The Church’s Ministry at Death
As the church embraces us in our baptism and throughout our Christian life, it embraces us in our dying and death with the hope and assurance of resurrection to eternal life.
The Christian Service of Death and Resurrection is a worship service. God is the focus. The beloved and our grief are set within the context of the faith, hope and love that God’s grace makes available to us.
The church is where the significant events and transitions in life are held. It is where the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion are received. It is where confirmation and marriage are celebrated. There we are surrounded by the symbols of our faith. It reminds us of the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) that has gone before us and surrounds us.