Memorial Mass for our Beloved “Padre” Mike Tesmacher

Prince of Peace Liturgy

Introduction:  Rev. Virginia Walsh

Lead Celebrant: Rev. Dr. Maura Bernard


David VanderWerf: Kindling the Altar Light

Blessed are you, O God, Creator of the Universe,

All:  At your word energy bursts forth into existence and comes to us as light 

You create day and night; You roll away light before the darkness, 

All: And the darkness before the light; Blessed are you, O God, 

For you bring your light to our world, for you bring on the evening twilight. 


Maura: In the name of Abba God our Creator, and of Jesus our Liberator and the Spirit who is Holy.  

All:  Amen. 

Maura:  The grace of our Savior Jesus Christ and the love of God and the friendship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  

All:  And also with you. 


Maura:  Almighty and ancient God, you are ever present and you are our Light. It is through you and with you that we are many lights within your brilliant creation.  

All:  You call us to be faithful children, warmed by the fire of your Holy Spirit. You call on us to be loving and forgiving as Wisdom sheds light on us with a never-ending flame.  

Bishop Cait Finnegan-Grenier:  We have come together as a community to welcome your Spirit and to praise you for the many and varied gifts your children hold within themselves; gifts that, as within a circle, come back to you and your church.  

All:  You are love, you are light, you are wisdom.  

Cait: This beautiful day, may all be welcome in the name of the Three in One. 

Rev. Laurie Harrington:  Coming together as God’s family, let us confess all that prevents true harmony: the times when we have lost our way, the wounding times when we have caused division, the cold times of our love. So may we find peace with each other, peace with the world, and peace with God. 


All:  O God, we have looked away from you, and looked to ourselves.  We confess all in us that separates us from you, from each other, and from the world.  In faith we turn to you, that we may grow in love, be generous in forgiveness, and welcome the healing and wholeness which you offer. 

Deacon Tom Jordan:  Great Spirit of compassion, you accept and welcome us as we are, with our light and our shadow.  Yet you also call us to fullness of life in You. 


All:  May we know the forgiveness that frees us, the courage that owns our responsibilities, the truth that releases us from ignorance, and the love that heals.  Amen. 

Maura: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. 

All:  Amen. 

Kyrie (Maura)

Lord have mercy.      All: Lord have mercy. 

Christ have mercy.     All:  Christ have mercy.

Lord have mercy.     All:  Lord have mercy. 

Maura:  Glory to God in the highest, 

All:  and peace to God’s people on earth. 

Sovereign God, ruler of all, Abba God, creator, we worship you,

we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.   

Lord Jesus Christ, Abba’s firstborn child,

Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: 

have mercy on us.  

You are seated at the right hand of the Creator:

receive our prayer.   

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God our Abba.   Amen. 

Opening Prayer 

Melissa Bernard:  

Come, God of the poor, 

Come, Light of our hearts, 

Come, Voice of the silence, 

Come, Generous Spirit.


All:  By the glory of your creation around us, By the comfort of your presence within us, by the wind of your Spirit here now in this place, inspire and renew us, that we come joyful to this celebration. 

Ginger: Greek for the Week

Kimmie Tesmacher-Sclafani:  Our first reading is from The Book of Jonah.  

(Jonah 3:1-5,10)

The word of the Most High came a second time to Jonah: “Get up!  Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach to them as I told you to do.”   

Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Most High. 

Nineveh was a city large beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. 

Jonah moved on into the city, making a day’s journey. 

He proclaimed, “Only forty days more, and Nineveh is going to be destroyed!” 

So, the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth, from the greatest to the least. 

God saw their efforts to renounce their evil behavior. 

And God relented by not inflicting on them the disaster that threatened them.

This is God’s holy word.   Thanks be to God. 

David:  Psalm 25

Response:  Teach me your ways, O God.

All:  Teach me your ways, O God.

1. Show me your ways, O God, Most High! 

Teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth and teach me, 

For you are the God of my salvation.

All:  Teach me your ways, O God.


1. Remember your mercies, O God, your love ----

your ancient and unwavering love!

Remember me because of your love,

because of your goodness, O God!

All:  Teach me your ways, O God.

1. How good and upright you are, O God!

You instruct sinners in the path

You guide the humble in what is right

And teach them your way.

All:  Teach me your ways, O God.

Rev. Frank Stubits: Our second reading is from Paul’s first letter to the Christians in Corinth.  (1 Cor. 7:29-31)

I tell you, sisters and brothers, that the time is short. 

From now on, those with spouses should live as if they had none. 

Those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for,

and those who rejoice should live as though they had nothing to laugh about. 

Buyers should conduct themselves as though they owned nothing,

and those who have to deal with the world should live

as if all their dealings meant nothing - for the world as we know it is passing away.

This is God’s holy word.  


All:  Thanks be to God. 

Deacon Sheila McCaleb:   Alleluia!  Alleluia!     

All: Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Deacon Sheila McCaleb:  The reign of God is at hand!  Change your hearts and minds, and believe this Good News!

All:  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Deacon Sheila McCaleb:  The Lord be with you.  And also with you.  The teachings of Jesus Christ as recorded by Mark.  (Mark 1:14-20)

All:  Glory to you, O Lord. 

Deacon Sheila McCaleb:  

After John’s arrest, Jesus appeared in Galilee proclaiming the Good News of God:   “This is the time of fulfillment.  The reign of God is at hand!  Change your hearts and minds, and believe this Good News!”

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw the brothers Simon and Andrew casting their nets into the sea, since they fished by trade.  Jesus said to them, “Follow me; I will make you fishers of humankind.”  They immediately abandoned their nets and followed Jesus.

Proceeding a little further along, Jesus saw the brothers James and John Bar-Zebedee.  They too were in their boat, putting their nets in order.  Immediately Jesus called them, and they left their father Zebedee standing in the boat with the hired help, and went off in the company of Jesus.


This is the Gospel of the Risen Christ! 


All:  Glory and Praise to our Savior Jesus Christ. 


Homily (Maura)


Profession of Faith 

Maura:  When revising our parish liturgy, Michael put much thought and prayer into how to best pray the Creed together.  Our parish “call and response” for the following prayer is Mike’s gift to us. 

And so, let us profess our faith:


All:  We believe and trust: 

Krystn McCaleb: In one God, the Almighty, maker of the earth and the cosmos, 

of all that is visible and invisible, known and unimaginable. 

All:  We believe and trust:  

Anita Brown: That the Lord, Jesus Christ, the firstborn of God, is one in Being with 

Abba, and that through Christ all things were made. 

All:  We believe and trust:  

Pat Jordan: That for the salvation of us all, He came down from heaven and that by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary and became flesh. 

All:  We believe and trust:  

Joseph Harrington: That Jesus was crucified for our sake. That under Pontius Pilate, He suffered, died, and was buried, rising three days later as promised in the Holy Scriptures. 

All:  We believe and trust: 

Krystn McCaleb: That Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at God’s right hand, ready to return in glory.  He will judge the living and the dead, and God’s reign will have no end. 

All:  We believe and trust:  

Anita Brown: In the Holy Spirit, the giver of life and inspiration of the prophets, who comes forth from the Father. With the Father and the Son, She is worshiped and glorified. 

All:  We believe and trust:  


Pat Jordan: In one universal apostolic Church, that one baptism washes away our sins and brings us to new life in Christ. 

All:  We believe and trust:  

Joseph Harrington: In the promised resurrection of the dead and our eternal life in the New Jerusalem.  Amen. 

 Maura:  As we are open to the light of the Spirit, let us go where our hearts call us, that we may offer prayers for blessings needed and give thanks for blessings received. 

We pray: 

 All:  Jesus, hear our prayer. 

 [After the spoken prayers and an opportunity to pray in silence] 

 Maura: We praise and thank you for the abundance of your grace, looking to the gathering together of us all in the fullness of the Love of Christ. 


All: Amen. 


The Kaddish


Rev. TommyLee Whitlock:  Let us now remember our ancestors and those who have gone before us by saying Kaddish, which is not only a prayer for the dead, but a praise of God. 

TommyLee:  Yitgadal v’yitkadash shmay rabah

b’alma divrah chirutay v’yamlich malchutay

b’cha-yay-chon u’vyomaychon uvchayay d’chol bayt yisrael

b’agalah uvizman kariv v’imru


All:  amen

TommyLee:   Y’hay shmay rabah m’vorach l’alam ulalmay almai-ah

TommyLee:   Yitbarach v’yishtabach v’yitpa-ar v’yitromam v’yitnasay

v’yithadar v’yitaleh v’yithalal shmay d’kudisah b’rich hu

l’aylah min kol birchatah v’shiratah tushbechatah venechematah

da-amiran b’almah v’imru

All:  amen

TommyLee:  Y’hay shlamah min s’maiah v’chayim alaynu v’al kol

yisrael v’imru

All:  amen

TommyLee:  Oseh shalom bimromav hu ya-ah-she shalom alaynu v’al kol

yisrael v’al kol yoshvay tayvel v’imru


All:  amen.

TommyLee:  Let God’s name be made great and holy 

in the world that was created as God willed. 

May God complete the holy realm in your own lifetime, 

in your day, and in the days of all the house of Israel, 

quickly and soon.  And we say:  


All:  Amen.


Rev. Laureen Ford-Batsford:  May God’s great name be blessed, 

forever and as long as worlds endure.

May it be blessed, and praised, and glorified, and held in honor, 

viewed with awe, embellished, and revered; 

and may the blessed name of holiness be hailed, 

though it be higher than all the blessings, songs, praises,

and consolations that we utter in this world.  And we say:  


All:  Amen.


Colleen Elizabeth McTigue:  May Heaven grant a universal peace, and life for us, and for all Israel.  And we say:  


All:  Amen.

Colleen:  May the one who creates harmony above, 

make peace for us and for all Israel, and for all who dwell on earth. 

And we say:


All: Amen.


Bishop Reg Richburg:  Jesus told us that before we offer our gifts at the altar, we should make peace with our brothers and sisters.  With Christ as the author of all peace, let us offer a sign of Christ’s peace to each other. 


Liturgy of the Eucharist 

Preparation of the Altar and of the Gifts 

Maura:  By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbly chose to share in our humanity. 


All:  With hearts lifted high, we offer thanks and praise to you, Living God.  In the communion of your love, you come close to us and we come close to you. 


Joseph Harrington:  Baruch atah Adonai elohenu Melech haolam ha-motzi lechem min ha-aretz, boreh pri hagaffen.

Maura:  Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have the harvest of the fields and fruit of the vine to offer, which the earth has given and human hands have made into bread and wine. They will become for us our spiritual food and drink. 

All:  Blessed are we also, as we offer ourselves to you.  You are glorified in us, and your life renews the world. 


Maura: Living God…

All:  Giver of all holiness, source of all love, fountain of all wisdom, You dry our tears, and turn our pain to joy.  

Rev. Thomas Rooney: You enter the empty places of our hearts, and bring your light into our darkness. You take the broken pieces of our lives and restore us to a new creation. You bring order out of chaos saving us by love: the love shown by the cross, the love which is with us now, the love which carries us through death to resurrection.


Jill Fitzgerald Oldfield: With the holy angels of light and with the whole company of heaven, with those who have gone before us and with those who shall come after, with brothers and sisters, east and west, and with our loved ones, separate from us now, who yet in this mystery are close to us, we join in the realization of your unending greatness: 


All:  Holy, Holy, Holy, God of power, God of might.  Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are they who come in the name of the Most High God. Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest! 

Maura:  Abba God, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness.  Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the + body and + blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Before Christ was given up to death, a death He freely accepted, he took bread and gave you thanks. He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:  

"Take this, all of you and eat it: this is my body,

which is broken and now given up for you."

When supper was ended, He took the cup. Again He gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his disciples, and said:

"Take this, all of you and drink from it:  this is the cup of my blood,

the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. 

It is shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven.  

Do this in memory of me."


Maura: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith. 

All:  Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 

Maura: As we celebrate these holy mysteries, may we and all for whom we pray be open to the glory of your presence, the beauty of your song, and the healing power of your love.  For without you we are as nothing, and our lives are empty and dead.  

By the power of this holy sacrament turn us, that we turn to you, revive us, that we live your life on earth, inspire us, that we proclaim your glory in thankfulness and praise now and forever. 

Tess Engelhardt: Abba, remember those who take part in this offering.  Remember

+Joe our late founding bishop, +Cait and +Katherine our bishops, Bishop Reg, and bishops, clergy and those in formation everywhere. Remember our friends and loved ones who have passed through the veil.  In baptism they died with Christ, may they also share in Christ’s resurrection. 


All:  Remember those here present, and all your people, and all who seek you with a sincere heart.  Remember those who have died in the peace of Christ and those whose faith is known to you alone. 

Cait:  Remember Your beloved son, Michael.  We know Mike as Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend, Priest, and Your faithful servant.  We thank You and remember with gratitude Michael, who founded Prince of Peace Parish.

Maura: We have prayed for the gift of yourself, through this bread which we break in your name.  We have prayed for the gift of yourself through this cup which is set before us.   May this sacrament be for us the Bread of Heaven, the Cup of Salvation. 


Maura: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,  

All:  in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty God, for ever and ever.  Amen!


The Lord’s Prayer 

Maura:  When creating our parish liturgy, Michael insisted that we re-examine the familiar words of the “Lord’s Prayer”.  With the support of his bishop, Joe Grenier, Mike introduced a fresh translation of the prayer taught by Jesus.  

Jesus taught us to call God our Abba, our loving parent.  With confidence, let us pray to God, in the way Jesus taught us as recorded by Matthew and Luke:

All:  Our Abba in heaven, holy is your name; may your reign come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us today the bread of tomorrow and forgive us our shortcomings, as we also forgive those who fail us. 

Don’t let us be subjected to the test, and free us from evil. 

Maura:  Free us, O God, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day.  In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

All:  For the reign, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.  Amen. 

Maura:  Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, 

All:        Have mercy on us 

Maura:  Lamb of God 

All:       You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us 

Maura:  Holy God, Lamb of God 

All:      Grant us your peace. 

Maura:  May this mingling of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it. 

All:  Lord Jesus Christ, with faith in your love and mercy we eat your body and drink your blood.  Let it not bring us condemnation, but health in spirit, mind and body. 


Maura: The life of Christ is offered for the life of the world.  Here is Christ coming to us in bread and wine.  This is the gift of God for the people of God! 


All:  Jesus, you make us worthy to welcome and receive you.  You give us the gifts that make us whole. 


 Maura:  The Body of Christ.

 All:  Amen. 

 Maura:  The Blood of Christ.

 All:  Amen 


[After a few minutes of silence and personal prayer:] 

Maura:  Lord may we receive these gifts in purity of heart.   

All:  May they bring us healing and strength now and forever. 

Maura:  In thankfulness, let us offer praise.  

All:  The gifts of the Universe have been given to us, the gift of the Presence of God.  The gifts of life have been given to us, the gift of the love of God. 


Maura:  So may we and all creation give of ourselves, that life may be complete and we may enter the fellowship which is both human and divine, temporal and eternal. 


All:  May we go forward on our journey in the strength of the Spirit.  As we have shared heavenly things, so may we now find heaven in earthly things.  Amen. 



Maura:  Beloved Family, let us ask for God’s blessings. 

Krystn McCaleb: Deep peace of the running wave to you.  Deep peace of the flowing air to you.  Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.  

Pat Jordan: Deep peace of the shining stars to you.  Deep peace of the Prince of Peace to you.

Laurie Harrington: May the strength of God guide us this day. May God’s power preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us.

Joseph Harrington: May the eye of God watch over us, the ear of God hear us, the Word of God give gentleness to our speech. May the hand of God defend us.  

And may we follow the way of God this day and always. 

All:  Amen 

Cait:  And may Abba our Creator, Jesus our Liberator, and the Spirit who is Holy bless you and keep you - now and forever. 

All:  Amen. 


Sheila:  Our celebration has ended:  Let us go in peace to Love and serve God and one another. 

All:  Thanks be to God. 


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