Funeral – People of the Journey
The death of someone we care about is always significant. It asks us to reflect on the time we were able to spend with the person, the opportunities we took, and the ones we missed. There is no correct feeling, no correct response. There is a shared experience of grief.
- It is an opportunity to took back.
- It is an opportunity to look forward.
- It is an opportunity to look to each other.
- It is a opportunity to look to God.
The death and resurrection of Jesus tells us we are also able to live in the midst of death as children of hope. During the funeral we normally light a candle (the Easter Candle) to remind us that we walk as children of light.
Our Parish straddles the Manning River, and down here it flows fairly smoothly. Up in the Barringtons where it begins, it is quite a lively stream, and the journey motif persists, in the midst of life and death, the river flows.
Give rest, O Christ,
to your servant with your saints:
where sorrow and pain are no more;
neither sighing but life everlasting.
You only are immortal,
the creator and maker of all:
and we are mortal
formed from the dust of the earth,
and to earth shall we return:
for so you ordained,
when you created me saying:
‘Remember you are Dust
and to dust shall you return.’
All we go down to the dust;
and weeping o’er the grave we make our song:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
† And so we pray
One of the great privileges of our ministry is to walk with people through the hard times, as well and the good, and to keep the candle of hope alive.
And so we pray, not simply for those who have gone before, but also for us who are left behind, that we may have strength and courage to tomorrows day.
To arrange a funeral in one of our Churches, or other locations, please contact the Parish clergy. The details are in the margin to the left, or if you prefer you can fill out the form below.