Funeral Ceremony Sermon
Do not be afraid to breathe
Even though this is something our loved one
Could not do.
Do not be afraid for our loved one
For they have found peace.
Do not be afraid for their family
For they are together and strong.
Do not be afraid to be happy
And to tell your stories of your friend.
Do not be afraid to keep loving this man.
He never stopped loving you.
Do not be afraid to cry
With the sadness you feel in his passing.
Do not be afraid to move forward with your lives,
Do not be afraid
Poem for the passing of a loved one.
Written for and Delivered at the funeral of Terry Lee Haas
by Rev. Kirk Alan Haas, Officiant
Terry Lee Haas passed away forty-eight days short of his fiftieth birthday
from lung failure. Terry's brother officiated the ceremony, his first official act as a minister.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Funeral Ceremony
Let the sweetness of the Creator's breath draw this new born child of the eternal to the everlasting mercies that do beckon one as a Mother whispering to her Babe in the cradle; let my breath cover you and remind you that you are mine and that no thing done under the sun can escape my gentle gaze, But let now I pray thee your gaze be as mine; brief, gentle,and kind.
For the face you see does wash clean as you are now stepped out of your earthly body and are now a seed of Hope for all who await this journey ahead,so as you leave please remember to smile for the World in which you came for the power of forgiveness is the holy spirit's witness to the blood that quickens all those who be ever living to see the day where none would ever have to pass from this World to the next in blind faith, but in the unquinching arms of wisdom, and a love that has no bounds, but yet all boundaries are made by this love. Fear not my coming child for death is not becoming of you; I take you unto life and that is who I am...............
Friday, April 22, 2011 Funeral Ceremony Sermon
DO NOT GRIEVE TOO LONG FOR ME
A REQUIEM FOR SHIRLEY
Do not grieve too long for me
For I have come to a better place.
Here at the right hand of my Lord.
I know no more pain nor anguish,
Neither sorrows nor sadness.
Do not grieve too long for me.
Remember only the pleasures,
The memories to cherish,
The life and love that we shared.
Do not grieve too long for me.
I am now at serene and peaceful rest
Here at the right hand of my Lord.
Do not grieve too long for me.
Friday, April 15, 2011 Funeral Ceremony
Funeral Service For A Devoted Christian Wife
Hello everyone and welcome. On behalf of ___, and the rest of the family, I would like to thank you for coming. Your being here, is a tribute ______.
Our sister _____ has gone to her rest in the peace of Christ. May the Lord now welcome her to the table of God=s children in heaven. With faith and hope in eternal life, let us assist her with our prayers. Let us also pray to our Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, for ourselves who mourn today that we maybe reunited with our sister ___, when we meet Jesus Christ in his Glory.
This is the will of the one who sent me, says the Lord, that I should not lose anyone of what he gave me, but that I should raise them up on the last day.
Let us Pray!
Lord Jesus Christ, by your own three days in the grave, you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you and so made the grave a sign of hope that promises resurrection even as it claims our mortal bodies. Grant that our sister Winifred may sleep her in peace until you awaken her to glory for you are the resurrections and the life. Then she will see you face to face and in your light will see light and know the splendor of God. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Reading of Obituary
2 Timothy 4
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1996, c1989 (2 Ti 4:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
If eternal life is the reward for selfless devotion to marriage, then blessed is she whose ashes we lay to rest today. ____was a selfless and devoted wife, even to the forgetting of herself. She gave herself over completely to the institution of marriage, and her husband. ____, denied herself to put her husband first and foremost in her life. This is a living example of the pure love of Christ, and shall not go unrewarded.
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1996, c1989 (Is 25:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
May this woman who loved others more than herself, be taken the mountain of the Lord where she will live in eternity on the high peak of the Love of Christ. Where she will rest, free from illness, pain and the limits of this mortal body, face to face with our Lord.
For our sister ___, Let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, who said, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me shall live, even in death and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
Lord, you joined Adam and Eve, in Marriage, while in Paradise, before sin and death entered the world. Be with ___ husband, and grant him comfort. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress, draw near to us who mourn ___, and dry the tears of those you weep. Lord have Mercy.
You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend, comfort us in our sorrow. Christ have Mercy.
You raised the dead to life, give to our sister ___ eternal life. Lord have Mercy.
Our sister was washed in baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit. Give her fellowship with all your saints. Christ have Mercy.
And now ___, may the angels lead you into paradise, may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you into the kingdom of God.
Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, bless this grave and hallow it, protect it, until the time appointed for the body to be resurrected and reunited with the spirit. In the name of the Father and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
Let us pray:
you made the union of man and woman a sign of the bond between Christ and his church. Grant peace and mercy to ___, who was united in love with ___. May the care and devotion of her life on earth find a lasting reward in heaven. Look kindly on her children, family and friends as they turn to your compassion and love. Strengthen their faith and lighten their loss. We pray, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Now as we prepare to leave this hallowed ground, May Almighty God bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:? 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. 1995
Reverend Dennis William Hawkins
Unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado
Monday, March 21, 2011 Funeral Ceremonies After the testimony comes the reception of the Holy Spirit (per modum viatici). "Sacred writers", according to the Catechism of the Council of Trent, "called it 'the Viaticum', as well because it is the spiritual bread by which we are supported in our mortal pilgrimage, as also because it prepares for us a passage to eternal glory and happiness." The concordant teaching of theologians, as well as the inference from the uniform discipline of the Universal Church, is that there is a Divine precept binding one to receive the Holy Spirit when in danger of death. At this time the communicant is exempted from the traditional natural fast. The Council of Constance witnesses to the custom of the Universal Church in this matter, as well as the Roman Ritual (I, cap. iv, 4) says: "potest quidem Viaticum brevi morituris dari non jejunis". This privilege may be enjoyed repeatedly by the dying person during the illness. Strictly speaking, it is not extended to persons whose danger of death comes from a cause other than sickness, such as soldiers about to engage in battle or criminals about to be executed. Still, even they, as appears from a declaration of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda, 21 July, 1841, may receive the Viaticum even though they are not fasting, if they find any considerable difficulty in observing the law. So far as is possible, nothing should be omitted which can help to confer upon the administration of the Viaticum becoming solemnity. This is all the more desirable in that sometimes the demeanor of those who are present on such occasions, and even of the sick person, is not such as to betray any very alert sense of the Presence that has come to hallow this last stage of life's journey. It is needless to add that whatever the enlightened zeal of the minister or the careful piety of the bystanders can suggest ought to be done to awaken in the communicant a special degree of fervor, a more than ordinarily penetrating faith and ardent love on the occasion of what may be his final eating of the Bread of Life.
Sunday, March 13, 2011 Funeral Ceremonies Bell, Book And Candle CeremonyThe Bell, Book, and Candle ceremony is an ancient ritual of the Roman Catholic Church, no longer in common use. It has been adapted by other denominations for various circumstances. It has been modified from the original to honor persons whose lives have reflected spirituality and doing the will of God without being deeply religious.When the Captain of a Navy ship departs, the ship’s bell is rung. We ring the bell to honor _________’s departure from the vessel God loaned him to navigate this Earth.We close the Book of God’s Word to acknowledge that ______ no longer needs to read it because he is hearing it directly in the presence of God.We blow out the candle to signify that _______ no longer needs it because he is forever in the light of God’s glory.Sola Deo Gloria (To God alone be the glory)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Funeral Ceremony
By Rev. William C. Sanders
performed by her step-son Rev. William C. Sanders, Minister ULC.
Friends, I welcome you today to a service of celebration as we reflect upon the life of Beth Galloway Sanders. We remember her as a kind and spiritual friend who loved and lived for Jesus Christ and for making others smile with faces full of joy. To my father, she was a loving wife and shared with him her beautiful spirit, kindness, and deepest love. others knew her as a loving family member and friend always ready and willing to show her love for us all. often for no other reason but to see us smile, and because quite simply that's just the way she liked it.
Beth shared her heart and love with each of us in her own unique way. We all knew Beth in different ways but we all new her as a kind, giving and special person. We will all take with us our memories of Beth as it is her way of living on in our lives.
in Rev. 22 , the Lord speaks to us " I am the alpha and the Omega" "The beginning and the end". As we are born into a life with Christ and he is there to accept us at the beginning, so to is Christ there to accept us at the end of our lives and to lead us on to an eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. we have lost a dear friend, wife, and family member who will be truly missed, but let us remain joyful and find comfort in knowing that she has left us safely in the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ whom she loved so much, and through whom she became the loving Beth that we all knew.
Let us pray : Lord we give unto you our hearts and pray for your healing grace in our lives.we pray for the spirit of our loved one whom has passed on to your care. we thank you for the gift of having your faithful servant in our lives, as we ask for strength and comfort for the things which we do not understand. this we pray...Amen
Rev. William C. Sanders "Pastor Will" San Antonio, TX
Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 11, 2011 Funeral Ceremony Sermon
Psalm 23:4, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil: for thou art with me."
These words were written by a shepherd-David lived with suffering, pain and loss, yet he survived with his faith intact because he trusted the Shepherd and Healer of his soul.
We are faced with the sober reality of death. We cannot forget that person that died, but we can remember that he lived; we can remember who he was, and the contribution he made to his family, his community, and our lives. And our response to his death can be one of hope.
There's no such thing as false hope, because there is a secure hope as we face death--that hope is found in our Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He leads His flock not simply to but through the dark valleys. We need not fear death; Jesus has assured us that He is right there with us, even in the valley of the shadow of death.
Christ the Good Shepherd can lead us through the dark valleys because He's been there. He laid down His life for His sheep.
God the Father can fully share our sorrow. Sometimes when death comes I've seen people cry in anger, "Where was God when this loved one died?" The answer--He was where He was when His son was being killed...and He understands the pain we feel--He's been there. He can even handle our anger. He understands our distress more than anyone ever could. He may feel far away, and we may feel abandoned, but He is with us, in every dark valley.
Our Good Shepherd does more than lead us through the dark valleys of life. He leads us from despair to renewed confidence in His care. He doesn't simply observe us from a distance; He is actively involved with the details of our lives. He leads us through the valley, because death is not the end of life. There is a life beyond the grave. Our Good Shepherd is preparing a place for all who believe. This place He is preparing for us is not free, however. It cost us nothing, but it cat His everything. He paid for us with his own life. His sacrifice on the Cross frees us from condemnation; His blood washes away our guilt.
This familiar verse from the Shepherd's Psalm doesn't say that we are led through the "valley of death' but the "valley of the shadow of death."The substance of death--the awful dread and fear and uncertainty--has been removed, and only the shadow remains. This is why we who belong to the Good Shepherd can state with confidence, "O death, where is your sting O grave, where is your victory?"
Sunday, February 06, 2011 Funeral Ceremony So it is that we gather to commemorate the passing of one who was with us and is no more. We keep in our minds and hearts those memories and that love we knew because ______ shared his/her life with us; and we commit his/her (body to the ground and his/her) spirit into the keeping of Almighty God.
Universal Life Church - Online Funeral Ceremony
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 Funeral Ceremony
Light a Candle
Light a candle for those we mourn.
Into a new life they will be born.
Do not look for them at the grave site.
They are somewhere else radiating their beautiful light
They have gone to a new world where there is no darkness, no pain.
Their light and essence will always remain.
Light a candle for those who have left this mortal place.
They are free to travel through time and space.
When we think of them, they are near.
When we sit in a beautiful garden. Their voices we hear.
When we listen to a divine symphony,
We close our eyes, their faces we see.
Light a candle for they have not really gone.
With each flickering flame, in your hearts they will always belong.
Friday, January 28, 2011