Death at our Doorstep

November 15, 2021

Good evening

Oh my what a day. Two deaths at Poole. Two of our faithful passed to the other side. It is now our time to remember, reflect and renew our faith. We plan worship for the family to help them along in their grief . We are silent when we need to be silent, and we speak carefully when we speak. The nature of my church changes when one of us dies. The relationships have to all change. We speak of the loved one now in the “past” tense, although they still influence who we are as a church.

Paul, our church writer, has some trouble with death. He believes in the resurrection and has faith in the living Christ, but sometimes he says we have ‘ fallen asleep ‘ . I think that means death, and we are not going to wake up the next morning, but we will be in heaven where time no longer exists. What do you think ?Let us comfort one another.

Prayer ( from Paul and a confession of faith from the early church )
Who, being in very nature[ God, 
   did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
     being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name, 
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledges that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. AMEN
Philipians 2:6-11


Soaring like Vultures

lifted up by unseen Hand

Trust, silent enters my fears     Monica Pieper Landoni 2021