Interfaith Friends of Potter's Field
Memorial Service on Hart Island
September 30, 2005 for
Picture The Homeless

Christ Jesus . . . humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him . . .
Excerpt from Phillippians 2:5-11.

Opening Words:
The Rev. Karen H. Senecal, Judson Memorial Church


Scripture Readings:
Philippians 2: 5-11
Psalm 23 (read in unison)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside still waters;
He restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
For you are with me;
Your rod and your staff-
They comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
In the presence of my enemies;
You anoint me head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy
Shall follow me
All the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
My whole life long.


Brock Haggins -- Charles Heck -- Anthony Williams


Amazing Grace
Words: John Newton, 1779 ---- Music: 19th Century USA melody.


Closing Words:
The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, Church of the Holy Apostles.

The Reverends Elizabeth Maxwell and Karen Senecal, listed in the memorial service printed program (text above), are members of Interfaith Friends of Potter's Field (IFPF). Other IFPF members, the Rev. Amy Gopp of the Disciples of Christ and the Rev. Paul Chapman of the American Baptist Churches, also were among those participating in the service.

Sharing Reflections were Lewis Haggins' brother, Brock Haggins; Anthony Williams, who with Lewis Haggins co-founded Picture The Homeless (PTH), and Charles Heck, a member of the PTH Potter's Field Campaign group headed by William Burnett (who did the Scripture Reading Phillipians 2:5-11). Lewis Haggins' mother, Mrs. Geraldine Haggins, also participated in the service.

The graphic pen sketch of the memorial service has been added here by the webmaster as has its caption, an excerpt from the Scripture Reading Phillipians 2:5-11.

The words and musicial score of the hymn "Amazing Grace" were on the reverse side of the memorial service printed program and have been replicated as this web page's image background. It was sung by participants, without accompaniment, near the end of the memorial service.

Amazing Grace, played on bagpipes, has become a standard at correction, police and fire department funerals. For a hauntingly beautiful rendition by the Pipe and Concert Bands of the US Air Force Reserve Band (3:46 minutes, 3.5 Mbs), click the following underlined title of the hymn: Amazing Grace.

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