Worship audio from Bob Ohland's memorial service.
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Service Theme: Clothed in Christ's Righteousness
The Christian Memorial for Robert Ronald Ohland
May 4, 2018
FAMILY PROCESSIONAL: Psalm 23
A psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The Christian MEMORIAL SERVICE of ROBERT OHLAND
Pastor: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today we gather as the family and friends of our dear relative and friend Robert Ohland. We have gathered to be comforted by the words and promises of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born as a baby at Christmas. He lived the perfect life which we could not; yet God placed our sin upon him, and Jesus was crucified for our sin. But death was not the end, because Jesus broke the power of death by rising from the grave on Easter Sunday.
Our worship service today will focus on the forgiveness which Jesus won for Bob, for you, and for me. We will talk about Christ’s promise of resurrection, and the promise of eternal life in heaven. These facts form the foundation of our faith, and these facts are our source of comfort today and always.
As we join to grieve with the grieving, let us also find comfort and joy in the words and promises of Jesus: that Bob was a forgiven child of God through Christ’s death and resurrection; that through Jesus, Bob now enjoys eternity with God; and that because of Christ’s resurrection, death will one day loosen its grip on Bob. He will be raised from the dead, and he and all believers will live forever with God in heaven – body and soul.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
(1 Corinthians 15:56-57)
HYMN: 201 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
READING OF THE OBITUARY
GREETING AND PRAYER
Order of Service from CW p. 144
We have come together to seek God’s comfort in our sorrow and to rejoice in the promise of the resurrection. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, you wept at the grave of your friend Lazarus, and you consoled Mary and Martha in their distress. Draw near to us who mourn for Robert Ohland, and dry the tears of all who weep. Calm our troubled hearts, dispel our doubts and fears, and lead us to praise you for having brought him to faith – as well as for keeping him in that Christian faith until death. In your rising from the dead, you conquered death and opened the gates to eternal life. Strengthen us with your Word, and lead us through this earthly life until at last we are united with you and all the saints in glory everlasting. Amen.
Pastor: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. The apostle Paul writes to the Romans: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus gives us this comfort: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
Pastor: Death has been swallowed up in victory! Thanks be to God!
Congregation: He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
P: When Christ, who is our life, appears,
C: Then we also will appear with him in glory.
P: We will be before the throne of God,
C: And serve him day and night in his temple.
P: Never again will we hunger;
C: Never again will we thirst.
P: For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be our shepherd; he will lead us to springs of living water.
C: And God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
P: Let us pray: God of all grace, you sent your Son Jesus to destroy the power of death and to open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Make us certain that because he lives, we too shall live. Comfort us with your promise that neither death nor life nor things present nor things to come shall be able to separate us from your love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Word OF GOD
First Lesson: Psalm 121
The believer is confident in God’s presence & goodness:
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot stumble. He who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Yes, he who watches over Israel will not slumber. He will not sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will watch to keep you from all harm. He will watch over your life.
8 The Lord will watch over your going and your coming from now to eternity.
Second Lesson: Revelation 7:9-17
The great multitude: Clothed in white, holding palm branches of victory, before the throne of God:
9 After these things I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing in front of the throne and of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. 10 They called out with a loud voice and said:
Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb.11 All the angels stood around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures. They fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, 12 saying:
Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and might belong to our God forever and ever. Amen.
13 One of the elders spoke to me and said, “These people dressed in white robes, who are they and where did they come from?” And I answered him, “Sir, you know.” 14 And he said to me: These are the ones who are coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Because of this they are in front of the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 They will never be hungry or thirsty ever again. The sun will never beat upon them, nor will any scorching heat, 17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
gospel Lesson: John 3:16-18
Jesus promises forgiveness & eternal life:
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 The one who believes in him is not condemned, but the one who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
HYMN: 549 – Around the Throne, A Glorious Band
Sermon: Dressed & Ready to See the Lord
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
P: Please rise for prayer:
Almighty God, we praise you for the great company of saints who have finished their lives in faith and now rest from their labors. We remember especially our loved one, Robert Ohland, whom you have redeemed by the blood of your Son and whom you received as your dear child through Holy Baptism. We thank you for giving him to us as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your compassion, comfort all who are sad in this hour. Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: We praise you for your love in Christ, which sustains us in life and death. In our earthly sorrows, help us find strength in the fellowship of the church, joy in the forgiveness of sins, and hope in the resurrection to eternal life. Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: You do not leave us comfortless but strengthen and care for us through your Word and sacrament. You give us family, friends, and neighbors to help when there is loneliness now and in the days to come. Brighten our future with a firm trust in your promises and care. Lord, in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: We bring these requests to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord, and we ask you to hear us – as we join in singing the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, as printed on the next page:
P: Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and ♱ give you peace.
C: Amen, Amen, Amen!
HYMN: 379 – Amazing Grace
Inurnment will take place at a later date at the South Branch cemetery.
Everyone is invited downstairs for a brief luncheon.
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