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Messages for Memorials and Graveside Grief

As a ministerial student starting a church in a retirement village, I needed a book like this one, with short sermons for memorials and funerals, but had trouble finding one. As I neared my own retirement, I felt led to start compiling the messages I'd developed over the years. These 27 messages will hopefully help young ministers and lay speakers at memorials, funerals and graveside services. Each has an outline and a written-out manuscript of the message. The ďIntroductionĒ offers wisdom and helpful advice in conducting such meetings. Here is a list of the messages in the order they appear, giving title, (text), and topic sentence:

1. All Things Work Together for Good (Rom 8:28)
Christian believers have good reasons for great expectations!

2. The Reflection of Glory (1 Cor 13:12) [mental loss]
Thereís so much more to see when we will see more clearly.

3. The Eternal Memorial (Rev 2:17) [graveside]
Engraved memorials remind us of heavenly memorials.

4. The Witness of Our Works (Rev 14:13)
ďWatch your works!Ē is a departing loved oneís last message to us.

5. Death Benefits (Rom 6:20-23)
God has a life insurance policy through the death of His Son.

6. The Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14, 27)
We long for a shepherding God and find Him in Jesus Christ.

7. Where Then Is Our Hope? (Job 17:11-16; 19:25-27)
The Christian hope in the face of death is resurrection.

8. Godís Eternal Answer (John 14:1-6)
God gives those troubled by grief an eternal answer.

9. The Light is Still Green (Josh 18:3)
You canít prepare to stop until youíve started.

10. One Grain of Wheat (John 12:24)
Christ is our experienced Guide through death and resurrection.

11. At Peace in the Presence of Death (Psa 23:5a)
Before God destroys death, He uses it to teach us about life.

12. Divine Hope for Human Destiny (Rom 8:22-25)
The Gospel hope is a promise of human restoration.

13. God Is Grieved about Death (1 Cor 15:26)
Grief is Godís way of helping humans say, ďIt ought not be so!Ē

14. Whether We Live or Die (Rom 14:7-8)
Our life and death are important to others, but especially to God.

15. Life in the Valley (Psa 23:4)
Jesus wants to be our Guardian and Guide through lifeís shadows.

16. Old-Fashioned Concepts (Eph 4:4)
Grief can become a divine messenger of encouragement.

17. What Will I Wear in Heaven? (2 Cor 5:4)
The bodies we will have in Heaven are literally ďout of this world!Ē

18. We Matter to God (Gen 49:33-50:1)
The human soul is one of Godís eternal investments.

19. When Itís Closing Time (John 9:4)
Life is limited, so we must choose the business of life carefully.

20. In the Mist of Life (James 4:13-17)
With God in charge of our lives, we can handle the surprises.

21. Manís Search for Meaning (Eccl 3:11-14)
Our persistent search for meaning in life points to a divine answer.

22. Two Views of Freedom in Death (Job 3:20-22)
Godís will is best, whether itís to leave this life or stay in it.

23. Resurrection Hope (1 Cor 15:45-49)
Resurrection is Godís decree that humanity has an eternal destiny.

24. Left Behind (Phil 1:20-24)
Weíre not ready to go until weíre ready to stay.

25. How to be Sure of Eternal Life (John 7:17)
Certainty of faith comes through willingness to do Godís will.

26. A Heavenly Home (John 14:1-6) [for a little one]
Heaven is Godís answer to our deep need for an eternal home.

27. Godís Grief over Death (John 11:32-37)
Godís own tears offer us the deepest comfort in our grief.

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