Funerals, memorials and celebrations of life are a large part of being "church." We honor the dead, console the grieving and proclaim the mystery of everlasting life. A church is also a place of remembrance. We should remember and honor our forebears and give thanks for the lives of the saints (all fellow Christians who have gone before us). It's the act of remembrance that helps the church be a community of souls through the ages.
It has become a special part of the life of First-Plymouth to hold a special Service of Remembrance for all our loved ones who have passed away in the prior year. Far from being a time of purely depressed sadness, a service of remembrance is a joyful but poignant uplifting of their lives. This year's Service of Remembrance is part of the 9:00am worship service on Oct. 30. We will be lifting up the names of loved ones, who have died since November of last year.