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Funeral Meditation

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Sermon shared by David Dewitt

July 1999
Summary: This is a standard funeral message from John 14
Denomination: Wesleyan
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
The Funeral Service

Opening
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.
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal

Invocation
O Eternal God, our Father, from whom we come and to whom we go, grant us the favor of Your divine presence at this time in our earthly pilgrimage; assure us by Your Holy Spirit that the one we serve, even Jesus, has conquered death and is alive forevermore; enable us to view our temporal lives in the light of the eternal; and so may our spirits grow calm and our vision clear. Through Christ we pray. Amen.

Introduction
1. Our Tribute - Commemorate
A. To pay tribute: We have come to honor a life well lived, a life that has touched many and served even more, high tribute to have served Jesus Christ

B. Obituary:

D. Poem - What Must it Be Like?
What must it be like to step on shore, and find it - heaven;
To take hold of a hand, and find it - God’s
To breathe new air, and find it - celestial;
To feel invigorated, and find it - immortality;
To rise from the care, the loneliness, and the turmoil of earth
Into an unbroken calm;
and find it - glory?

Psalm 121
I lift my eyes up to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip - he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed He who watches over you will not slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you - the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

2. To comfort: Though we are assured that Sylvia is with Jesus, she leaves a vacancy that no one can replace, a gap in our lives,

A. Meditation: John 14:1-6
1. Peace is promised: Jesus promises to the faithful that they will have peace, peace that surpasses all understanding, many times in life human understanding fails us, we can not see as God sees, trust in Jesus He gives us perfect peace, peace in the midst of our deepest pain, peace in the midst of our grief, Jesus brings peace that is a new security, knowledge that he is watching over us and protecting us, Sylvia had this peace

2. Place is prepared: God created the earth in six days, Jesus has been preparing our place for two thousand years, heaven is a fantastic place, house with many rooms, place of splendor - glory of Jesus with shine and light everything, not even a shadow exists there, place that is happy - Jesus is the center of heaven and the praises ring to him, the joy shall never end. place of inhabitants - heaven is not empty it is filled with people, saints of old and clouds of witnesses who were faithful ages ago, friends and loved ones will be reunited, place where Jesus is - one of the most important and comforting thoughts of heaven is the fact that Jesus is there, today Sylvia is with Jesus

3. Pathway provided: Everyone wants to go to heaven, we can go there but must be God’s way, we can not get there by
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