Mentow Baptist Church, November 25, 2012
Words of Introduction
We dedicate and bless our new columbarium today. A columbarium is a wall of niches to hold the ashes of the deceased. Christians have a long history of burying their dead close to their places of worship. It is a way to remember that we are part of the communion of the saints. Death does not end love or community for by his death Jesus overcame death, not just for himself but for all people.
Scriptures of Faith
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his people, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:1-4)
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, 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. (Rom. 8:38-39)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. (Heb. 12:1-2)
Words of Dedication
We present this columbarium to be consecrated to the glory of Almighty God and for service in this church. This columbarium will serve as a final place of rest for those dearly departed. It will also be marked as a place where the families of those interned here can come to remember, honor, and celebrate the lives of those loved ones who have gone on before. It will also allow those who will be interned to be place alongside generations of their families.
Responsive Dedication (L: Leader; P: People)
L: To the glory of God, Giver of life and life eternal –
P: We dedicate this columbarium
L: For the comfort of families for whom their loved ones’ remains will rest here –
P: We dedicate this columbarium.
L: Trusting God’s presence with us in life, in death, in life beyond death –
P: We dedicate this columbarium and ourselves to Christ’s service until that day we are joined together with the saints in glory.
Prayer of Dedication
Father God, we dedicate this columbarium to your glory in joyful celebration of the lives of your people, who at the end of service in the earthly life find their rest in you. And as we dedicate this place for God, we rededicate our lives to the service of Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord. Amen.