I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. -Jesus (John 11:25-26)
Followers of Jesus recognize the inevitability of death, and the Gospel of Jesus powerfully addresses the reality and experience of death. Jesus-followers affirm with confidence Christ’s victory over death and the grave and we proclaim that death cannot separate human beings from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus. Such is the faith by which Christians live and in which Christians die.
The belief in the resurrection from the dead is not a belief, which denies the reality of death or suggests that persons have within them some form of immortality. Rather, it is a belief that God’s love and power are greater than the power of death, so that though we die and cease to exist, we are given new life, a new existence in God’s eternity. All this, Christians affirm because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:3-5
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. Romans 6:8-10
The Christian community has special responsibilities toward persons who are dying and toward those who are bereaved. Persons who are confronted with imminent death should not be isolated from Christian community nor should members of the community try to convince them that they are not dying. Instead they should be supported with love, and affirmed as persons loved and forgiven by God.
- Funeral Services will be held for members of the church and their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, or siblings).
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE DIES
- Contact other family members and close friends.
- Contact the Church office at xxx-xxx. If after hours, either leave a message on the voice mail or contact one of our pastors on their cell phone.
- Notify employer of the deceased and your own employer.
- If children are in school, notify the school.
- Choose a funeral home.
Upon the death of a loved one, our priests desire to know of those who need comfort and counsel as they face death. By being involved early in situations of death or impending death, the pastor can help with the necessary decisions regarding service arrangements, as well as caring for the spiritual needs of those involved.
It is expected that primary arrangements will be made with one of the Church’s priests. Please do not schedule a service without first checking the availability of the pastor you desire to officiate.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. –Jesus (Matthew 5:4)