Remembrance of a Loved One
We understand how difficult it can be to cope with the loss of a loved one. Although we get peace knowing God has called them home to their eternal resting place in heaven, it can still be difficult to handle the arrangements after their passing.
What is a funeral? A time to say goodbye? To have a family reunion? To grieve?
Yes, we say goodbye to a loved one; families gather more faithfully at funerals than any other time; and we grieve because of the separation that death brings.
A Christian funeral encompasses all of this, but it is also different. For we know that though we are separated temporarily through death, we are spiritually united as one in the body of Christ and shall be physically reunited at our Lord’s return.
It is important to understand that a funeral is a worship service. We do not worship the person lying in the casket; rather, we worship the One who died and rose again. Jesus Christ is the center of all Lutheran worship—especially a funeral—because Jesus’ victory over sin, death, and the devil is clearly proclaimed. The whole funeral service echoes this truth over and over, reminding us of what Jesus did for us at our Baptism.
Pastor Sachs can consult with you on the type of services you are interested in having for the remembrance of your loved one. He can also offer assistance in coordinating with other services you may require outside of the church, such as: funeral homes, flowers, burial grounds, etc. Pastor is also available to counsel those who may be having difficulty with the passing of a loved one
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep. (1 Thess. 4:13–14 ESV)
It is also encouraged that members and their families meet with Pastor Sachs in regard to funeral arrangements before anyone’s passing. This not only helps make preparations easier, but also helps everyone mentally, emotional and spiritually prepare for what will come.
Please contact the church office of Pastor Sachs for more information.