Richard Earl Smith Eucharist of Resurrection July 29, 2017

Richard Earl Smith Eucharist of Resurrection July 29, 2017                     

Isaiah 4: 4-14

 Psalm 21

First Corinthians 13:3-13

John 14:1-6

Family and friends of Richard Smith.

The Parish Family of Saint Patrick’s Parish would like to extend our sympathy to you at the this time of loss.

Our prayers and concern for you are not just for today or for a few weeks.

On the main altar, here in the Church,  we keep a “Book of  Life”.  We believe that physical death, for a Christian, is not the end of life but the beginning of a new life in Christ.

Richard’s name will be written in that Book of Life. When we gather here for prayer we will remember Richard and all of the others who have entered that special life in Christ.  Many of us hope we will share that special life with the risen Christ.

Richard lived a good and long life.

Richard was a proud graduate of OSU. Richard studied Electrical Engineering.  Richard also worked in the recording studio while he was at OSU.

Richard’s education served him and his country well when he joined the Navy and was an Electronics Technician on the USS Spinax, a submarine.

Richard worked as an Electrical Engineer for his entire working career.  

Richard loved the water. He built a ship in a bottle and never tired of fishing, talking about fishing and sharing jokes about fish, fishing and people who fished.

Richard enjoyed kidding his father in law about casting his line into tree branches instead of the water. Richard also enjoyed hunting and attending OSU sporting events.  His love of OSU sports he passed on to his son Dick.

Richard enjoyed a plaque about fishing that says:

“I ask a simple question,

The truth I only wish,

Are all fishermen liars?

Or only do liars fish?”

 

Richard had strong opinions about food.

He believed steak and potatoes were excellent.

Fruit and vegetables he left for others to enjoy.

We remember today those very positive and enjoyable aspects of Richard’s life and personality.

Richard’s love of Marilyn, the love of his life, and his family was very obvious to all who knew him.

Richard exemplified in an understated way the qualities of love that Paul speaks about in the Second Reading today.

“Love is patient, kind, not jealous or pompous or inflated.

Love is not rude, not self seeking, does not brood over injury.

Love rejoices in the truth, bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

The last several months of Richard’s life, Richard and his family have had their enduring faith, hope and love tested.  

But Richard and his family believe, as Paul concludes today in the Second Reading:

“So faith, hope and love remain;

            but the greatest of these is love.”


Today in the Gospel Jesús seeks to reassure his disciples, his friends and all who suffer loss.

Jesús knows that our “hearts are troubled” today as we let go of our husband, father, brother, friend Richard.  

Jesús offers a hopeful promise assuring us today. Jesús. goes to prepare a place for Richard and us.

Thomas finds this promise  hard to believe and asks,

“Master we do not know where you are going;

          how can we know the way?”

Jesús answers:

 “I am the way, the truth and the life.

           No one comes to the Father except through me.”

So today my sisters and brothers we let go of Richard as we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, and know the Lord only partially.

We let go of Richard so Richard can know fully the Lord who welcomes Richard into his strong, warm and eternal embrace.


 

                 

 

     

 

                    

 

         

 

                   

 

                 

 

                            Isaiah 4: 4-10

 

                                  Psalm 21

 

                           First Corinthians 13:3-13

 

                                    John 14:1-6

 

                    

 

Marilyn, Stephen, Scott and Dick.

Family and friends of Richard Smith.

 

The Parish Family of Saint Patrick’s Parish would like to extend our sympathy to you at the this time of loss.

 

Our prayers and concern for you are not just for today or for a few weeks.

 

On the main altar, here in the Church,  we keep a “Book of  Life”.  We believe that physical death, for a Christian, is not the end of life but the beginning of a new life in Christ.

 

Richard’s name will be written in that Book of Life. When we gather here for prayer we will remember Richard and all of the others who have entered that special life in Christ.  Many of us hope we will share that special life with the risen Christ.

 

Richard lived a good and long life.

 

Richard was a proud graduate of OSU. Richard studied Electrical Engineering.  Richard also worked in the recording studio while he was at OSU.

Richard’s education served him and his country well when he joined the Navy and was an Electronics Technician on the USS Spinax, a submarine.

Richard worked as an Electrical Engineer for his entire working career.  

 

Richard loved the water. He built a ship in a bottle and never tired of fishing, talking about fishing and sharing jokes about fish, fishing and people who fished.

 

Richard enjoyed kidding his father in law about casting his line into tree branches instead of the water. Richard also enjoyed hunting and attending OSU sporting events.  His love of OSU sports he passed on to his son Dick.

 

Richard enjoyed a plaque about fishing that says:

 

I ask a simple question,

The truth I only wish,

Are all fishermen liars?

Or only do liars fish?

 

Richard had strong opinions about food.

He believed steak and potatoes were excellent.

Fruit and vegetables he left for others to enjoy.

 

We remember today those very positive and enjoyable aspects of Richard’s life and personality.

 

Richard’s love of Marilyn, the love of his life, and his family was very obvious to all who knew him.

 

Richard exemplified in an understated way the qualities of love that Paul speaks about in the Second Reading today.

 

Love is patient, kind, not jealous or pompous or inflated.

Love is not rude, not self seeking, does not brood over injury.

Love rejoices in the truth, bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

The last several months of Richard’s life, Richard and his family have had their enduring faith, hope and love tested.  

 

But Richard and his family believe, as Paul concludes today in the Second Reading:

 

“So faith, hope and love remain;

            but the greatest of these is love.”

 

Today in the Gospel Jesús seeks to reassure his disciples, his friends and all who suffer loss.

 

Jesús knows that our “hearts are troubled” today as we let go of our husband, father, brother, friend Richard.  

 

Jesús offers a hopeful promise assuring us today. Jesús. goes to prepare a place for Richard and us.

 

Thomas finds this promise  hard to believe and asks,

 

“Master we do not know where you are going;

          how can we know the way?”

 

Jesús answers:

 “I am the way, the truth and the life.

           No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

So today my sisters and brothers we let go of Richard as we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, and know the Lord only partially.

 

We let go of Richard so Richard can know fully the Lord who welcomes Richard into his strong, warm and eternal embrace.

 

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