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Jesus said- "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and who­ever lives and believes In me shall never die."

John 11:25-26

 

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

         O God our Father, creator of all mankind, giver and preserver of all life: We confess to thee our slowness to accept death as part of thy plan for life. We confess our reluctance to commit to thee those whom we love. Restore our faith that we may come to trust in thy care and

 providence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.2

(Needed assurance as we do---lost Jonathan)

I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth- me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear

no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they com­fort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

As Christ prepared to go to Heaven, He spoke these words to his followers: Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going."

Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; hence­forth -you know him and have seen him»   

In fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also In Christ shall all be made alive.

But some one will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. But God gives It a body as he has chosen.

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What Is sown Is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, It Is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. 1 tell you tills, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perish­able inherit the imperishable.

At the grave,

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven ' and earth.                               

As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear him.                            

Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, tear not! Behold, your God will come and save you."

Forasmuch as the spirit of the departed hath returned to God who gave it, we therefore commit (his/her) body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; look­ing for the general resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed and made like unto his own glorious body; ac­cording to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me:

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from hence­forth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

(Join with me in the prayer our father taught us to pray)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And for­give us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen

0 God of Infinite compassion, who art the comforter of thy children: Look down in thy tender love and pity, we; beseech thee, upon thy servants. In the stillness of our hearts we entreat for them thy sustaining grace. Be thou their stay, their strength, and their shield, that trusting in thee they may know thy presence near, and in the assurance of thy love be delivered out of their distresses; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The grace-of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

 

This concludes our grave side services.

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