• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Funeral Program for Helen Scroggins


Burial Office & Holy Eucharist for

Helen Scroggins (1948-2022)

Wednesday, April 29, 2022, at 10:00 AM


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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

The people's responses are written in black italics.



The Burial of the Dead



Prelude



Welcome from the Rector



The Opening Anthem

[BCP, p. 491 / Hymn S-381]


I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord. Whoever has faith in me shall have life, even though he die. And everyone who has life, and has committed himself to me in faith, shall not die for ever.


As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives and that at the last he will stand upon the earth. After my awaking, he will raise me up; and in my body I shall see God. I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him who is my friend and not a stranger.


For none of us has life in himself, and none becomes his own master when he dies. For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord, and if we die, we die in the Lord. So, then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's possession.


Happy from now on are those who die in the Lord! So it is, says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Mode 8 antiphon melody; adapt. Bruce E. Ford © 1985 Bruce E. Ford, Church Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.]



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 493]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant Helen Zenobia Fletcher Scroggins, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


A Reading from the Book of Wisdom (3:1-5, 9)

[Read by Dr. Yvette Harris]


But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster and their going from us to be their destruction, but they are at peace. For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; ... Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and he watches over his elect.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 46

[BCP, p. 649; Read by the Rev. Matthew Southhall Brown, Jr.]

1 God is our refuge and strength, *

a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *

and though the mountains be toppled into the

depths of the sea;

3 Though its waters rage and foam, *

and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.

4 The LORD of hosts is with us; *

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

5 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, *

the holy habitation of the Most High.

6 God is in the midst of her;

she shall not be overthrown; *

God shall help her at the break of day.

7 The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; *

God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.

8 The LORD of hosts is with us; *

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

9 Come now and look upon the works of the LORD, *

what awesome things he has done on earth.

10 It is he who makes war to cease in all the world; *

he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,

and burns the shields with fire.

11 "Be still, then, and know that I am God; *

I will be exalted among the nations;

I will be exalted in the earth."

12 The LORD of hosts is with us; *

the God of Jacob is our stronghold.



A Reading from the Revelation to John (7:9-17)

[Read by Pastor Gregory L. Pollard]


After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb!”


And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.


For this reason they are before the throne of God and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat, for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.



LEV #120: Sweet, Sweet Spirit


1 There's a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place, And I know that it's the Spirit of the Lord; There are sweet expressions on each face, And I know they feel the presence of the Lord.


REFRAIN: Sweet Holy Spirit, Sweet heavenly Dove, Stay right here with us, filling us with Your love. And for these blessings we lift our hearts in praise; Without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived, When we shall leave this place.


2 There are blessings you cannot receive Till you know Him in His fullness and believe; You're the one to profit when you say, "I am going to walk with Jesus all the way." [REFRAIN]


3 If you say He saved you from your sin, Now you're weak, you're bound and cannot enter in, You can make it right if you will yield, You'll enjoy the Holy Spirit that we feel. [REFRAIN]

Words and Music: Doris Akers © 1962, 1990 Manna Music, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #21305. All rights reserved.



The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John (14:1-6)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon

[By the Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda]



The Apostles’ Creed

[BCP, p. 496]


In the assurance of eternal life given at Baptism, let us proclaim our faith and say,


I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Prayers of the People

[BCP, p. 497]


For our sister Helen, let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ who said, "I am Resurrection and I am Life."


Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us who mourn for Helen, and dry the tears of those who weep. Hear us, Lord.


You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow. Hear us, Lord.


You raised the dead to life; give to our sister eternal life. Hear us, Lord.


You promised paradise to the thief who repented; bring our sister to the joys of heaven. Hear us, Lord.


Our sister was washed in Baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit; give her fellowship with all your saints. Hear us, Lord.


She was nourished with your Body and Blood; grant her a place at the table in your heavenly kingdom. Hear us, Lord.


Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our sister; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope.


The Celebrant concludes with the following prayer:


Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our sister Helen, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Grant that her death may recall to us your victory over death, and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Father's love. Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to the ages of ages. Amen.



The Peace

[BCP, p. 360]


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.



Holy Communion




The Offertory

[BCP, p. 377]


Notes About Holy Communion:

  • All baptized Christians, from any church or denomination and of any age, are welcome to receive Communion in this church.

  • Please remain in your pews during the distribution of Communion; the minister(s) will come to serve you where you are.

  • As the minister approaches you with the bread (Body of Christ), extend your hands with palms open and facing up. The customary response to the minister's words is "Amen." Consume the bread after the priest places it in your hand.

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not serving the consecrated wine (Blood of Christ) to the people.

  • If you or someone in your care is unbaptized or would prefer not to receive Communion for any reason, they should cross their arms over their chest. This signifies to the minister that they wish to receive a blessing instead.


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Musical Selection by Maxine Brown Jones and Leonard Brown, Cousins



Musical Selection by Officer Meisha Moore, City of South Fulton Police Department, Family Friend



AAHH #651: Doxology

[See also Hymn # 380, v. 3]


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.

Words: Thomas Ken, Public Domain. Music: Old 100th, attributed to Louis Bourgeois, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84260. All rights reserved.



Eucharistic Prayer B

[BCP, p. 367]


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the dead, and comforts us with the blessed hope of everlasting life. For to your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.


Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


Hymn S-130:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


[Word: Public Domain. Music: From Deutsche Messe, Franz Peter Schubert, Public Domain; arr. Richard Proulx © 1985 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #93653. All rights reserved.]


The people stand or kneel.


We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.


On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."


Therefore, according to his command, O Father,


LEV #260:

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory!

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory!


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Hezekiah Brinson © 1990 Hezekiah Brinson, Jr. All rights reserved.]


And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with Blessed Matthew, Blessed Stephen, Blessed Augustine, and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.



The Lord’s Prayer

[BCP, p. 364]


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.



The Fraction Anthems

[BCP, p. 364, 407]


Hymn S-152:

Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Ambrosian chant; adapt. Mason Martens © 1971 Mason Martens.]


LEV #269:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world:

grant us peace.


[Words: Public Domain. Music: Lena McLin, Eucharist of the Soul © 1972 General Words and Music Co. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #57436. All rights reserved.]


Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

The Gifts of God for the people of God.



AAHH #686 / LEV #152: Let Us Break Bread Together

[Verses 1-3]


1 Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees,)

Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees,)


REFRAIN:

When I fall on my knees,

with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord have mercy on me, on me.


2 Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees,)

Let us drink wine together on our knees (on our knees,) [REFRAIN]


3 Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees,)

Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees,) [REFRAIN]

Words: Traditional, Public Domain. Music: Negro Spiritual, Public Domain; arr. Jimmie Abbington © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #95817. All rights reserved.



The Post-Communion Prayer

[BCP, p. 498]


Let us pray.


Almighty God, we thank you that in your great love you have fed us with the spiritual food and drink of the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ, and have given us a foretaste of your heavenly banquet. Grant that this Sacrament may be to us a comfort in affliction, and a pledge of our inheritance in that kingdom where there is no death, neither sorrow nor crying, but the fullness of joy with all your saints; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.



Proclamations from the City of Savannah, the City of South Fulton, and the City of Atlanta



Remarks from Family & Friends


  • First Lady Mrs. Wanda Tillman

  • Mrs. Beatrice Campbell

  • Mr. Albert Cameron, Jr.

  • Mr. Charles O’Berry

  • LTC Vincent Willis, Sr.



The Commendation

[BCP, p. 499]

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Helen. 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 into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.



The Blessing of the People

[Adapted from Enriching Our Worship 1, p. 71]


Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.



The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]


Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

Thanks be to God!



LEV #188: It Is Well

[Verses 1-4]


1 When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like seabillows roll;

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.


Refrain:

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.


2 Though satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And has shed His own blood for my soul. [Refrain]


3 My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought

My sin not in part, but the whole

Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! [Refrain]


4 And, Lord, hast the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,

The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,

“Even so” it is well with my soul. [Refrain]

Words: Horatio Spafford, Public Domain. Music: Philip P. Bliss, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #95056. All rights reserved.




Today's Ministers:

Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Organist & Choirmaster: Ms. Beryl C. Dandy



Note: This service is reproduced from The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), African American Heritage Hymnal (AAHH) and other sources cited. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

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