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Feb 12, 2013

Committal for Jenkins:


For as much as it has pleased Almighty God to take out of this world
the soul of Jenkins, we therefore commit his body to the wall of
remembrance on this church ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes,
dust to dust, looking for that blessed hope when the Lord Himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall
rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so
shall we ever be with the Lord, wherefore comfort ye one another with
these words.
For as much as it has pleased our Heavenly Father in His wise
providence to take unto Himself our beloved Jenkins, we therefore
commit his body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to
dust, looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the
great God in our Savior Jesus Christ who shall change the body of our
humiliation and fashion it anew in the likeness of His own body of
glory according to the working of His mighty power wherewith He is
able even to subdue all things unto Himself.
In the light of these promises God has given us in His Word and in as
much as it has pleased the Lord in His sovereign wisdom and purpose to
take from our midst one whom we have loved, we now commit Jenkins’
body to its final resting place to await the fulfillment of another
promise of Scripture. In 1 Thess. 4:13-18, writing to the
Thessalonians church, the Apostle Paul wrote:
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall
asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We
believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will
bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the
Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left
till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have
fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a
loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet
call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we
who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them
in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the
Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words (1 Thes.
In infinite wisdom and love our Heavenly Father has received unto
Himself the innocent spirit of this little child, Jenkins. We
therefore tenderly commit the remains of his body to its resting place
in the sure and certain hope of a glorious resurrection unto eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In that it has pleased our heavenly Father, who loaned little Jenkins
to us for this short time, to take him back to Himself, we commit
Jenkins’ ashes to this wall of remembrance. Looking for that blessed
hope when the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the
dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord
in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort
one another with these words.
For as much as it has pleased Almighty God to remove from the world
the soul of Jenkins, we lay the remains of his body here to rest
awhile, then shall the dust return to dust as it was, but the spirit
returns to God who gave it.
Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life; even in death, anyone
who believes in me, will live.'
John 11:25
'Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always, trust also in
me. There are many dwelling places in my Father's house; if it were
not so, I should have told you; for I am going there on purpose to
prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I
shall come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am, you
may be also.'
John 14:1-3
Saint Paul said, `I am convinced that there is nothing in death or
life, in the realm of spirits or superhuman powers, in the world as it
is or the world as it shall be, in the forces of the universe, in the
heights or depths - nothing in all creation that can separate us from
the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.'
Romans 8:38,39
God our Father we thank you for Jenkins, the years we shared with him,
the good we saw in him, the love we received from him. We thank you
that he is in your care and trust in your promise of eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
With faith and hope let us all pray together,
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your
will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
We thank you, loving Creator, that we have been able to entrust
Jenkins into your keeping. Through Christ's victory we have hope in
life eternal. So now, we commit the ashes of his mortal body to their
final resting place.
Father, accept our praise and thanksgiving for the life of faithful
Jenkins who has served you on earth and is now at rest. Grant that we
too may dedicate ourselves to your service, following his good example
and share with him your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our
Merciful Father, to all who mourn, grant faith and courage to meet the
days to come with steadfastness and patience, not sorrowing as those
without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your goodness in the past
and in the sure expectation of sharing in the resurrection of Jesus
Christ our Lord.
The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and
minds in Christ Jesus; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you now and for ever.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
These beautiful surroundings are a lovely place for Jenkins to rest
in. In placing the ashes of Jenkins on this very special ground, we
think again of all that our dear Jenkins has  meant and means to us.
We dedicate this wall of remembrance, on these church grounds, to
every beautiful and precious memory.
We hereby cast these earthly remains, now purified by fire, now and
forever to God into eternity.
Thank you all again being a part of this final tribute to a very
special person, Jenkins, thank you.
We have come here today to lay to rest the ashes that are all that now
remains of the body of Jenkins, as all that is left is this handful of
ash and earthiness we must now commit to God. These ashes are merely
what remains of the body of Jenkins. I ASK THOSE PRESENT TO PRAY
In Jenkins is the Spirit of God and that which was Spirit returns to
God who gave it. "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." (Rom.
8:38.39) So let us all join at this moment of leave taking in speaking
aloud together, as a blessing and farewell for Jenkins, a Prayer for
Protection. Jenkins, The Light of God Surrounds You, The Lave of God
Enfolds You, The Power of God Protects You, The Presence of God
Watches Over You, Where Ever You Are, God Is.
Dear Lord, I cannot see-- But this I know, although the road ascends
And passes from my sight, That there will be no night; That You will
take him gently by the hand And lead him on Along the road of life
that never ends, And he will find it is not death but dawn. I do not
doubt that You are there as here, And You will hold him dear.
Jenkins’ life did not begin with birth, It is not of the earth; And
this that we call death, it is no more Than the opening and closing of
a door-- And in Your house how many rooms must be Beyond this one
where Jenkins rest momentary. Dear Lord, I thank You for the faith
that frees, The love that knows it cannot lose its own; The love that,
looking through the shadows, sees That Jenkins is with you, dear Lord.
At the rising of the sun and at its going down. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends. . .
We will remember Jenkins, for he is now a part of us, as we remember him.
When we are weary and in need of strength. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
When we are lost and sick at heart. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
When we have joy and wish to share it. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
When we have achievements. . .
We will remember Jenkins.
For as long as we live, Jenkins too will live. . .
For he is now a part of us as we remember him.
Eternal God, you have shared with us the life of Jenkins. Before he
was ours, he was yours. For all that Jenkins has given us to make us
what we are, for that of him which lives and grows in each of us, and
for his life that in your love will never end, we give you thanks.
As now we offer Jenkins back into your arms, comfort us in our
loneliness, strengthen us in our weakness, and give us courage to face
the future unafraid. Draw those of us who remain in this life closer
to one another, make us faithful to serve one another, and give us to
know that peace and joy which is eternal life; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
In placing the ashes of Jenkins in this wall of remembrance, we think
again of all that our dear son, brother, sister, grandsom, companion
and friend meant and means to us. We dedicate this wall of
remembrance, to every beautiful and precious memory . We lay these
ashes in that gentle earth, which has been the chief support of
humankind, since first they walked beneath the sun. To all human
beings, to all living forms, the soil has ever provided the sustenance
that is the staff of life. To that good earth we now commit the ashes
of our friend and relative, Jenkins.
Now the work is left to us, the living, to carry forth the beauty and
joy of that life which has been taken from us. Where we weep, Jenkins
would have us laugh. Where we mourn, Jenkins would have us rejoice.
But we know that he will forgive us our grief, for to grieve is to
love, to love is to cherish, and to cherish is to give praise and
thanksgiving for the life which has blessed us all.
To that life we pray courage and strength, that our frailty be
forgiven, our sorrows redeemed, the wounds of our loss healed, in the
sure knowledge that life moves forward and does not tarry with
yesterday, and that the life before us beckons to greater glory as the
only memorial that is fitting and just. Let us depart in peace and
look to the morning, assured that tomorrow the sun will rise again.
God gives and God takes away: Blessed be God, above all, forever.
May the truth that makes us free, the hope that never dies and the
love that casts out fear lead us forward together until we may be
reunited in Heaven. Amen.
•       My heart will go on – Celine Dion
•       Amazing Grace

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection into eternal life,
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
we commend to almighty God our brother, son, grandson and friend, Jenkins
and we commit his ashes to this wall of remembrance,
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord,
They rest from their labors,
and their works follow them.
Don’t grieve for Jenkins, for now he is free.
He’s following the path God has laid, you see.
Jenkins took His hand when he heard Him call,
he turned his back and left it all.
Jenkins could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to smile, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
Jenkins found that peace at the close of day.
If Jenkins’ parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things Jenkins too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
Jenkins wishes you the sunshine of tomorrow.
Jenkins’ life, though short, was full, he savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps Jenkins’ time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted Jenkins now; He set him free.
 Oh, please don't feel guilty
It was just Jenkins’ time to go.
Jenkins sees you are still feeling sad,
And the tears just seem to flow.
We all come to earth for our lifetime,
And for some it's not many years.
Jenkins does not want you to keep crying.
You are shedding so many tears.
Jenkins hasn't really left you
Even though it may seem so.
Jenkins has just gone to his heavenly home,
And he’s closer to you than you know.
Just believe that when you say
Jenkins’ name, he’s standing next to you,
Jenkins knows you long to see him,
But there's nothing he can do.
But Jenkins'll still send you prayers
And hope you understand,
That when your time comes to
“cross over,”  Jenkins'll be there
to take your hand.

Four Candles
The first candle represents our grief.
The pain of losing you is intense.
It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.
This second candle represents our courage.
To confront our sorrow,
To comfort each other,
To change our lives.
This third candle we light in your memory.
For the times we laughed,
The times we cried,
The caring and joy you gave us.
This fourth candle we light for our love.
We light this candle that your light will always shine.
As we share this night of remembrance
with our family and friends.
We cherish the special place in our hearts
that will always be reserved for you.
We thank you for the gift
your living brought to each of us.
We love you.
We will remember you in this wall of remembrance, Jenkins.

When Jenkins came to the end of the road
And the sun has set for him,
he wanted no rites in a gloom filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss Jenkins a little, but not for long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that once we shared
Miss Jenkins, but let him go.
For this is a journey we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all part of the master plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Think of the Jenkins we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do
Miss Jenkins, but let me go.
Since Jenkins is dead, my dearest
Sing no sad songs for him
Plant thou no roses at his head
Nor shady cypress tree
Be this brick wall around him
With showers and dewdrops wet
And if thou wilt remember
And if thou wilt, forget.
Jenkins shall not see the shadows,
Jenkins shall not fear the rain;
Jenkins shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on as if in pain;
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply we may remember,
And haply may we not Jenkins forget.

God looked around this wall of remembrance
And found some empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw Jenkins’ tired face.
He put his arms around Jenkins
And lifted him to rest.
God’s Heaven must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that Jenkins was suffering
He knew Jenkins was in pain.
He knew that Jenkins would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the steps were hard to walk.
So he closed Jenkins’ weary eyelids
And whispered, ‘Peace be thine’.
It broke our hearts to lose Jenkins
But Jenkins didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with Jenkins
The day God called him home.

The memory of Jenkins will always with us.
Since he is gone, release him, let me go.
he has so many things to see and do, in Heaven, don’t you know?
You mustn't tire yourself with too many tears,
But be thankful Jenkins had these good few years.
Jenkins gave you his love, and you can only guess
How much you've given Jenkins in happiness.
Jenkins thanks you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time Jenkins traveled on alone.
So grieve for Jenkins a while, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
That it is only for a while that you must part,
So treasure the memories within your heart.
Jenkins won't be far away for life goes on.
And if you need Jenkins, call and he will come.
Though you can't see or touch Jenkins, he will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear
All Jenkins’ love around you soft and clear
And then, when you come this way alone,
he'll greet you with a smile and a "Welcome Home".

Do not stand by Jenkins’ ashes and weep,
he is not there, he did not sleep.
he is a thousand winds that blow,
he is the diamond glints on snow.
he is the sunlight on ripened grain.
he is the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
Jenkins is the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
Jenkins is the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand by Jenkins’ ashes and cry;
His soul is set free from his suffering body, he did not die.
Our memories build a special bridge when Jenkins had to part
to help us feel we're with him still and soothe a grieving heart.
Our memories span the years we shared, preserving ties that bind,
They build a special bridge of love and bring us peace of mind.

The Jenkins we love is never really lost to us - we feel him in so
many special ways-
through those he cared about and dreams beyond eyes of the bluest blue
he left behind, in beauty that he added to our days... in  a special
smile we still carry with us and memories that never will be gone...
The Jenkins we love is never really lost to us - For everywhere his
special love lives on.

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay...
Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For Jenkins the journey was quicker,
For some the journey's slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We'll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.

Jenkins has fallen from the family tree.
in a voice that says, "Grieve not for me.”
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The life Jenkins lived although he wasn’t strong.
Continue Jenkins’ heritage, he’s counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
Jenkins’ mind is at ease, his soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how Jenkins truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, Jenkins doesn’t have to worry about falls
Jenkins misses you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes that you & Jenkins are together again.

Don't weep by Jenkins’ remains,
For he is not there,
he has a date with an angel
To dance in the air.
He'll be singing in the sunshine,
Peaceful and free,
Playing tag with the wind,
While he’s waiting for thee,
up & away in Heaven, you see.

We little knew that night God was going to call Jenkins’ name,
In life we loved Jenkins dearly, in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose Jenkins, he did not go alone,
for part of us went with Jenkins, the day God called him home.
Jenkins left us beautiful memories, his love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see Jenkins, he’s always at our side.
Jenkins’ family chain is broken and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Jenkins has a place in heaven
Please don't sing sad songs for him,
Forget your grief and fears,
For Jenkins is in a perfect place
Away from pain and tears.
It's far away from struggling
And hurt and though you think he died,
he has a place in Heaven
With Jesus at his side.
His life on earth was as good,
As earthly life can go,
But Heaven is so much more
Than anyone can know.
Jenkins’ heart is filled for all who sees
With faith and much love, too.
To walk with God is perfect peace,
A boy forever new.

God saw Jenkins getting tired, a cure was not to be.
He wrapped Jenkins in his loving arms and whispered ‘Come with me.’
Jenkins suffered much in silence, his spirit did not bend.
Jenkins faced his pain with courage, until the very end.
Jenkins tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain,
God took him to His loving home and freed him from the pain.

You will not see Jenkins, so you must have faith. Jenkins waits for
the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest and when you need Jenkins,
just whisper his name in your heart, he will be there.

Friend, please don't mourn for Jenkins
he’s still here, though you don't see.
he’s right by your side each night and day
And within your heart he longs to stay.

His body is gone but he’s always near.
He’s everything you feel, see or hear.
His spirit is free, but he'll never depart
As long as you keep Jenkins alive in your heart.

Jenkins'll never wander out of your sight-
Jenkins is the brightest star on a summer night.
Jenkins'll never be beyond your reach-
He's the warm moist sand when you're at the beach.

He’s the colourful leaves when Autumn's around
And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
He’s the beautiful flowers of which you're so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

He’s the first bright blossom you'll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
He’s the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
And you'll see that the face in the moon is his, don’t pine.

When you start thinking there's no one to love you,
You can talk to Jenkins through the Lord above you.
He'll whisper his answer through the leaves on the trees,
And you'll feel his presence in the soft summer breeze.

He’s the hot salty tears that flow when you weep
And the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
He’s the smile you see on in remembrance on his face.
Just look for Jenkins, friend, he’s in a Heavenly place!

Some things Jenkins'd like to say,
but first of all to let you know
that he arrived okay.
He’s writing this from Heaven
where he dwells with God above
where there's no more tears
or sadness there
is just eternal love
Please do not be unhappy
just because Jenkins’ out of sight
remember that he’s with you
every morning, noon and night
That day Jenkins had to leave you
when his life on Earth was through
God picked him up and hugged him
and He said Jenkins, I welcome you
It's good to have you back again
you were missed while you were gone
as for your dearest family
they'll be here later on
I need you here so badly
as part of My big plan
there's so much that we have to do
to help our mortal man.”
Then God gave Jenkins a list of things
He wished for him to do
and foremost on that list of mine
is to watch and care for you
And Jenkins will be beside you
every day and week and year
and when you're sad
Jenkins is standing there
to wipe away the tear
And when you lie in bed at night
the days chores put to flight
God and Jenkins are closest to you
in the middle of the night
When you think of Jenkins’ life on Earth
and all those loving years
because you're only human
they are bound to bring you tears
But do not be afraid to cry
it does relieve the pain
remember there would be no flowers
unless there was some rain
Jenkins wishes that he could tell you
of all that God has planned
but if he were to tell you
you wouldn't understand
But one thing is for certain
though Jenkins’ life on Earth is o're
he is closer to you now
than he ever was before
And to his family & friends
trust God knows what is best
He’s still not far away from you
He’s just beyond the crest
There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb
but together we can do it
taking one day at a time
If you can help somebody
who is in sorrow or in pain
then you can say to God at night
my day was not in vain
And now Jenkins is contented
that his life it was worthwhile
knowing as he passed along the way
he made somebody smile
So if you meet somebody
who is down and feeling low
just lend a hand to pick him up
as on your way you go
When you are walking
down the street
and you've got Jenkins on your mind
he’s walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind
And when you feel the gentle breeze
or the wind upon your face
that's Jenkins giving you a great big hug
or just a soft embrace
And when it's time for you to go
from that body to be free
remember you're not going
you are coming to Jenkins in Heaven, see,
And Jenkins will always love you
from that land in Heaven way up above
Will be in touch again soon
P.S. God sends His Love

"I'll lend you for a little time
A child of Mine." God said.
"For you to love the while he lives
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be just a few year
Or ten and two or three
But will you, till I call him back
Take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you
And should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay
Since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want the child to learn.
I've looked this wide world over
In my search for carers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you;
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain
Nor question Me when I come to call
And take him back again?”
And for this borrowed time would say,
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
For the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand."

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven
and bring you home again.
No farewell words were spoken
as you did not say goodbye
you were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.
My heart still aches in sadness
and secret tears still flow,
what it meant to lose you,
no one will ever know.

Jenkins walked on ahead of us
And we’ve got to understand
You must release the ones you love
And let go of their hand.
I try and cope the best I can
But I’m missing Jenkins so much
If I could only see Jenkins
And once more feel your touch.
Yes, Jenkins has walked on ahead of me
requesting don’t worry and don’t pine
But now and then I wish to feel
Jenkins’ hand slip into mine.

There is a special Angel in Heaven
that is part of me.
It is not where I wanted him
but where God wanted Jenkins to be.
Jenkins was here but just a brief moment
like a night time shooting star.
And though Jenkins is in Heaven
he isn't very far.
He touched the heart of many
like only a boy as special as Jenkins can do.
So I send this special message
to the Heaven up above.
Please take care of our darling Jenkins
and send him all our love.

A meeting was held quite far from earth.
"It’s time again for another birth,"
Said the Angels to the Lord above,
"This special child, Jenkins, will need much love.
His progress may seem very slow,
And he’ll require extra care
From the folks he meets way down there.
He may not run or laugh or play
His thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways he won’t adapt,
And he’ll be known as handicapped.
So let’s be careful where he’s sent
We want his life to be content.
Please, Lord, find those loving folks who
Will do a special job for you.
They will not realize right away
The leading role they’re asked to play,
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they’ll know the privilege given
In caring for this gift from Heaven,
Their precious charge, so meek and mild
Is Heaven’s very special child!"

God, I know you gave your precious Son
To give us life with You.
But we didn’t want Jenkins to leave,
Cause he was precious too.
We all are special in your eyes
And all to you return.
We know Jenkins will not come back,
And for this our hearts still yearn.
Our time on earth is for learning,
And when our lessons are through,
Our Lord will choose the time we leave,
And we come back to you.
Our precious Jenkins is with you,
And there will be a day,
That we too will leave this earth,
And you will light our way.
Jenkins’ arms will be wide open,
And the wait will be worthwhile,
When we see again our precious boy,
And the splendor of his smile.

They say memories are golden, well, maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
Here, freed from pain, secure from misery, lies
A child, the darling of who he met’s eyes:
A gentler Lamb ne’er sported on the plain,
A fairer flower will never bloom again;
Now let him sleep in peace.

God Took Jenkins To His Loving Home
God saw him getting tired, a cure was not to be.
He wrapped Jenkins in his loving arms and whispered ‘Come with me.’
Jenkins suffered much in silence, his spirit did not bend.
He faced his pain with courage, until the very end.
He tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain,
God took him to His loving home and freed him from the pain.

Our beloved Jenkins has gone to his rest in the peace of Christ. May
the Lord now welcome him to the table of God’s children in heaven.
With faith and hope in eternal life, let us assist Jenkins with our
prayers. Let us pray to the Lord also for ourselves. May we who mourn
be reunited one day with Jenkins; together may we meet Christ Jesus
when he who is our life appears in glory.
We read in sacred Scripture:

Matthew 25:34

Come, you who are blessed by my Father, says the Lord
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world

 John 6:39

This is the will of the one who sent me, says the Lord
 that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.

Philippians 3:20

Our citizenship is in heaven,
 and from it we also await a savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation  1:5-6

Jesus Christ is the firstborn of the dead;
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
by your own three days in the tomb,
you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you
and so made the grave a sign of hope
that promises resurrection
even as it claims our mortal bodies.
Grant that Jenkins may rest here in peace
until you awaken him to glory,
for you are the resurrection and the life.
Then he will see you face to face
and in your light will see light
and know the splendor of God,
for you live and reign for ever and ever.

O God,
by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest,
bless this wall of remembrance,
and send your holy angel to watch over it.
As we place here the remains of our beloved Jenkins,
deliver his soul from every bond of sin,
that he may rejoice in you with your saints for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

God of endless ages,
through disobedience to your law
we fell from grace
and death entered the world;
but through the obedience and resurrection of your Son
you revealed to us a new life.
You granted Abraham, our father in faith,
a burial place in the promised land;
you prompted Joseph of Arimathea
to offer his own tomb for the burial of the Lord.
In a spirit of repentance
we earnestly ask you
to look upon this wall of remembrance and bless it,
so that, while we commit to this wall of remembrance
the ashes of Jenkins,
his soul may be taken into Heaven
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All praise to you, Lord of all creation.
Praise to you, holy and living God.
We praise and bless you for your mercy,
we praise and bless you for your kindness.
Blessed is the Lord, our God

You sanctify the homes of the living
and make holy the places of the dead.
You alone open the gates of righteousness
and lead us to the dwellings of the saints.
Blessed is the Lord, our God.

We praise you, our refuge and strength.
We bless you, our God and Redeemer.
Your praise is always in our hearts and on our lips.
We remember the mighty deeds of the covenant.
Blessed is the Lord, our God

Almighty and ever-living God,
remember the mercy with which you graced
Jenkins in life.
Receive him, we pray, into the mansions of the saints.
As we make ready Jenkins’ resting place,
look also with favor on those who mourn
and comfort them in their loss.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Almighty and ever-living God,
in you we place our trust and hope,
in you the dead whose bodies were temples of the Spirit
find everlasting peace.
As we take leave of Jenkins,
give our hearts peace in the firm hope
that one day Jenkins will live
in the mansion you have prepared for him in heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Because God has chosen to call Jenkins
from this life to himself,
we commit his remains its resting place,
for we are dust and unto dust we shall return.
But the Lord Jesus Christ will change our mortal bodies
to be like his in glory,
for he is risen, the firstborn from the dead.
So let us commend Jenkins to the Lord,
that the Lord may embrace him in peace
and raise up his body on the last day.

In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
we commend to Almighty God Jenkins
and we commit his body to  its resting place,
earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
The Lord bless him and keep him,
the Lord make his face to shine upon him
and be gracious to him,
the Lord lift up his countenance upon him
and give him peace.

As we prepare to entomb the ashes of Jenkins,
we recall that our bodies bear the imprint of the first creation
when they were fashioned from dust;
but in faith we remember, too,
that by the new creation we also bear the image of Jesus
who was raised to glory.
In confident hope that one day
God will raise us and transform our mortal bodies,
let us pray

Faithful God,
Lord of all creation,
you desire that nothing redeemed by your Son
will ever be lost,
and that the just will be raised up on the last day.
Comfort us today with the word of your promise
as we return the ashes of Jenkins to be put to rest.
Grant Jenkins a place of rest and peace
where the world of dust and ashes has no dominion.
Confirm us in our hope that he will be created anew
on the day when you will raise him up in glory
to live with you and all the saints
in Heaven for ever and ever.

For Jenkins, let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, who said, ‘I am the
resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me shall live even in
death and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.’

Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us
who mourn for Jenkins, and dry the tears of those who weep.
We pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.

You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow.
We pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.

You raised the dead to life; give to Jenkins eternal life.
We pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.

Comfort us in our sorrow at the death of Jenkins; let our faith be our
consolation, and eternal life our hope.
We pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.

Dear friends, in reverence let us pray to God, the source of all mercies.

Assisting minister:

Gracious Lord,
Remember the good boy Jenkins was.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Welcome him into eternal life.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Let us pray for those who mourn. Comfort them in their grief.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Lighten their sense of loss with your presence.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Increase their faith and strengthen their hope.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Kindle in our hearts a longing for heaven.
Lord, in your mercy:
Hear our prayer.

Dear friends, our Lord comes to raise the dead and comforts us with
the solace of his love. Let us praise the Lord Jesus Christ.

Word of God, Creator, you called Jenkins to eternal life to praise
your Father for ever: Lord, have mercy.

Son of God, you raise up the just and clothe them with the glory of
your kingdom:
Lord, have mercy.

Crucified Lord, you protect the soul of Jenkins by the power of your
cross, and on the day of your coming you will show mercy to all the
faithful departed: Lord, have mercy.

With longing for the coming of God’s kingdom, let us offer our prayer
to the Father:

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 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.
God of holiness and power,
accept our prayers on behalf of  Jenkins;
please be merciful on Jenkins’ soul,
for in his heart he desired to do your will.
As his faith & innocence united him to your people on earth,
so may your mercy join him to the angels in heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Almighty God,
through the death of your Son on the cross
you destroyed our death;
through his rest in the tomb
you hallowed the graves of all who believe in you;
and through his rising again
you restored us to eternal life.
God of the living and the dead,
accept our prayers
for those who have died in Christ
and are buried with him in the hope of rising again.
Since they were true to your name on earth,
let them praise you for ever in the joy of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Listen, O God, to the prayers of your Church
on behalf of the faithful departed,
and grant to Jenkins eternal life in Heaven,
the inheritance promised to all your saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Loving God, from whom all life proceeds
and by whose hand the dead are raised again,
though we are sinners, you wish always to hear us.
Accept the prayers we offer in sadness for Jenkins,
deliver his soul from death,
number him among your saints
and clothe him with the robe of salvation
to enjoy for ever the delights of your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Eternal rest grant unto Jenkins, O Lord.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

May the peace of God, which is beyond all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God
and of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ
bless and console us
and gently wipe every tear from our eyes:
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Go in the peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

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