July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

A Time To Die

from the book
The Life Of Christ And The Death Of A Loved One
Crafting The Funeral Homily

Barbara G. Schmitz

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A Funeral Homily For Lent
Canticle: Pascha Nostrum

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die.

These opening lines from the book of Ecclesiastes say that there is a season for everything. There is a time to be born. There is a time to die. Such a time it is, for we are in the season of Lent. And if ever there is a time that the Christian faith dwells on death, practices it, even celebrates it, surely it is this time of Lent.
Lent began on Ash Wednesday with those solemn words of death: ''Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.''
And in the words of the Psalmist, ''You turn us back to the dust and say, 'Go back, O child of earth.' ''
We receive the ashes of Ash Wednesday as a sign of our mortality: a precursor of our own death...

This preaching resource, A Time To Die, is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. This preaching resource relating to Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 is excerpted from the book 'The Life Of Christ And The Death Of A Loved One '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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