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Swissair Memorial Service--Program

NOTE: The following is the text of the program for this evening's memorial service for those who died on Swissair Flight 111.


Memorial Service Swissair Flight 111

East St. Margarets Elementary School Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia Wednesday, September 9, 1998

Opening Remarks Reverend Richard Walsh

Children's Choir "Lean on Me" Presentation of Children's Wreath

Blessing and Prayer Reverend Carolyn Nicholson

Hymn "Abide with Me"

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide! When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me!

I need Thy presence every passing hour; What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power? Who like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me!

In Remembrance of Swissair Flight 111 Chaplain Sally Budge Captain Liz Church

Moment of Silence

Laying of Wreath Reverend Bob Knight Mr. Darryl Gates

Prayers for the Victims' Families and Friends Reverend Mark Marshall

Prayers for the Rescue Workers Father Lloyd O'Neill Reverend Peter Metcalf

Local Choir "Stay with Us Through the Night"

Stay with us through the night. Stay with us through the pain. Stay with us, Blessed Stranger till the morning breaks again.

Stay with us through the night. Stay with us through the grief. Stay with us, Blessed Stranger till the morning brings relief.

Stay with us through the night. Stay with us through the dread. Stay with us, Blessed Stranger till the morning breaks new bread.

(With permission. Walter Farquharson, Ron Klusmeier)

Reading Dr. Jamal Badawi

Reading Rabbi David Ellis

Psalm 46 Father Theodore Efthimiadis

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. Though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, Kingdoms fall; He lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us; The God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, He burns the shields with fire.

<p>"Be still and know that I am God; <span class="line">I will be exalted among the nations.</span> <span class="line">I will be exalted in the earth;"</span> <span class="line">The Lord Almighty is with us;</span> <span class="line">The God of Jacob is our fortress.</p></span>

Homily Father Duncan MacMaster

Hymn "The Day Thou Gavest"

The day thou gavest Lord is ended; The darkness falls at Thy behest. To Thee our morning hymns ascended; Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

As o'er each continent and island; The dawn leads on another day. The voice of prayer is never silent; Nor dies the strain of praise away.

So be it Lord, Thy throne shall never Like earth's proud empires pass away. Thy kingdom stands and grows forever; Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

Benediction Reverend Leonard Fischer

A Search and Rescue helicopter will drop a wreath, from the People of Canada, in the waters of St. Margarets Bay in memory of the victims of Swissair Flight 111.

Gun Salute

Lone Piper Lament

Tribute to Victims' Families and Friends

I know that my words won't explain that I will never understand, but I try. And I don't know you -- don't know the things to say to comfort you to let you know I think of you I am helpless. The only hope for me is to let you know I care.

Rachelle Freake Grade 9 Tantallon Junior High School


ngr                    Sept. 9, 1998               10:30 a.m.