In Witness to the Resurrection ...
The resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian faith and shapes Christians’ attitudes and responses to the event of death. Death brings loss, sorrow, and grief to all. In the face of death, Christians affirm with tears and joy the hope of the gospel. Christians do not bear bereavement in isolation but are sustained by the power of the Spirit and the community of faith. The church offers a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve. W-4.10001
When death comes, the church in its pastoral care immediately offers the ministry of presence, of shared loss and pain, of faith and hope in the power of the resurrection, and of ordinary acts of care and love. The church continues special pastoral care during the time of grieving and adjusting. W-6.3006
At Bethany Presbyterian Church, we see all of our funerals, memorial services, or remembrance services as services of Witness to the Resurrection. This is a beautiful service that balances the mourning with the witness to the promised life in Christ.