funerals & memorial services
…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, 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.
– ROMANS 8:38-39 –
During our lifetimes, we are committed to striving to be closer to God in our thoughts, words, and deeds. At the time of our death, we believe that God raises us in the fullness of our being and we are brought into community with God, blissfully and eternally. This is how we describe heaven.
By praying and worshiping together, we believe that the whole of God’s creation, living and dead, friend and stranger, those whom we love and those with whom we are in conflict, are brought together by the grace of God in the “communion of saints.” Even when our loved ones pass out of earthly existence, they are still with us and we are with them, in the communion of saints.
We hold in our hearts all who have passed into the glory of God, and we trust that in God’s presence they will grow in God’s love. There we come to know and love God completely. Nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love of God.
The Burial Service, while not a Sacrament, is a rite of the church designed to comfort those in need. This is a healing way to bring friends and family together, to receive love and support within the context of our Episcopal faith. A body may be present in a closed casket, or as cremated remains.
A Memorial Service is a liturgy without either the body or ashes. It can be held anytime from a few days to a few weeks after death. A Homily is preached by one of our clergy. It is our privilege to offer the hospitality of a reception following the service, if the family desires.
To make Funeral or Memorial Service arrangements, please contact a member of the Clergy.