Michael and Jack Ford will read Bible passages at Betty Ford's memorial service
Guests at Betty Ford’s memorial service in Palm Desert Tuesday will receive a program that features a portrait of the former first lady with the title: “A Celebration of the life of Elizabeth Bloomer Ford.”
The opening anthem will be delivered by the Rev. Lane G. Hensley.
Ford's sons Michael and John “Jack” Ford will read passages from the Old and New Testaments. Jack will read a passage from Isaiah 40: 28-31, which will be followed by the hymn, “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place.’’
Michael will then read from Corinthians 13: 1-13, which will be followed by the anthem “Amazing Grace sung by U.S. Army 1st Class Alvy R. Powell Jr.
The song will be followed by the Rev. Cherry A. Remboldt reading the Holy Gospel, Matthew 5: 1-12.
Eulogies will then be delivered by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, news commentator Cokie Roberts and Geoffrey Mason, head of the Betty Ford Center.
Following that will be a homily, the Apostles' Creed, and then the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer.
Then comes the serenity prayer, the commendation, the blessing, the dismissal, the closing hymn, “lead on O Kind Eternal, and the postlude.
-- Phil Willon in Palm Desert
Photo: The program for the funeral of Betty Ford, the wife of the late President Ford, in front of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert on Tuesday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters