For those who are not able to physically attend a Memorial Services with a local congregation, you can have your own Memorial Service at home. Attached below is a recording from a Memorial Service given to the Chicago Bible Students in April of 2004. If you plan to partake, have jewish matzo bread (or substitute with crackers or bread) available and grape juice. The Bible Students hope this day of commemoration of our Lord’s Memorial is a special blessing to you.
A MEMORIAL PRAYER
Heavenly Father, on this sacred occasion in commemoration of our Lord’s Memorial, we humbly and respectfully bow before you in solemn worship, in remembrance of Lord’s life and sacrifice.
We pray together for your divine blessing upon this assembly, and especially upon those who shall participate, remembering also fellow-members of the same body, known to us and unknown, in the entire world, and especially such as are celebrating this Memorial on its anniversary.
We pray that your Holy Spirit be upon brother who directs our thoughts and meditation tonight.
We thank you dear father for the justification to life that we have received from Jesus’ Ransom sacrifice and also for the opportunity to follow our Masters example, by sharing with him as his body members, in presenting our bodies a living and holy sacrifice. (Rm 12:1)
Help us dear Father to more deeply appreciate Jesus, his life, his work, his love, his suffering and his death. Help us to see in these experiences, not only the pain Jesus endured, but also the outcome, in the opportunity for us to be joint members of his body and in your great plan of salvation to rescue mankind from sin and death.
Father, help us to be faithful in our consecration, especially in our most difficult trials and experiences, keeping in perspective that our “momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” 2 Cor 4:17
Dear Father, remove from our hearts any leaven of bitterness, jealousy, anger or resentment. Replace it with the spirit of love, encouragement, kindness and meekness, remembering to forgive others, especially our brethren, just as you have forgiven us our weaknesses and trespasses.
Help us Father to fulfill our vows of consecration, to be faithful unto death. We cannot do this without you. We need your help to be faithful, so that we can have the future opportunity to participate with Jesus, our Master, in blessing all the families of the earth in your earthly kingdom.
In Jesus name we pray, Amen.