In Loving Memory of David Howard Groves 13th October 1944 ~ 30th September 2010
The funeral service conducted By Pastor Andrew Fisher From Wellspring Victory Church, Bolnuevo Monday 4th October 2010, at 1pm
ORDER OF SERVICE MUSIC IN MEMORY OF DAVID The Nutcracker ~ WELCOME ~ OPENING PRAYER We have come here today to remember before God our brother David. To give thanks for his life. To commend him to God our merciful redeemer and judge; To commit his body to be cremated, and to comfort one another in our grief. God of all consolation, your Son Jesus Christ was moved to tears at the grave of Lazarus his friend. Look with compassion on your children in their loss, give to troubled hearts the light of hope and strengthen in us the gift of faith, in Jesus Christ our Lord. GOSPEL READING John 5 Vs 24-27 I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
GOSPEL READING Romans 8 Vs 38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
POEM By John Masefield (1878-1967) Sea-Fever I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking. I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying. I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over. ~ MUSIC IN MEMORY OF DAVID Rod Stewart ~ Sailing
PRAYERS All: Lord, we come into your presence to remember David and to seek your comfort, for we know that nothing can separate us from your love and that you support us in our sorrow. We are sure that the souls of the righteous are with you and that nothing can harm them. Although they have died they are in peace. Give us your strength to rejoice that you have taken David to be with yourself where he shall no more be in need. May we find life and peace and perfect joy with him in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen All: God of mercy, we acknowledge that we are all sinners. We turn from the wrong that we have thought and said and done, and are mindful of all that we have failed to do. For the sake of Jesus, who died for us, forgive us for all that is past, and help us to live each day in the light of Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ READING FROM SCRIPTURE Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. Amen
POEM What is a Dad?
A dad is one of life's best gifts, Someone to treasure all life through, He's caring and loving, Thoughtful and true, Someone who is always a special part of your life, Someone who holds a prime place in your heart, He's a mentor, a confident and also a friend, Someone on whose love you can depend. A dad always has your best interests at heart, He's someone so dear and so good, He's a blessing, he's a gift, He's a treasure like no other, He's someone that is truly wonderful. Wherever you go, and whatever you do, A dadâ€™s love will always see you through, A dad is truly invaluable, Indispensable and unforgettable. I wouldn't want anyone but you, And that's why I'm so grateful, that life picked you for me.
A PERSONAL TRIBUTE & MU Louis Armstrong ~ Wh
USIC IN MEMORY OF DAVID hat a Wonderful World
POEM Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806 - 1861 Sonnett From The Portugese XL111
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love the freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! – and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
THE LORDS PRAYER
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this 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, for ever and ever. Amen.
Let us commend David to the mercy of God, Our maker and redeemer. God our creator and redeemer, by your power Christ conquered death and entered into glory. Confident of his victory and claiming his promises, we entrust David to your mercy in the name of Jesus our Lord, who died and is alive and reigns with you, now and forever. Amen.
COMMITTAL The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger and of great goodness. As a father is tender towards his children, so is the Lord tender to those that fear him. For he knows of what we are made; he remembers that we are but dust. Our days are like the grass; we flourish like a flower of the field; when the wind goes over it, it is gone and its place will know it no more. But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures for ever and ever towards those that fear him. and his righteousness upon their children's children.
We have entrusted our brother David to Godâ€™s mercy, and we now, commit his body to be cremated: earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust: in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our frail bodies that they may be conformed to his glorious body, who died, was buried, and rose again for us. To him be glory for ever. Amen.
THE BLESSING May God give you his comfort and his peace, his light and his joy, in this world and the next; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
EXIT MUSIC Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli ~ Time to Say Goodbye
Donations In Memory of David may be given for MABS ~ The Family would like to invite to join them at Bar Trevi following the service
Service Sheets Designed & Printed by The English Funeral Director,Tony Smith.Tel: 650 631 719
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