“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Celebrating the Promise of Everlasting Life

Questions and fears about death find their answers in our Christian faith. To every suggestion that death is only a brutal end to all that is good and therefore a defeat, the Christian faith answers with a resounding “No!”  In the Resurrection, Jesus said “Yes!” to everlasting life. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26) And at the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples, “Because I live, you will also live.” (John 14:19)

At some time in life, we all have to face death and the resulting grief that comes with saying good-bye to a family member or friend. At 1st Pres, we seek to remind one another of the power of God’s grace, the comfort of His sovereignty, and the strength of His promises. Especially when we face sad and challenging days ahead, we find solace and peace in our community of faith. Please know that as you face the days ahead, we will be praying with and for you and your family as you rely on God’s mercy.

A funeral service is an act of Christian worship because we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and His promise of everlasting life. We hold on to that promise as we honor and celebrate the life of our loved ones.

If you need to make funeral arrangements for a loved one, please contact Jeanne Nifong and she will assist you.