In Loving Memory of
Charlie Gibson 17th April 1934 ~ 7th November 2011
The funeral service conducted by Rev Len Eaton M.B.E. & Rev Deacon Maureen Kent St Nicholas Ecumenical Church, Camposol on Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 5pm
ORDER OF SERVICE MUSIC IN MEMORY OF CHARLIE The Old Rugged Cross ~ WELCOME: By Rev Deacon Len Eaton M.B.E. ~ M: We meet in the name of Jesus Christ, who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father. Glory and mercy be with you. All: And also with you M. We look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen; For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Today we come together to remember before God our brother Charlie. To give thanks for his life and to comfort one another in our grief. ~ OPENING PRAYER M Father in heaven, we thank you because you made us in your own image, and gave us gifts in body, mind and spirit. We thank you now for Charlie and for what he meant for each of us. And we honour his memory, make us more that you are; the one from whom comes every perfect gift, including the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. All: Amen
PSALM 130 Vs 1-5 All: Out of the depths have I called you, O Lord. Lord hear my Voice - O let your ears consider well: The voice of my supplication. If you Lord should note what we do wrong; who then O Lord could stand? But there is forgiveness with you: so that you shall be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits for him: and in his word is my hope. ~ PSALM 23 Vs 1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall want nothing He makes me lie down in green pastures, and leads me beside the waters of peace; he renews life within me, and for his nameâ€™s sake guides me in the right path. Even though I walk through a valley dark as death I fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy staff and thy crook are my comfort. Thou spreadest a table for me in the sight of my enemies; thou hast richly bathed my head with oil, and my cups runs over. Goodness and love unfailing, these will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. Glory to the Father and to the Son: And to the Holy Spirit, As it was in the beginning is now: And shall be forever. Amen ~ MUSIC IN MEMORY OF CHARLIE Spanish Eyes
THE READING ISAIAH 40, Vs.6b-8 M:
All mankind is grass; they last no longer than a flower of the field. The grass
withers. The flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon them, the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God endures for evermore. This is the word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God ~ GOSPEL READING M:
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5, Vs. 24-27
All: Glory to you, O Lord M
In very truth, anyone who gives heed to what I say and put his trust in him
who sent me, has hold of eternal life, and does not come up for judgement, but has already passed from death to life. In truth, in very truth I tell you, a time is coming, indeed it is already here, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and all who hear shall come to life. For as the Father has life-giving power in himself, so has the Son by the Fatherâ€™s gift. As Son of Man, he has also been giving the right to pass judgement. This is the gospel of the Lord. All: Praise to you, O Christ
POEM Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away into the next room I am I and you are you Whatever we were to each other That we are still Call me by my old familiar name Speak to me in the easy way you always used Put no difference into your tone Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow Laugh as we always laughed At the little jokes we always enjoyed together Play, smile, think of me, pray for me Let my name be ever the household word that it always was Let it be spoken without effort Without the ghost of a shadow in it Life means all that it ever meant It is the same as it ever was There is absolute unbroken continuity What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind Because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you for an interval Somewhere very near Just around the corner All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost One brief moment and all will be as it was before How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
MEMORIES OF CHARLIE A PERSONAL TRIBUTE ~ POEM
Remember Me To the living, I am gone To the sorrowful, I will never return To the angry, I was cheated But to the happy, I am at peace And to the faithful, I have never left I cannot speak, but I can listen I cannot be seen, but I can be heard So as you stand upon the shore Gazing at the beautiful sea, remember me As you look in awe at a mighty forest And in its grand majesty, remember me Remember me in your hearts, In your thoughts, and the memories of the Times we loved, the times we cried, the battle we fought and the times we laughed For if you always think of me, I will never have gone. ~ MUSIC IN MEMORY OF CHARLIE Your Cheating Heart
M: Father in heaven, we give you thanks for your servant Charlie. We praise you as we recollect his life and cherish his memory. We bless you that in bearing your image he has brought light to our lives. For we have seen; In his friendship - reflections of your compassion, In his integrity - demonstrations of your goodness, In his faithfulness - glimpses of your eternal love, Grant to each of us, beloved and bereft, the grace to follow his good example. So that we with him may come to your everlasting kingdom; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who died and rose again and opened the gate of glory, to whom be praise for all eternity. All: Amen M:
Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:
All; Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; He was buried; He was raised to life on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles: This we have received, and this we believe. Amen M: Almighty God, in your great love you crafted us by your hand and breathed life into us by your Spirit. Although we became a rebellious people, you did not abandon us to our sin. In your tender mercy you sent your Son to restore in us your image. In obedience to your will he gave up his life for us, bearing in his body our sins on the cross. By your mighty power you raised him from the grave and exalted him to the throne of glory. Rejoicing in his victory and trusting in your promise to make alive all who turn to Christ, we recommend Charlie to your mercy and we join with all your faithful people and the whole company of heaven in one unending song of praise: Glory and wisdom and honour be to our God forever and ever. All: Amen
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us to day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. M: We have entrusted our brother Charlie to Godâ€™s merciful keeping and now we commit his body for cremation. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, and rose again for us, to him be glory forever and ever. Almighty God, grant that we, with all those who have believed in you, may be united in the full knowledge of your love and the unclouded vision of your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. All: Amen THE BLESSING M: The Lord bless you and watch over you, The Lord make his face shine upon you And be gracious to you. The lord look kindly upon you And give you peace; And the blessing of God almighty + The father, the son, and the holy sprit, Be among you and remain with you always All: Amen EXIT MUSIC My Heart Will Go On ~ Celine Dion Donations in Memory of Charlie are greatly received for MABS Refreshments will be provided at T. Jâ€™s Bar Bar, all are welcome. Service sheets printed by The English Funeral Director, Tony Smith.