr. Desi Larson
  • The Call to Celebration
  • Leader: Friends, we have come here together to give thanks to God for Gary Nichols, and to celebrate his entry into life eternal.
    People: We have come to share in the joy that the memories of Gary revive in our hearts, making him real within us.
    Leader: We have also come to share our loneliness and sorrow because we love and miss Gary.
    People: We have come to affirm our faith, to proclaim that life is more powerful than death, and that faith overcomes all fear.
    Leader: And so we rejoice and give thanks.
    People: For we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Leader: In the light of resurrection, let us worship God, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of our lives.
    People: Blessed be the Lord our God, forever!
  • Hymn 378: Amazing Grace
  • Prayer for Illumination
  • Scripture Lessons: John 14:1-4, 18-20, 25-27; Romans 8:26-28
  • Celebration of Life : Reverend Desi Larson
  • Eulogy, Sharing: Cheryl Nichols, daughter; David Pillatos, son; Alecia Pillatos, granddaughter
  • Psalm 23
  • Prayer of Commendation
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Hymn 2158: Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  • The Blessing
  • Leader: Christ went before us in death, as has our loved one, Gary, showing us the way into eternal life.
    People: We give thanks for the good life we have shared with Gary, and rejoice that he fully knows the peace and joy of life eternal.
    Leader: God has given, and God has received Gary whom God has loved.
    People: We are thankful for all the good days that we shared.
    Leader: May God our Creator, Jesus our Companion and Lord, and the Holy Spirit our Sustainer fortify in us every good deed and word.
    People: May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us now and always. Amen.
  • Postlude: Peace Like a River; Pauline Olsen, organ, and Donna Grubbs, piano