by Stan Coffey

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Memorial Service for a Faithful Deacon
Stan Coffey

This morning we have come together to celebrate the life and rejoice of the home going of this faithful man. At times such as this we turn to the blessed words of Jesus. He said to His disciples, "let not your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. For in my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto my self. But where I am there you may be also." Paul said, "For we know that if the earthly body of this tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."

As we go to the Lord in prayer, let's pray for this time together. Father we thank you this morning for the opportunity to reflect on him and what he meant to us. We thank you for the friends and for the fellow believers in Christ and for his fellow church members who have come today to remember him and to show respect and show love for this family. In fact Father we thank you for every flower and every card and every gift and every call that has been made on behalf of friends and churches and people who have been concerned to this family. Heavenly Father, we thank you for your love. For we know they have been surrounded in your love. And Father we know that through this lengthy struggle that Harold has gone through and through his home going, we know that their testimony is that you have been with them in a strong and powerful way. That underneath them is your everlasting arms. So again today, heavenly Father we ask you for grace and strength.

The Scripture teaches us that the greatest witness we have is the witness that we have with our family. We can have a witness with people that we are with at church one day a week and even a witness at our work but it i ...

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