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Ann Farmer Funeral

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Prayer

O God, giver of life and conqueror of death, our help in every time of trouble, we trust that you do not willingly grieve or afflict us.Comfort us who mourn;   and give us grace, in the presence of death, to worship you,that we may have sure hope of eternal life     and be enabled to put our whole trust in your goodness and mercy;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words of Welcome

Dying, Christ destroyed our death.
Rising, Christ restored our life.Christ will come again in glory.
As in baptism Ann Farmer put on Christ, so in Christ may Ann be clothed with glory.
Here and now, dear friends, we are God's children.
What we shall be has not yet been revealed; but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Those who have this hope purify themselves as Christ is pure.

Words of Hope

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and I am life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet shall they live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I hold the keys of hell and death.
Because I live, you shall live also.
Psalm 23 NASB95
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Eulogy

Penelope Ann Farmer, age 73 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening March 20, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.
Born May 23, 1944 in Greenville, Ohio and the daughter of late Charles and Mabel (Baumer) Cable. Ann was a sweet and loving mother and grandmother. She loved reading and crocheting and was an avid collector.
Ann was a graduate of Greenville High School in 1962. In 1970 she met the Love of her life Richard P Farmer, and they got married on April 3rd 1971. She worked at Fram in Greenville Ohio where she retired in 2003.
Ann is preceded in death by her husband Dick, parents and brother John. She is survived by her sons Darin, Greg (wife Tina), and Hollis (wife Angela), and grandchildren Brandon, Jacob, Wesley, Hunter, Trenten, Kianna, Teresa, Danielle, and Evelyn.

THE LIFE BEYOND

1. THE LIFE BEYOND
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.—
The Bible teaches that life does not end at the grave. The eternal spirit and image of God within us cannot be destroyed by the death of the body. John must have had this truth in mind when he wrote .
Obviously, this is a view of death from the other side. Viewed from our vantage point, death appears to be dreadful, defeating, and devastating. But from God’s vantage point, it is altogether different. He calls the dead, “blessed.” That word literally means “happy,” “to be congratulated,” “fortunate.” Far from being pitied, God tells us that those who die with faith in the Lord are to be envied.

1. THE DOORWAY TO REST

1) Death is the doorway to rest from our labors. The word “labor” describes a wearing out from work, a wearisome toil. It suggests to us that life is often hard. It can be full of difficulties, disappointments, and disease. God promises us rest from all of that.
2) Death is the doorway into that rest for God’s people. We need to thank God for death. There comes a time when we need to lay down our burden and to be at rest. The word “rest” that appears here is a beautiful word. It means to be at ease, to be refreshed. It suggests an end to the toils and tribulations of life.

This is what Jesus promised to us when He said:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.—
In this world of trouble, we can know rest. But there is a greater and more complete rest for us when we go to be with the Lord. It is the rest of heaven and the presence of God. And those who have laid their burden down and entered into it are to be congratulated—they are truly fortunate.

2. DOORWAY TO REWARD

Johns says in , “their works do follow them.” We are all making a record on earth. We carry the record of our life with us into eternity. By the lives that we live, by the words that we say, and the deeds that we do, we are laying up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Jesus said if we give a cup of cold water to a little child because we are His disciple, we will in no way lose our reward (). The Bible tells us that God will not forget our works and labor of love which we have done in His name as we minister to others (). Our works follow us. They accompany us to the very judgment of God.
The purpose of the judgment is not to determine our destiny but to determine our reward in that destiny. We are saved by grace, but we will be rewarded by our works. If we have lived faithfully and served our Lord lovingly then death becomes the doorway to our reward. And those who have gone to a good reward are fortunate. They are to be congratulated.

3. DOORWAY TO RESURRECTION

While the resurrection is not mentioned in this verse, it is affirmed in :
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.—
The Bible teaches more than the immortality or the survival of the spirit of man. It also teaches the resurrection of the body. Those who die in Christ go immediately to be with the Lord. And when Christ returns the body that has died will come to life again. It will be a new and glorious resurrection body and will be like the resurrected body of Christ. As His body was recognizable, so our friend and loved one will be recognizable also. As His body transcended the limitations of time and space, so our body will not be subject to the limitations of this life. As His body was no longer subject to disease and decay, so our body will be an immortal body. It will live forever.

Prayer

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Prayer

O Jesus Christ our risen Lord, you have gone before us in death.Grant us the assurance of your presence,     that we who are anxious and fearful in the face of death       may confidently face the future,     in the knowledge that you have prepared a place for all who love you. Amen.

Benediction

The peace of God which passes all understanding     keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,       and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.And the blessing of God Almighty,     the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,  be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
Graveside Service #1
Graveside Service #1
Terry Cavanaugh / General
 

Graveside Service

In the midst of life, we are in death;      from whom can we seek help?(NINTH CENTURY)
Our help is in the name of the Lord     who made heaven and earth.God who raised Christ from the dead     will give life to your mortal bodies also     through the Spirit that dwells in you.(, ALT.)
Listen, I will tell you a mystery!We will not all die, but we will all be changed.For this perishable body must put on imperishability,     and this mortal body must put on immortality.Then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:     
"Death has been swallowed up in victory."     
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
But thanks be to God,     who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us pray:
Almighty God,     into your hands we commend your son/daughter,     in sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life     through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This body we commit to the ground(to the elements, to its resting place ),     earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. (TRADITIONAL)
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.Yes, says the Spirit, they will rest from their labors     for their deeds follow them.(, ALT.)
Let us pray
O Lord, support us all the day long of our troubled life,     until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,       and the busy world is hushed,       and the fever of life is over and our work is done.Then in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,     and a holy rest, and peace at the last;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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