Memorials and Celebrations of Life
A Memorial and Celebration of Life finds all its meaning in the Resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. The worship, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that, in Paul’s words from his Letter to the Romans, “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend, Lazarus. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.
The death of a loved one is an emotional experience for family, friends, and the faith community. In the midst of grief, we seek to offer a beautiful and meaningful Celebration of Life, which reflects the wishes of the deceased and family. We also have available a Columbarium for the burial of cremated remains.