Thanksgiving Service for Meg Stanton – 17th December 2012

Meg Stanton Thanksgiving Service
The front of the Order of Service for Meg’s Thanksgiving Service

We had a good turnout for the funeral service of Meg Stanton, who had passed away a few weeks ago.

The service was taken by Ken Hill who welcomed various friends and acquaintances of Meg along.

The first hymn was O Lord my God, which was followed by the opening prayer, led by Paul Cogger.

Phil Bray read a tribute to Meg, which included reference to her many years spent working with horses.

Brian Sparks read the following from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:

‘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.’

Ken gave a short address, using the words read by Brian to bring out Meg’s faith in her Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The service ended with the final hymn The King of love my Shepherd is, and prayer.

A short committal service at Braywick Cemetery followed the Thanksgiving Service.

We will miss Meg’s cheerful smile and presence with us, but are all so thankful that she is now free from her discomfort and at peace with her Saviour.

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