Words of comfort from The Book of Common Prayer:
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.
The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.
Download St. Thomas the Apostle’s Guide for a Christian Funeral HERE
Belshaw Memorial Columbarium
The columbarium is a resting place for the ashes of a loved one located within the worship space of the sanctuary. It was purchased and dedicated in 1997 in memory of Kay Belshaw. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney in the church office.
Tribute tiles are clay tiles leading up to the entrance that are in memory of deceased family members or in celebration of someone’s life or an important event. If you would like to purchase a tile to honor a family member or friend, please contact Larry Roberts or call the church office.