Memorial Service

Dedicated to the Glory of God
and in
Celebration and Thanksgiving for the life of

Ryan Clark Hastings
April 20, 1984 - November 2, 2000

Click on the links for transcripts of that portion of the service.

Order of Worship

Rev. Nancy Hastings Sehested, Officiating Minister

Organ Prelude Christina Harmon
Welcome Rev. Gary Stroope
The Call to Worship
The Minister: Dear People, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
The People: And everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The Minister: Anyone who fails to love does not know God.
The People: Because God is love.
                                                              I John 4:7
Hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save"

Eternal Father, strong to save
Whose arm doth bind the restless wave
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

O Holy Spirit, who didst brood
Upon the waters dark and rude
And bid their angry tumult cease
And give for wild confusion peace;
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.

The Invocation

Rev. Gary Stroope

Scripture Readings

Psalm 139:7-12
Isaiah 40:31, Isaiah 54:10
I Corinthians 15:51
Acts 2:38-39

John 14:1-4
Philippians 4:6-9
Colossians 3:12-17

John Hastings, Ryan’s uncle
Sara Hastings, Ryan’s sister
Linda Trickel, Ryan’s mother

Trevor Hastings, Ryan’s cousin
Roger Hastings, Ryan’s uncle
Dana Goodrich, Ryan’s stepfather
Jeanette Hastings, Ryan’s paternal grandmother
Larry Hastings, Ryan’s father
Hymn  "Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound"
Blessing of the Child

 Abigail Hastings, Ryan’s aunt

Prayer  Rev. C. B. Hastings, Ryan’s paternal grandfather
Solo "The Lord’s Prayer"

Ken Casto

Sermon Rev. Nancy Hastings Sehested, Ryan’s aunt
Hymn  "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"
Benediction (audio) Rev. Nancy Hastings Sehested, Ryan’s aunt
Organ Postlude

Christina Harmon

The Family will greet friends in Ellis Parlor following the Memorial Service.

Memorials may be made to the Debate Team at William Howard Taft High School, San Antonio, Texas.


Ryan was interested in serving his country and had aspirations of attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland.  He made a trip with his father just before his death to Washington D.C. to see the Naval Academy and the historical sites in the area.  The following was printed in the Order of Worship

The Prayer of a Midshipman
U.S. Naval Academy

Almighty Father, whose way is in the sea, whose paths are in the great waters, whose command is over all, and whose love never fails: Let me be aware of Your presence and obedient to Your will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and in deed, and helping me so to live that I can stand unashamed and unafraid before my shipmates, my loved ones, and You. Protect those in whose love I live. Give me the will to do the work of a man and to accept my share of responsibilities with a strong heart and a cheerful mind. Make me considerate to those entrusted to my leadership and faithful to the duties my country has entrusted to me. Let my uniform remind me daily of the traditions of the Service of which I am a part. If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me the courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and keep before me the life of Him by whose example and help I trust to obtain the answer to my prayer, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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