March 27, 2006
Members of Arusha Community Church join with
Dennis and with Meredith's family in the States grieving her loss
but celebrating her life and the hope and promise of the Resurrection.
The service below was held at Arusha Community Church in Tanzania
a few hours before the funeral service at Zion Lutheran in Buffalo,
The hymns and scriptures follow those chosen
for the service at Buffalo.
Prayer: Mark Jacobson
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of
all mercy and the god of all consolation. He comforts us in all
our sorrows so that we can comfort others in their sorrows with
the consolation we ourselves have received from God.
C: Thanks be to God
L: When we
were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death.
We were buried therefore with him by Baptism into death, so that
as Christ was raised ftom the dead by the glory of the Father,
we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with
him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him
in a resurtection like his.
Thine be the Glory
Meredith Olson Murnyak: Passion for Christ, Passion for Life
Church Choir: This Joyful Eastertide
of Life: Readers: Erwin Kinsey and John Kraft
John 11 :25-26a
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
We Gather at the River
gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod, With
its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God? Reftain
Yes, we'l1 gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful
river, Gather with the saints at the llver that flows .by the
throne of God.
On the margin
of the river, washing up its silver spray, We will walk and
worship ever, all the happy golden day. Reftain
Ere we reach
the shining river, lay we every burden down, Grace our spirits
will deliver, and provide a robe and crown. Refrain
reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease; Soon
our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace. Reftain
(click here to read):
Rev. Judy Bangsund
Hymn #52 Because
the People: Rev. Sally Roach
me when you come ilito your kingdom.
Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom.
and Hymn: Rev. Gabriel Kimirei
"Njoo, Raha iko kwangu, Kichwa chako ukilaze Kifuani mwangu."
Nilikwenda kwake mara, Sana nilichoka, Nikapata kwake raha,
Na furaha tena.
''Njoo, Kwangu lama maji, Maji ya uzima, bure, Unywe uwe hai."
Nilikwenda kwake mara, Na maji nikanywa; Naishi kwake, na kiu,
Kamwe sina tena.
"Njoo, Dunia ni giza, Ukinitazama nuru, Takung'arizia."
Nilikwenda kwake mora, Yeye jua langu, Ni kila wakati mwanga,
Meredith: Linda Jacobson and the Community
"Swaq Song" "I'll Fly Away" Jean Wahlstrom
and Linda Jacobson
We are Marching in the Light of God
Meredith has requested that memorials be donated to Heifer International
or the Division for Global of the Lutheran Church in America.
Opportunities for gifts are provided at the back of the church.
in continued celebration of Meredith's life and resurrection with
tea and coffee following the service
Olson Murnyak, Age 54, of Maple Lake, Minnesota and Arusha,
Tanzania, passed away March 24, 2006. A graduate of Bloomington
Kennedy & St. Olaf College, Meredith received an M.S. in marine
biology from the University of Puerto Rico and worked in aquaculture
in Wright County and in Tanzania for 23 years with the Evangelical
Lutheran Church of America and Heifer International.
a woman of faith whose delight in the scripture was the grounding
of her being. She approached her missionary work in Tanzania with
a passion and will be dearly missed by friends from all over the
world. She delighted in all manners of water sports, from sailing
to snorkeling.. and was impossible to beat in Scrabble. Her days
began and ended with gratitude to God for all she received.
her ministries and gifts were incomparable. Many shared in the
incredible hospitality of her home. Together with her husband,
Dennis, Meredith promoted health and nutritional enrichment for
the poorest of the poor through fish farming and small scale agriculture.
Meredith added much to the creativity of the team with Dennis
and worked tirelessly to produce books, brochures, calendars,
and training materials. There lives were lived for seven years
in the village of Bonga, near Babati and then in Arusha, Dar es
Salaam, and again Arusha.
contributions to the communities in which she lived were beyond
remarkable. Help with the International School Arusha Campus was
a passion. The development of the Arusha Community Church and
all its ministries were always before her. Meredith moved through
many of the various communities of Tanzania and specifically Arusha.
She is remembered as a tireless organizer and servant for all
projects that needed volunteers.
survived by her husband of nearly 25 years, Dennis; and sons,
Chris and Jesse.
Preceded in death by her father, Earl D. Olson, she is also survived
by her mother, Marian Olson of Carlsbad, CA; and two brothers
and their wives, Doug & Pam Olson of St. Paul, and Kent Olson
& Marsha Trimble of Charlottesville, VA.
of her life will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27,
at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, a few hours after the service
of remembrance at Arusha Community Church.
In lieu of
flowers, memorials are preferred to Division for Global "Mission,
ELCA, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago IL 60631, or Heifer International,
1 World Avenue, Little Rock AR 72201.
there fish farms in heaven?
and hymnboard before the service
Jacobson led the service.
an image of the string ensemble. If anyone took one, please send
it and I will add it here. They added so much!!
-- and Erwin Kinsey reading scripture
Pastor Kimirei of the Arusha Diocese led
a prayer and hymn in Swahili.
and acting for the sake of the coming generation, but
being ready to go any day witout fear or anxiety -- that
, in practice, is the spirit in which we are forced to
live. It is not easy to be brave and keep that spirit
alive, but it is imperative.
Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison