Good Folks, today is the last Friday in January 2016. Where has the month gone? As of the writing of this epistle, our beloved Alex Pearce has joined the great cloud of witnesses. Arrangements are pending, and we pray for Marilyn and the Pearce family.
I had been wanting to write a Frankly Speaking on the making of a Celebration of Life Service. Let me share with you what I have envisioned in my own memorial service. Yes, a memorial service, for I wish to be cremated. More on that part in a future article.
I envision a grand worship service, minus the passing of the offering plates and an altar call. That said, these are some of the elements in this service:
- Scriptures to be read: Proverbs 3:5-6, John 3:16-17, First Corinthians 13
- Songs to be sung: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty; How Great Thou Art; Here I Am, Lord; a hymn in Spanish, and special songs (lots of music)
- Speakers: Family & Colleagues
- Slide Show: with pictures scrolling after the sermon to the tune of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Israel Kamakawiwo”Ole
My family knows that I want my ashes to be spread over Corpus Christi Bay and on the Galapagos Island. (Don’t forewarn them) I have reasons for both places. More on that later.
You have heard me say that nothing is etched in stone except the Ten Commandments. The same would be true for my memorial service, but for now – these are my wishes. I have approached the process of services like these as a weaver on a loom, weaving a unique and personalized tapestry for this life celebrated, and the legacy left behind. The loom is in constant motion until the last note is played and stillness returns to the sanctuary. Everything said and done in this service is to the honor and glory of God. (Soli Deo Gloria)
As a pastor, we are sometimes invited to special moments: the birth of a child with family present, baptisms, weddings and when a loved one joins the Church Triumphant. In all these events, there is joy and excitement and sadness. We risk loving, and in-so-doing we risk grieving. Life is precious and fragile; therefore handle with prayer and know that God’s promises of eternal life, comfort for those left behind, and the realization that we are not alone in this journey gives me great hope. Jeremiah 33:3, Call upon me and I will show you great and wonderful things that you cannot begin to imagine.
May God bless you beyond imagination!
Shalom, Pastor Frank