05/24/2009 Fruitful Waiting Knox 16 PC
290/814/744 Psalm 5 Hebrews 5:7-10 Mark 1:35-39
Brothers and sisters in Christ: From ancient time it has been the custom of the people of God to set apart with all honour and dignity, places of internment for the bodies of their beloved dead. Our blessed Lord by His own burial held the grave as a resting place for His people. We are assembled in His name that, by reading of the Word of God and solemn prayer, we may rededicate this ground and the beautification of it to the glory and the honour of our Lord.
John 11: 25-26
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, I dedicate the beautification of this ground to be continued in the use for which it was dedicated. Let us pray.
Merciful Father, who is the God, not of the dead, but of the living, look down upon this place which we seek to beautify for your glory and continue to set it apart for the sacred purpose for which it is appointed.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who did break the bonds of death and rise triumphant from the grave; sanctify this resting place of those who fall asleep in You; that, like your own holy grave, it may be but the gate of life eternal, the entrance to the glory that excels all others.
O Holy Spirit, the Comforter, pour the oil of Your consoling grace into all hearts that sorrow here, that they may be lifted above their darkness and distress into the light and peace of Your eternal presence. Amen.