Give rest, O Christ,
to your servants with your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.

You only are immortal,
the creator and maker of mankind;
and we are mortal, formed of the earth,
and to earth shall we return.
For so did you ordain
when you created me, saying,
“You are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
All of us go down to the dust;
yet even at the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.



April 23, 2020

Read obituary from the Hartford Courant

A remembrance by Rev. Bob Bergner

Josh Kovner, husband of Sharon, father of Dan and Kelly, and grandfather of Mila and Gianna,
died on Thursday, April 23, from cardiac complications.

I only met Josh briefly a couple of times, but he seemed like a kind and gentle man.
Certainly the praise he has received since his death from colleagues and community leaders alike speaks of the talent, energy and dedication that he brought to his professional life as a journalist.
Josh will be greatly missed.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Sharon, Dan, and Kelly.
We are living in unusual, social-distancing times, but let’s not let that prevent us from
reaching out in love and support to our sisters and brother in need.

Please keep the Kovners in your prayers.  It is the Easter season, the season when
our Christian narrative reminds us most explicitly that death is not the end of life’s story. 
Rather, departure from this physical world is a transformation, a new beginning,
an adoption even of greater glory. Josh may have disappeared from the sight of our eyes, but not from the sight of our hearts.  And, as Antoine de Saint Exupéry wrote,
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Finally, I am including here a link to a song, “Your Heart Is Magnificent,” that Dan Kovner and I wrote a couple of years ago.  We sang it once on a Sunday morning.  Last week, I made a recording of the song and shared it with Dan who, in turn, shared it with his father. 
I like to think that that sharing was meaningful to both of them.

(Download the words to Dan’s song here.)

God's blessing and God's peace to you all,




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