August 31, 2014
Matthew 16:21-28
Romans 12:9-21
Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c

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Can We Celebrate Christmas Now? Death at Christmastime



from the book
We Are The Lord's
AN ANTHOLOGY OF SELECT FUNERAL MESSAGES


ANTHOLOGY
Allen Puffenberger



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The following meditation is suggested for a family that has lost a loved one near the end of Advent or during Christmastide. The name, "Adam," is employed for the deceased.

It is hard to accept the death of a loved one at anytime. It is especially difficult at Christmas. This is a family time. What is being celebrated now started with Joseph, Mary and Jesus, and has been continued by countless mothers and fathers and their children. No other holiday is so centered in the home as this one. All the festivities - sending cards, decorating the tree, exchanging gifts, singing carols, going to church, and gathering around the table - take on luster, because we join in them at home, with loved ones. How sad it is to be separated from family now. Who here is not stirred by the sentiment of the song, "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams"?

The pangs of death are acutely sharp...

This funeral sermon, Can We Celebrate Christmas Now? Death at Christmastime, is based on Luke 2:1-20. This funeral sermon is excerpted from the book 'We Are The Lord's '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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