Sentences of Scripture

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life Those who believe in me shall live, even though they die, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.

Statement of Purpose

We have gathered together this morning to worship the God we know in Jesus Christ. And in the context of our worship we have come to remember and to give thanks for the life of Minnie Wampler, who died, but who lives again because she put her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord

Prayer

Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth: You formed us from the dust of the earth, and by your breath you gave us life. We glorify you.

Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life: You tasted death for all humanity, and by rising from the grave you opened the way to eternal life. We praise you.

Holy Spirit, author and giver of life: You are the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence and everlasting hope. We worship you.

To you, O Blessed Trinity.

be glory and honor, forever and ever. Amen

Scripture

Psalm 23

Psalm 27

Homily .

Psalm 27 is a song of confidence. The one who wrote it originally had a personal experience of God during a very trying time, and came through it convinced that God is who he said he is, the one who brings light into our darkness, and salvation from our troubles. In Psalm 27 God is personally experienced as someone who wins out in every trouble and prevails against every threat. The writer of Psalm 27 has completely staked his life and future on the God who will not let him down. The result is that he is now free of fear and confident about his future with the Lord.

It's no wonder that this was a favorite Psalm of Minnie Wampler. She through her faith reflected in her own life the confidence of this Psalm in the God she knew in Jesus Christ. As she was facing her own death, she knew for sure that even in death the Lord was her light and her salvation.

Hear the good news of Jesus Christ. To all those who are in Christ Jesus death is not the end, but a new beginning, a new heaven, and a new earth, where there are no more tears. no more death, and no more pain.

Claim now for Minnie and for yourself the promise, the good news, the Gospel of Jesus

Christ, who said: Because I live, you will live also.

Prayer

O God of grace,

you have given us a new and living hope in

Jesus Christ.

We thank you that by dying

Christ destroyed the power of death,

and by rising from the grave

opened the way to eternal life.

Help us to know that because he lives,

we shall live also; and that neither death nor

life,

nor things present nor things to come

shall be able to asparate us from your love

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Amazing Grace

Eulogy for Minnie Wampler

Minnie Wampler will be remembered as a Christian woman, a woman of great faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, a woman unafraid to share her faith with others, a woman who talked about the Lord a lot, a woman who liked to talk about what God had done and is doing and will do for us, a woman whose faith gave her great peace in her last days Because of her faith she went to her death unafraid and sure of her future with her Lord She died with her spiritual house in order

Minnie Wampler will be remembered for the 1ove she shared with her family, with her husband, with all her children, and all her grandchildren and great grandchildren

She will be remembered by her family as someone who was hind and compassionate and giving, someone who worried about everyone but herself, as someone who did not speak negatively about others, but rather was an encourager to those who were down She had a knack for calling at the right time and speaking in a way that would lift family members spirits when they needed it the most

She will be remembered by her grandchildren, who loved to come and spend Friday nights with her and sit in her lap and be spoiled by her, as the grandmother all other grandmothers aspire to be

She will be remembered for her delicious recipes, for her hot chocolate and her apple butter and her fried apple pie and her chicken and dumplings, and for a welcome pot of pinto beans always on her stove that got a young

couple through a financially challenging first

year of marriage.

She will be remembered as a mother to the neighborhood, as someone who got involved with the neighbors, bringing them food and other things without expecting anything in return.

A philosophy that guided her was contained in the words: "Give roses to the living." And flowers were something she enjoyed receiving as much as giving.

She will be remembered as someone who was easy to care for. Even in her declining final days, she was not one to get upset or to complain.

Minnie Wampler will be remembered fondly by her family and friends, who consider it a great privilege and a great gift to have known her and to have talked and laughed with her and to have been part of her life.

The last words of this eulogy are hers, which she wrote down at various times:

"In our path way of life, sorrow comes to us all, and we think we can't go on, but God is always there, he can make a way, where we think there is no way."

"I am ready to go, so don't worry about me. Live a life that you can meet me some day."

"When we give ourselves away, we are laying up rich treasures in the kingdom of God."

"Through all the trials you have to go through down the road of life, live for God and put him first in your life, and never be afraid to die for we will all be waiting for you in our mansion in the sky."

Prayer

We give you thanks, Almighty God, for your servant, Minnie Wampler, whose baptism is now complete in her death. We praise you for the gift of her life, for all in her that was good and kind and faithful, for the grace You gave her, that kindled in her the love of your dear name, and enabled her to serve you faithfully. We thank You that her death is past and her pain is ended, and that she has now entered the joy you have prepared; through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

Committal

In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eterna1 life, we commend to almighty God our sister, Minnie Wampler, and we commit her body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, says the Spirit. They rest from their labors, and their works follow them.

Commendation

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Minnie Wampler. Acknowledge we humbly pray, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious Company of the saints in light. Amen.

Blessing

Go in peace, and may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, make you complete in Everything good so that you may do God's will, working among us that which is pleasing in God's sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.