Celebration of Life
Sermon shared by Jim Kilson
Summary: Funeral for an aged christian woman: can be augmented for any situation
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
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For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16
In other words, none of us just happened. We came into this world, having been put together by God to make a difference in the lives of others and to make a difference for God. It’s amazing the different elements God uses to put us together in our mother’s womb. Put us together for a purpose, to impact those around us.
We all have our memories of __________, mine involved conversations about the family she loved so much…, and the occasional tray table that she didn’t. You all have your memories, precious memories of the one God placed in your life to be a blessing.
When you stop to think about the word NEW, what does it mean? When you get down to it, it really implies something better.
Today we say goodbye, at least for now, to a very special lady. And today, as we stop to remember __________and all those things that made her special, we have to add one more word to that list- "NEW". For today __________has a lot of "NEW" things, including a perfect, body fashioned in the image and likeness of Jesus himself. A body she can use to enjoy all the splendors of that place called heaven
I’m always amazed how Scripture is so realistic. It contains words and actions, which express the whole range of human emotions, and in some ways the book of Psalms is a composite of the Bible.
The 150th Psalm is a closing song of Praise. After 149 songs that speak of the human existence, of pain and joy, sorrow and celebration, the psalmist closes with a simple song of praise
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”
And that is what I would say here today. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”
Those who wrote the psalms were very human, and they knew what it was to feel strong emotion, They cry in pain, they shout with Joy, in all of life they see reason to praise God
We too as the psalmist of long ago, know emotions, today we celebrate the life of one who was loved by many and who loved many.
But also with this celebration are feelings of sadness and loss, and in this we can lean on God, who will be our stronghold during times of trial. It is during seasons of life such as this that we realize that life as we know it is uncertain
None of us is guaranteed the tomorrow that lies ahead, or even the rest of today
The bible often pictures the uncertainty of life, we read in James 4:14
“you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
The very uncertainty of life causes us to consider it approaching end, but even with life’s uncertainty’s God has made victory possible, and oh what a celebration that is
Today we can find comfort that in the fact that Jesus has power over the grave, power over death!
We read in the gospel of Luke how He raised the widow’s son and Jairus’ daughter… oh what a celebration that was
We read in John 11 how He
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