Eternal God, you are the hope of all who trust in you, in Christ you weep with those who mourn even as you cry out in triumph over the grave. Continue to comfort us who have lost members of our family, those we love, those we remember, those we miss in our fellowship. Thank you for our times of joy with those who have passed from death to life. You have released them from the power of sin and the grave and raised them from death to life so that they may live eternally with the great crowd of saints who forever sing praise to your holy Name. We look forward with hope to the day we too will be unbound from sin, released from captivity, and raised to new life in Christ when we will be united with those we remember today; through Christ, the resurrection and the life. Amen.