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

A Celebration of the Life of Stan Johann

A Celebration of the Life of Stan Johann

July 25, 1926 -May 22, 2023

Saturday, June 24, 2023, 1:00 pm — Trinity United Methodist Church

GATHERING MUSIC: Favorite Melodies; Pauline Olsen and Donna Grubbs

WELCOME: Rev. Desi Larson

THE CALL TO CELEBRATION

Leader: Friends, we have come here together to give thanks to God for Stan Johann and to celebrate his entry into life eternal.
People: We have come to share in the joy that the memories of Stan 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 Stan.
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!

OPENING PRAYER

HYMN 576: Rise Up, O Men of God, as written (Dedicated to Stan’s support of Promise Keepers)

SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 1:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:1-6, 20-26, 50-57

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Rev. Desi Larson

VISUAL MEMORIES

SHARING

FAMILY REMEMBRANCES

SPECIAL MUSIC: What A Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong

POEM: Read by Mary Johann, Stan’s daughter-in-law, Steve’s wife

In Tune by Florence Steigerwalt

I don’t remember when I first began,
to call you “friend”. One day, I only know,
the vague companionship that I’d seen grow
so imperceptibly, turned gold, and ran
In Tune with all I’d thought, or dared to plan.
Since then, you’ve been to me like music, low,
Yet clear; a fire that throws its warm bright glow
On me on each woman, child, and man,
And common thing that lies within its rays;
You’ve been like wholesome food that stays the cry
Of hungry, groping minds; and like a star-
A self sufficient star-you make me raise
My utmost being to a higher sky,
In Tune, like you, with earth, yet wide, and far.

PRAYER OF COMMENDATION

THE LORD’S PRAYER, UM Hymnal p. 10-11

HYMN 89: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, vs 1, 2, 3

HE BLESSING

Leader: Christ went before us in death, as has our loved one, Stan, showing us the way into eternal life.
People: We give thanks for the good life we have shared with Stan, and rejoice that he fully knows the peace and joy of life eternal.
Leader: God has given, and God has received Stan 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: In The Mood, By Glenn Miller; Pauline Olsen