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.
Funerals are the privilege of the Church to support and the church strives to be available for the community, members and non-members alike. The Daughters of the King (DOK) generously donate receptions in Krist Hall by arrangement. Members are asked to contribute $500 to cover flowers, organist, clean-up, and clergy discretionary donation; non-members are asked to contribute $750, the residual supporting the altar guild and DOK. To learn more about funerals at St Thomas, please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The columbarium is a resting place for the ashes of a loved one located within the worship space of the chapel. It was purchased and dedicated in 1997 in memory of Kay Belshaw. To view and download our Columbarium Contract PDF, click here.