George Herbert Walker Bush: Houston Funeral Order of Service

George Herbert Walker Bush: Houston Funeral Order of Service December 6, 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush

June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018

The Burial of the Dead: Rite One

Organ Prelude Music

Brass Voluntary
America the Beautiful
arr. Jari A Villanueva

Hymn 719
O Beautiful for Spacious Skies (stand)

“This Is My Country”
St. Martin’s Parish Choir
arr. Moses Hogan

Reception of the Body
The Celebrant meets the body at the door of the church and says:
With faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the body of our brother George Herbert Walker Bush for burial. Let us pray
with confidence to God, the Giver of life, that he will raise him to perfection in the company of the saints.

Silence may be kept; after which the Celebrant says:
Deliver your servant, George, O Sovereign Lord Christ, from all evil, and set him free from every bond; that he may rest with all your saints in the eternal habitations; where with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us also pray for all who mourn, that they may cast their care on God, and know the consolation of his love.

Silence may be kept; after which the Celebrant says:
Almighty God, look with pity upon the sorrows of your servants for whom we pray. Remember them, Lord, in mercy; nourish them with patience; comfort them with a sense of your goodness; lift up your countenance upon them; and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Opening Sentences
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord;
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live;
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

I know that my Redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth;
and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God;
whom I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For if we live, we live unto the Lord;
and if we die, we die unto the Lord.
Whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord;
even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.

National Anthem
The Star-Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy spirit.
Celebrant: Let us pray.

The Collect
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant George Herbert Walker Bush, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson
Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-33
Martin Lloyd Bush
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. For the LORD will not cast off for ever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the sons of men.

The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23 (KJV)
Barbara Pierce Bush, Noelle Lucila Bush, Elizabeth Dwen Andrews
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The Honorable James A. Baker, III
61st Secretary of State

The Honorable George Prescott Bush
Commissioner, Texas General Land Office

The Second Lesson
1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13
Nancy Ellis LeBlond Sosa, Georgia Grace Koch

And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have
love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

The Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (stanzas 1-2, stand)

The Holy Gospel
John 11:21-27
The Reverend Martin J. Bastian

Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
People: Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”

The Gospel of the Lord
People: Praise be to thee, O Christ.

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (stanzas 3-4)

The Homily
The Reverend Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

Amazing Grace
Sung by The Oak Ridge Boys

The Apostles’ Creed (stand)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

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

The Lord’s Prayer
Sung by Ms. Reba McEntire
Albert Hay Malotte

The Prayers of the People (stand)
The Reverend Peter G. Cheney and The Reverend Dr. Susannah E. McBay

The People respond to every petition with Amen.

The Deacon or other leader says:
In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Almighty God, who has knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant, we beseech thee, to thy whole Church in paradise and on earth, thy light and thy peace.


Grant that all who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection may die to sin and rise to newness of life, and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass with him to our joyful resurrection.


Grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that thy Holy Spirit may lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days.


Grant to thy faithful people pardon and peace, that we may be cleansed from all our sins and serve thee with a quiet mind.


Grant to all who mourn a sure confidence in thy fatherly care, that, casting all their grief on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love.


Give courage and faith to those who are bereaved, that they may have strength to meet the days ahead in the comfort of a reasonable and holy hope, in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love.


Help us, we pray, in the midst of things we cannot understand, to believe and trust in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting.


Grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of thee, George may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in thy heavenly kingdom.


Grant us, with all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, to have our consummation and bliss in thy eternal and everlasting glory, and, with all thy saints, to receive the crown of life which thou dost promise to all who share in the victory of thy Son Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Battle Hymn of the Republic (sit)
arr. Peter J. Wilhousky
Sung by St. Martin’s Parish Choir

The Commendation (stand)

Celebrant: Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints,
People: where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Thou only art immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and unto earth shall we return. For so thou didst ordain when thou createdst me, saying, “Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” All we go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

People: Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

The Celebrant says:
Into thy hands, O merciful Savior, we commend thy servant George. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee, a sheep of thine own fold, a lamb of thine own flock, a sinner of thine own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of thy mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

The Blessing
The Right Reverend C. Andrew Doyle

The Celebrant may then bless the people, saying:
Unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you. The Lord bless you, and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace, and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
People: Thanks be to God.

Hymn 562
Onward, Christian Soldiers

Organ and Brass Voluntary
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