God our Creator,
Your love and power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by your wisdom we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in your presence.
Their lives change but do not end.
We pray in hope for Oscar Villadolid,
husband, father, grandfather,
journalist, corporate executive, and diplomat,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In the Spirit of Christ,
who died and now lives,
may those who have left this world
rejoice in their home with You,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
in the new heaven and the new earth
to live in holiness, peace, and joy
forever and ever. Amen.