Craig’s Memorial Service

Order of Service

A memorial service to celebrate the life of
The Reverend Craig Chaplin.

St. James United Church
Monday May 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm.

Celebrants / Célébrants:
The Reverend Arlen John Bonnar
The Reverend Dr. Jean Barkley
The Reverend Rosa-Elena Donoso-Cruz

Musicians / Musiciens:
Philip Crozier, Pianist
Denis Brott, Cello

Gathering / Rassemblement


Welcome / Bienvenue


Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend (BWV 709)
Lord Jesus Be With Us Now

J.S. Bach (1685- 1750)

Ringing of the Bells / Le son des cloches

We Are Pilgrims (The Servant Song)

We are pilgrims on a journey, fellow travellers on the road,
we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.

Sister, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

I will hold the Christ-light for you in the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh I’ll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow, till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony,
born of all we’ve know together of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

Richard Gillard, 1977
arr. Betty Pulkingham

Prayer / Prière


Cello – Piano Duet

“The Swan” from The Carnival of the Animals (No. 13)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

The Word / La Parole


For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the sons of men to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man’s mind, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Ringing of the Bells / Le son des cloches

Reading / Lecture

2 Corinthians 4: 5-18

Reflection / Réflection

Grace and Thanksgiving
The Reverend Dr. Jean Barkley


Psalm 91
On Eagle’s Wings

You who dwell in the shelter of our God, who abide in this shadow for life, say to the Lord: “My refuge, my Rock in whom I trust!”

Refrain: “And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of my hand.”

The snare of the fowler will never capture you, and famine will bring you no fear: under God’s wings your refuge, God’s faithfulness your shield. Refrain

You need not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day; though thousands fall about you, near you it shall not come. Refrain

For to God’s angels is given a command to guard you in all of your ways; upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

“And I will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of my hand.”

And hold you, hold you in the palm of my hand.

Michael Joncas 1979

Prayer /Prière
(Lord’s Prayer /Notre Pére)

Ringing of the Bells / Les son des cloches



Go To The World

Go to the world! Go into all the earth.
Go preach the cross where Christ renews life’s worth,
baptising as the sign of our rebirth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Go to the world! Go into every place.
Go live the Word of God’s redeeming grace.
Go seek God’s presence in each time and space.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Go to the world! Go struggle, bless and pray;
the nights of tears give way to joyous day.
As servant Church, you follow Christ’s own way.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Go to the world! Go as the ones I send,
for I am with you ’til the age shall end,
when all the hosts of glory cry “Amen!”
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Sylvia Dunstan, 1985
Ralph V. Williams, 1906

Benediction / Bénédiction


Wirglauben all’an einem Gott (BWV 680)
We Believe In On God

J.S. Bach (1865-1750)

CHAPLIN, Rev. A. Craig B.A., M.Div.

Peacefully in hospital on Wednesday May 9,2007 at the
age of 51. Former Minister of Sutton United Church and
of Union United in Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, a graduate
of Queen`s University and McGill`s United Theological

He is survived by his loving partner of sixteen years
Claude Lamontagne and their extended families, Craig`s
mother, Madeline Chaplin, of Perth, Ontario (predeceased
by father Arnold Chaplin 2002). Craig was the beloved
brother of Kenn, Lynn (Joslyn and Allyson Howatt),
Janice (Randy Shiga), and the proud uncle of Kailey
and Brennan.

Interment will be held in Perth, Ontario on Tuesday, May 14 at 6pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Craig Chaplin
Memorial Fund at the United Theological College, 3521
University Ave, Montreal H3A 2A9 or on line at are requested.

Donations to the Craig Chaplin Memorial Fund

The Rev. Craig Chaplin, friend, pastor, teacher and graduate of the United Theological College died on Wednesday May 9th 2007.

Over a decade ago Craig made the decision to make a bequest to the United Theological College that would support an award recognizing the remarkable contributions of ministry offered by gay and lesbian people. In initiating this fund Craig envisioned an award that would be given regularly, and publicly, to a gay or lesbian person, ministering within the formal, organized structures of the Christian Church or in other faith traditions. This award is intended to be not only a symbol of affirmation, but also a means of fostering and encouraging positive role models within the GBLT community.

It was Craig who proposed that this award be announced at the time of his death and that others be encouraged to be Craig’s partners in contributing to it and the vision it promotes.

We are honoured that Rev. Chaplin has entrusted the United Theological College with the disbursement of this memorial fund. His affirming vision of the ministry of gay and lesbian people within and beyond the life of the Church is one we seek to affirm in tangible ways through our ministry of theological education. This Memorial fund allows us to live more fully into this vision and mission.



2 thoughts on “Craig’s Memorial Service

  1. Julius Powell

    I have been searching for the lyrics of the hymn ‘Go to the World’ for nearly three years. It truly was a joy and blessing to have found it on this website.

  2. Itohan Osadiaye

    I have searched just about everywhere for the lyrics to “The Servant Song”, and was just about to give up, until the Lord directed me to this site. God bless you as you have blessed me with the lyrics 🙂

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