International Memorial Service

International Memorial Service

i’m to thee oh lord do we give thanks oh oh hell shalom and good morning to my brothers and sisters in the house of israel in the church of god and saints of christ temple bethel it’s certainly an honor and a privilege to come before you on this auspicious occasion we’re giving thanks to the god of our salvation for all of his many blessings that he has bestowed upon us on our families and on the communities in which we live we ask the lord to be with us in this service and in this service of celebration for our loved ones who have passed away in the house of israel over the past eight months the soldiers in the in the earthly armies who die on the battlefield are many times given military honors to celebrate their service and certainly these soldiers in the army of the lord deserve to be honored and celebrated in a spiritual god-centered tribute and that’s what we are about today we thank the lord for the the gift of these lives the gift of the memories of these our loved ones who have fallen asleep and passed on and god gives gifts like this these these gifts keep on giving because the memories of our loved ones linger with us precious memories oh how how they how they linger how they get us through the tough times song says in the midnight in the midnight hours those precious memories give us comfort and our tradition in the house of israel is to give our loved ones a a celebratory homegoing our tradition is that we gather in the sanctuary and the local pastor or the presiding minister will lead the procession of the family in and will begin the procession with a reading of with the reading of job chapter 14 verses 11 through 14. as the waters fail from the seed it starts and somewhere in that scripture it says if a man die shall he live again that haunting question is asked right at the beginning so let us begin our celebration of course we won’t have the pomp and circumstance the celebratory accouterments that we normally have and of course our purpose here today is to try to make up to the best of our ability for the fact that we were not able to have our usual celebratory homegoing service so we do the best we can we’ll begin as we normally do with the with the procession of the families into the sanctuary with the scripture job chapter 14 verses 11 through 14 to be read by elder timothy hurt elder as the waters fell from the sea and the flood decays and dries up so man lies down i is not for the heavens be no more it shall not awake lord be raised out of their sleep oh that thou art [Music] that thou will keep me secret until thy wrath be passed that thou will appoint me appointed time and remember me if a man die shall he live again all the days of my appointed time will i wait till my change comes [Applause] rise [Applause] [Music] [Applause] r [Music] is [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] is oh [Applause] [Music] is [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] god [Music] [Applause] [Music] we’ll have our first scripture reading psalms the 39th chapter by sister elder tracy mcneal of alexandria virginia i said i will take heed to my ways that i sin not with my tongue i will keep my mouth with a bridal while the wicked is before me i was done with silence i held my peace even from good and my sorrow was stirred my heart was hot within me while i was musing the fire burned then spake eye with my tongue lord make me to know mine end amen and the measure of my days what it is that i may know how frail i am behold thou has made my days as in hand breath and my excuse me my days as a hand breath and my a and my age is as nothing before me barely every man and his best state is all together vanity sila surely every man walketh in a vein shoe surely they are disquieted in vain he heapeth the britches and knoweth not who shall gather them and now lord what wait i for my hope is in thee deliver me from all my transgressions make me not the repute the reproach of the foolish i was dumb i opened not my mouth because thou didst it remove thy stroke away from me i am consumed by the blow of thine hand when thou with rebukes thus correct man for iniquity thou makes his beauty to consume away like a moth surely every man is vanity sila hear my prayer o lord and give ear unto my cry hold not thy peace at my tears for i am a stranger with thee and a sojourner as all my fathers were oh spare me that i may recover strength before i go heads and be no more the word of god oh [Applause] [Applause] is [Music] [Applause] [Applause] oh my [Applause] oh [Applause] [Music] [Applause] oh [Music] [Applause] [Music] is [Music] [Music] know [Music] [Music] is [Music] wow [Music] [Applause] [Music] oh [Music] [Music] oh [Music] [Music] is [Music] [Music] um [Music] [Music] we will have invocation by elder timothy harris of richmond virginia ella harris sovereign lord of the universe omnipotent creator of the ends of the earth it is written in your holy word that you are able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or even think you are able to keep us from falling despite any obstacle in our paths you are able to present us faultless before the presence of your glory despite our shortcomings omnipotent lord god thou who inhabiteth eternity we humbly approach your divine throne and call upon your holy and sacred name in this our time of sorrow because you are able we again are forced to drink from the bitter chalice of mourning which is made yet more bitter during this global pandemic we are unable to gather together physically lord in your name to offer our collective consolations but lord you are able we are unable to physically wrap our arms of love and compassion around the bereaved families lord but you are able we are unable to envelope the bereaved families with the sweet songs of zion as it was in former times lord but you are able acknowledging our humanly limitations lord we beseech you because of your limitless power your love and your consolation are not contingent on any physical condition your covenant is not made null and void due to the perils of the world you keep covenant to a thousand generations and even keep covenant with those who sleep in the dust there is no temple there is no tabernacle no funeral home chapel that can contain your omni presence so we ask lord that your presence and your consolation be made manifest to the bereaved families wherever they may be infuse this virtual memorial service with the measure of your divine spirit allow the songs that are sung the words that are spoken to penetrate the dark clouds of sorrow lord be with the bereaved in the days the weeks and the months to come allow them to to know that you are with them through their hurt through their pain through their loneliness wither so ever they go father god we give praise and we give you thanks even in the midst of our mourning we thank you for the lives of these stalwart saints who faithfully discharge their duties of loving you god with their whole mind soul and strength and loving their neighbor as themselves we thank you for the lives of these grandparents these parents these children our siblings and friends who have transitioned from labor to reward we thank you for the souls you allow to be among our ranks those who are called to be saints preachers of righteousness whose testimony was i have not refrained my lips o lord thou knowest singers of mercy and judgment deacons who held the mystery of the faith in pure conscience daughters of jerusalem who live their lives as sisters of mercy allow those of us who are left on these mundane chores to memorialize their service to your work by upholding the banner that they held and waived so courageously allow the work that they have bequeathed to us to be secure in our keeping that we may reaffirm that thou art god by the power of thy might these and all prayers and blessings we ask in thy name and for thy sake praying confidently knowing that thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever amen [Music] [Applause] shall i call the brits [Applause] [Music] is [Music] [Applause] yes [Applause] [Laughter] is [Music] [Music] is [Applause] [Applause] and there shall be [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] shall away [Music] [Applause] [Music] back up is [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] oh [Music] was oh oh [Music] yes [Music] oh [Music] [Applause] is [Music] all the earth shall wake they shall arrive [Music] [Music] amen the prophet of god william sanders crowdy uh brought us together in one family and as one family we are together celebrating honoring those who have passed on over the past few months i know it’s not adequate this virtual service to do justice to the celebration that we would have but i’m hoping that the families all of us are enjoying and engaging in the beautiful prayer that we heard from elder timothy harris and these sweet songs of zion and i asked you to think on your loved ones as we go through this virtual service this virtual service is the best we can do but our hearts and our minds are in the right place and the lord lifts up the spirit of the occasion and comforts and guides us and now we move to the second scripture of the day namely psalms chapter 90 which be read by elder samuel eves the first of jacksonville florida elder eaves our scripture is psalms 19. lord thou has been our dwelling place in all generations before the mountains were brought forth however thou hast formed the earth and the world even from everlasting to everlasting thou art god now turneth man to destruction and say it return ye children of men for a thousand years in thy sight i put it yesterday when it is passed and as a watch in the night thou cast them away as with a flood they are as asleep in the morning they are like grass which growth up in the morning it flourishes and growth up in the evening it is cut down and withereth for we are consumed by thy anger and by thy wrath are we troubled thou has set our iniquities before thee our secret sins in the light of thy countenance for all our days are passed away in thy wrath we spend our years as a tale that is told the days of our years are three school years and ten and if by reason of strength they be four score years yet is their strength labor and sorrow for it is soon cut off and we fly away who knows the power of that anger even according to thy fears so is that wrath so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom return o lord how long and let it repent be concerning thy servants o satisfy us early with thy mercy that we may rejoice and be glad all our days make us glad according to that the days where we endow has afflicted us and the years wherein we have seen evil thy work appear unto thy servants and thy glory unto their children and let the beauty of the lord our god be upon us and establish the other work of our hands upon us yea the work of our hands established our head so in it the reading of the scripture brethren [Applause] is [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] oh [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] is [Applause] [Applause] oh [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] when the lord shall come in his glory we shall not fall we shall [Music] oh [Applause] arise and holy [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] tell [Applause] all right [Music] [Applause] [Music] shall come in his glory [Applause] oh [Music] when the lord shall come in his glory we shall not fall [Applause] is amen we are about a good work we are honoring and celebrating the lives of 40 of our saints who have passed on during these past few months at this point in our formal service we would now have condolences read of course it’s difficult to to read 40 full condolences but we still want to pay tribute to these individuals these are loved ones and so we’re going to have short condolences read by brother emil hurt emir hurt and saint erica miller and we we ask you to bear with us um we know it’s it’s difficult to to give the full measure for each individual but we’re doing the best we can in our hearts and our spirits are in the right place so let us have our brief condolences at this time to the family of elder paul e armstrong words can never express how deeply saddened we are to hear of the passing of the beloved elder paul he was a beautiful soul who was arrested on the outside through his dedication to the church of god christ as well as fell on it needs of god love and kindness that he shared with every human being elder paul armstrong possessed a yearning for wisdom as he knew that all things came from his heavenly father in a powerful reverence for almighty god which he demonstrated through his energetic exuberant dynamic and experiences praise to the almighty god we will all truly miss god one who always put god first and all that he did who gave thanks for all that in terms of troubles just keep remembering because everything simply said she was a dedicated and very hard worker within seven seven and a half armor bearer for grandfather my dearest family may be difficult god give comfort where there is sorrow strength where there is pain and love where there is darkness to lighten your way as it states in the book of psalms 50 15 call upon me in the day of trouble and i will deliver thee in your time of pain hold on by knowing that we love you and our prayer is that god bless and keep you and comfort you as we deal with the void that was left by his transition with deepest sympathy from your family elder isaiah lumpkins the officers and members of seven tabernacle bethel cincinnati ohio in loving memory of saint nana marie bay i have fought a good fight i have finished my course i have kept the faith how can one generate words to say goodbye to a loved one no one truly has an answer however we can take the comfort in knowing that god has saint nana in the hollow of his hand although she has left this earthly scene her spirit is still alive and well one may wonder why god called saint nina home but we may be reminded job when he stated the lord giveth and the lord taketh away the cloak of death is a painful experiment experienced which brings on many emotions and thoughts however she has transformed from labor to reward and has finished her course i pray that god will give you the strength to carry on in the days weeks months and years to come finally the veil of sorrow felt today may seem overwhelming however we must be confident in knowing that there is nothing that god in time cannot heal her sweet spirit will be missed and the tears that float today will eventually transform to joy and gladness however we hear the name of saint nian of maribel may the god of our salvation continue to keep us all in the hollow of his hand unbelief submitted elder timothy hurt local pastor elder philip henry iii elder benjamin farrar associate ministers officers and members of first tabernacle bethel wilmington to the family and friends of saint shamina chimera saint chamina kamara always entered through the doors of night tabernacle beth l worshipping and praising the god of israel she embraced this way of life with a fervor and faith that rivaled the holy men and women of the bargain she immediately adopted the family of nine tabernacle bethel as her own we wrapped our arms of love around this energetic and vibrant soul she availed herself of the wisdom and knowledge dispensed at every sabbath school session and often suggested valuable nuggets of insight and understanding for the edification of the scholars she willingly offered of her gifts and talents working in tandem with the various departments and committees of the tabernacle she enthusiastically her voice with the singer and levites whenever invited to the choir by the local pastor she dear family and friends will be remembered for the example she set before us loving the god of her salvation with her whole heart soul mind and strength she truly loved her neighbor as she loved herself she certainly exemplified the words found in ecclesiastics 9 10. whatsoever thy hand fine to do do it with thy might it is our fervent prayer that the god of abraham the god of isaac and the god of jacob will comfort those that weep and mourn and know of a surety we are here with our our arms wide open to support you during this time of sorrow sorrowfully and lovingly submitted evangelist joseph r turner local pastor associate ministers and members ninth tabernacle bethel brooklyn new york to the bereaved family of the late deacon terry antonio carr our hearts are heavy at the passing of this stalwart soldier and a true armor bearer for grandfather abraham deacon terry was always found in the tabernacle with a watchful eye and a warm greeting to everyone that came to worship deacon terry was there when the doors were open and stayed late to make sure that they were secure he loved god the man of god and the work of god this love was demonstrated as he served as chairman on the board of trustees for years as doorkeeper and saint of the most high deacon terry loved life and was always willing to lend someone and helping him he worked hard with the trustees and all the local pastors that were assigned beacon terry always had an encouraging word and always participated in the service he would go out of his way to make sure saints had a ride to service and back home when it came to sabbath school he will often interject stories full of wisdom and instructions that would help those listening with the daily struggles of life deacon terry loved and served every leader he served under and would often have a personal story about each of them that he would share at a moment’s notice deacon terry kept a watchful eye on his family often telling me stories about them he beamed with pride as he would talk about carter and all of his adventures family our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time during this difficult time may the loving memories you have created bring you peace comfort and strength today and always elder anthony b benson local pastor elder warren a williams assistant local pastor officers and members of seven tabernacle beth l salisbury maryland to the family of the late saint julius carter god has called another of his beloved servants home to rest we your spiritual family mourn with you at the passing of our dear brother and friend saint julius carter while there are no words that may ease the pain be comforted by the realization that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal find solace in god’s unchanging hand we will always remember saint julius as a rather quiet and gentle spirit who was full of life he truly loved the lord and can often be found echoing the words found in matthew 5 13 yea are the salt of the earth but if the salt have lost his favor a savor wherewith shall it be salted although we shall see his face no more he leaves behind beautiful memories that we will carry in our hearts we thank god for the privilege to adore him may the great comforter who is from everlasting to everlasting continue to uphold you in his loving arms and strengthen you in the days to come sorrowfully submitted whereby a share e vulcan’s local pastor ministers officers and members first tabernacle bethel philadelphia pennsylvania to our beloved belleville friends we mourn with you at the passing of your loved ones but we celebrate and give thanks to the good lord for letting these souls to us for season our hearts will ever retain this precious memories saint charles andrew armstrong he was one of the admired solo singers in the church of god and saints of christ most commonly referred to as the sam cook of the organization he would sing anywhere and everywhere by himself or with a group saint mary elizabeth crowding she was the granddaughter of prophet william s crowdy she loved the church of god and saints of christ valued the life and works of prophet william saunders crowdy and was always busy composing songs and studying the bible prophet william saunders crowdy said if i have done any good in the church let my seed be found working during her 101 years of life saint mary touched the hearts and lives of so many we are forever grateful for her life and the legacy she leaves behind elder warren william alexander hamilton a dedicated servant of the almighty god and the true armor-bearer of grandfather abraham elder hamilton was the former pastor of hackensack new jersey tabernacle and an associate minister at jerusalem number one beth l in uttentage eastern cape south africa in the belleville tabernacle saint sarah floyd as she was called was a lifelong member of the church of god and saints of christ originally from providence eventually relocating to baltimore and then to belleville she was the church secretary for the baltimore congregation for many years she was known for her beautiful singing voice and often called upon as a soloist in church concerts saint esther and moore kenner joined the church of god and saint surprise following her marriage to brother lloyd facey her undying faith in the almighty god was exemplified in the way she carried herself in and inside and outside the house of god although she sat unassumingly in the corner section during the worship service her warm spirit filled the edifice with joy gladness and sentence saint patrice mary hill miller saint b as she was affectionately known was a faithful and steadfast member of the church of god and saints of christ serving under four leaders she also served on the local daughters of jerusalem and sisters of mercenary porn for more than 20 years in philadelphia zion tabernacle and she was a stalwart member of the belleville congregation saint b loves to hum songs while she eased her way into the choir saint dorothy a parker nana as she was so affectionately known by so many will always be remembered for her gentle spirit and sweet smile she has been a faithful member of the church of god and saints of christ and arma bear for grandfather abraham for over 80 years her her highest joy was her her god and her family and she always ready she was always ready to extend a loving hand to anyone in need seeing rachel w rogers grand trustee and former general tabernacle’s justine she was a dedicated lifelong member of the church of god and saints of christ and will be remembered for her selfless service and the musical gifts she left behind with her souls during compositions that will live on in our hearts forever one of her compositions permanente in this moment of sorrow was taken by psalms 91 1 he that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the almighty families please be comforting knowing that our thoughts and prayers are with you and that the god of our forefathers the god of abraham isaac and jacob is able to keep you in perfect peace through this period of sorrow and in the days ahead with deepest sympathy chief read by philip e mcneil grandfather abraham elder joseph c denson local pastor elder ezra l lock local pastor belleville virginia hey [Music] [Music] [Music] oh [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] where i go is [Applause] angry [Music] is [Music] hmm [Music] is is [Music] hey [Music] [Music] this is for erica and now we will continue certainly that that song is so appropriate for this occasion we are thanking the lord for the beauty of these lives that we celebrate for the comforting scriptures for the invocation and for the for the words of of of of their of their lives the things that they did the things that they love tongues cannot express the song is so appropriate can’t express what the lord has done for us with these beautiful and precious lives and let us continue now with our what do we call them with our condolences with uh saint erica miller to the family of the late saint ada gillard blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted say matthew chapter 5 verse 4 for we are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved saint ada we are also deeply and internally grateful to the most high god for blessing us with her sweet presence saint aydah was a precious soul who loved god and her family and friends intensely that love was evident in her giving whether it was showing compassion for one of her clients giving a gift as a symbol of her affection or contributing to in the tabernacle she took great pleasure in spreading joy to others and being a blessing sainta practiced gratitude and would often speak of her blessings showing no evidence of the pain and suffering she had endured during this time of sorrow we your spiritual family come together to wrap our loving arms around you just as saint ada would have to let you know that you are not alone while there are no words that will embrace your grief we pray that the almighty god will comfort you and allow the sweet memories of good times to wash over you in the days months and years to come as we mourn with you we are comforted by the fact that there are no sorrow that god cannot heal and your moments of distress know that god is your refuge and strength a very present help in trouble we pray that the sovereign lord of the universe will continue to uphold you with his love and shelter you under the shadow of his wings sorrowfully submitted elder solomon d leach local pastor elder howard s fisher elder raymond o madison jr and elder nathan cardwell associate ministers officers and members of fifth tabernacle bethel atlantic city new jersey to the family of the late deacon kenneth a heidelberg god himself has called another one of his faithful servants home who was this man kenneth hardenberg he was the personification of mystical dust written from an ancient pen as transcribed in the third chapter of first timothy deacon heidelberg ruled his house with love he was serious about his relationships with god and the man of god all while declaring the blessings of at time tested faith to the people of god we the members of first tabernacle beth l are going to miss this scripture quoting argo sock wearing beautiful smile enduring offering envelope wheeling grandfather cheering husband extraordinaire of a man we will carry on his legacy a legacy that pronounces and denounces a legacy that pronounces stay in the field until the war is ended and denounces faithlessness and a miracle wonder working god in this time of sorrow wherein a better day is hoped family please let deacon heidelberg’s antiphonal response carry you forward we would say all he’ll deak is it will and he will respond never better but i’ll be better tomorrow humbly submitted local pastor officers and members of the blueprint which deacon heidelberg left an imprint of 1st tabernacle bethel providence rhode island to the family of the late saint michelle jackson say michelle r l jackson fell asleep thursday april 22 2021 she was the daughter of the late saint martha randolph willis and mr edward jackson and the granddaughter of sister elder ruth and deacon and deacon nicholas randolph saint michelle was a member of the church of guidance antichrist temple beth l where she was a singing levite with her melodious soprano voice she loved the church and was dedicated to the leaders of this religious organization working diligently alongside her aunt sister elder hannah noble she gave all that she could while she was able and she is sorely missed peace be on today utter james a rhodes local pastor utter b randall hall associate minister of third tabernacle bethel hartford connecticut to the family of the late saint jason e lewis saint jason e lewis fell asleep on july 28 2021 he was the grandson of the late rabbi lloyd g smith and the son of james and kathleen lewis st jason was a lifelong member of third tabernacle beth l hartford connecticut saint jason had a smile that would light up any room and had a great passion for people he was always willing and ready to be of any assistance st jason leaves behind his fiancee and four beautiful daughters saint jason was a protective devoted and proud father and he will be sorely missed peace be unto thee utter james a rhodes elder b randall hall a third tabernacle bethel hartford connecticut to the family and friends of brother james samuel mason saint james leroy mason also lovingly called chemie well was born and reared in the strong lineage of the person loftin families well-known long-standing members and patriots in the church of god and sans of christ and knife tabernacle bethel during his adolescent years growing up in knife tabernacle brooklyn under the pastorship of evangelists at large nathaniel nelson leroy as he was then called became one of elder woody’s boys working diligently with the boys and girls summer drive program to solicit funds and support for canaan land belleville virginia brother chemie well will be missed by his entire spiritual family at night tabernacle as well as the many friends and neighbors he encountered during his surgery here on earth and these words tell us we are our heavenly father’s children and we all know that he loves us one and all but there will come a time when each of us must answer to the voice of our master’s call may this great sovereign power of the universe bless and keep you is our collective prayer softly and lovingly submitted a village evangelist joseph r turner local pastor associate minister and members of knife tabernacle bethel brooklyn new york to the family of the late saint christopher mattis it is with deepest sympathy that we extend our thoughts and prayers to you during this time of bereavement in difficult times of loss like this we can find ourselves overwhelmed with feelings of confusion and sorrow however find hope in matthew 5 4 blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted chris was a treasured part of our strong tower family he will always be remembered for the warmth and loving kindness he showed to everyone who crossed his path each year chris organized the donation of toys to our youth for hanukkah and brought smiles to dozens of children his efforts turned into an outreach ministry as we were able to expand the donations to assist the children in our community may you find strength and comfort in god’s unchanging hands and remember the solomon’s words weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning may our heavenly father continue to bless and keep you lovingly evangelist joseph a weatherford local pastor elder dr timothy harris associate minister officers and members of force tabernacle fl richmond virginia [Music] oh [Music] i can do all these [Music] oh [Music] god [Music] is [Music] oh [Music] i can’t do all these [Music] i [Music] is [Music] [Music] oh [Music] [Music] to the family of the late brother joe newark new kirk eternal god who sent his consolation unto all sorrowing hearts we turn to thee for comfort in this trying hour though bowed in grief at the passing of our loved ones we affirm our faith in thee our father who are just and merciful who heal his broken hearts and art ever near to those who are afflicted trusting in thy great guidance we who mourn rise to sanctify thy name it is with deep sadness that we the members of third tabernacle beth l greensboro north carolina extend our heartfelt condolences to you the family and the passing of brother joe we have been taught and believed wholeheartedly that death is not the end brother joe has simply transitioned to another level of life just beyond the veil and his spirit will dwell with us for all eternity for the joe is and always will be a pillar of the greensboro congregation he was remembered for his hearty god is good saints chance his prance the middle of the isle shout his cane and tote hand raises that always came at the perfect time during services brother joe truly sang god’s praises while he had his being while it while it hurts us left behind know that he lives on not only in our memories but also with our heavenly father your church family of third tabernacle bethel mourns with you and our humble and fervent prayer is that our heavenly father bring you comfort and healing during this hour of sorrow with deepest sympathy elder asa mcneil senior rabbi james w young elder william brown officers and members of their tabernacle beth l greensboro north carolina to the family of the late deacon michael potts we spend our years as a tale that is told psalms 90 verse 9 and living space and real time and the twinkling of an eye shamus michael baruch simka potts transitioned to a higher realm of existence on thursday march 4th 2020 in gettysburg pennsylvania when the omnipotent one summons him his illuminated embers hastened to the celestial chamber to shine ever so brightly where he joined and now rests comfortably with those valence soldiers and great pioneers of the treasure guidance antichrist and glides on the rings of a true and living god shaman’s pop michael potts joined the church of god and antichrist in 1994 and was immersed in harrisburg pennsylvania after he joined and adopted the tenets of the way of life he became a marinated he became marinated in the doctrine and practice all that prophet william saunders kratty brought to a people striving for righteousness shamus potts had no higher goal in life than to please god and his prophets he was under the leaderships a rabbi levi as plummer grandfather abraham rabbi j.u.a crowdy jr grandfather abraham and our current chief rabbi phillip e mcneil grandfather abraham shamus loved hashem and his church of god and saints of christ’s family he believed himself worthy of being a good steward over that which god bestowed him and ordained shamash there were there were three things that he was most proud of at first tabernacle beth l in baltimore maryland first seamus deacon potts was one of the watchmen on the wall he stood firm on his post guarding the truth of his faith shaman’s pawns personified as said in the holy writ found in isaiah 2 and 23 and 20 and i will fasten him as a nail in a short place second he proudly served as secretary of the sons of abraham and editor-in-chief for the sons of abraham chronicles newsletter a local publication in baltimore maryland tabernacle third he was extremely fluent in the hebrew language without hesitancy he supported those who reached out to him to learn it he performed two model seders in the baltimore tabernacle before the earlier duties that were mentioned he was a choir member and loved to sing bass this meek and spiritual giant obeyed god’s voice and pledged to the best of his ability to to remain in the framework of god’s covenant he was truly a peculiar treasure unto god we thank god for blessing us with the opportunity to love and adore shamus michael baruch simka pox he was a good soldier and endured hardship and stayed on the battlefield shaman’s parts always said ashkenazi jewish by birth kagasa for life and he commanded them saying this is the thing you shall do a third part of you that enter on the sabbath shall even be keepers of their watch on the king’s horse second kings 11 5 and let the beauty of the lord our god be upon us and establish all the work of our hands upon us gay the work of our hands established out it psalms 90 17. humbly submitted elder lance hawkins interim local pastor avengers at large charles harris local pastor emeritus butter gifford hurt associate members and congregation of first tabernacle bethel baltimore maryland to the family of the late saint rhoda randolph eternal god who sent his consolations unto all sorrowing hearts we turn to thee for comfort in this trying hour the bout and grief at the passing of our loved ones we affirm our faith in thee our father who art just and merciful heal his broken hearts and are ever nearer to those who are afflicted trusting in that great guidance we who mourn wise to sanctify thy name it is with deep sadness that we the members of third tabernacle beth l greensboro north carolina extend our heartfelt condolences to you the family on the passing of saint rota tong cannot truly express the loss felt by her physical existence coming to an end it is with praise in our hearts that we await the chance to see her again say rota is the definition of the greensboro tabernacle her dedication to the work of prophet william saunders crowdy is a prime example of an arm of an armor of grandfather abraham even when her body wouldn’t allow her to praise the way she wanted she never complained and simply acts the most high to strengthen that which remained we will never forget her beautiful smile excellent leading of the choir timely vocal instructions and loving presence in the days to come saint rhoda truly worked while it was day while it hurts us left behind now that she lives on not only in our memories but also with our heavenly father your church family of third tabernacle beth l mourns with you and our humble and fervent prayer is that our heavenly father bring you comfort and healing during this hour of sorrow with deepest sympathy elder asa mcnail senior rabbi james w young elder william brown offers and members of third tabernacle bethel greensboro north carolina may the favor of the lord our god rest on us establish the work of our hands yes establish the work of our hands psalms 90 17 to the bereaved family of the late saint joyce frankl god has called another one another one of his beloved servants home to rest with sympathy we mourn the passing of our sister and friend saint joyce frankel she will be remembered for her tireless efforts as a faithful armor bearer who worked to support the man the land and the plan she inspired everyone to strive for better her kind soul and giving spirit touched so many and will never be forgotten we are saddened by your loss however we celebrate the life of saint joyce and we know she has received her sweet reward john 14 7 and 20 peace i leave with you my peace i give to you not as the word not as the word gives do i give to you let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid although it may seem it is impossible to see beyond your pain we thank god for his blessings and for the comfort that he will bring to you in the days ahead sorrowfully submitted by by marcus o’kar local pastor ed tyrone roberts assistant local pastor and congregation of first tabernacle beth l washington dc to the family of the late said carla sabanning has thou not known has thou not heard that the everlasting god the lord the creator of the ends of the earth fainted not neither is weary there is no searching for his understanding isaiah 48 and 20. the loss of a loved one is never easy to bear however we can take comfort in knowing that god has sent carla in the hollow of his hand although her physical being has left this earthly scene her spirit and memory is in love is alive and well one may wonder why god called saint carla home so soon but we must be reminded of job when he stated the lord giveth and the lord taketh away death is a painful experience which brings on many emotions and thoughts however she has transitioned from labor to reward and has finished her course i pray that god will give you the strength to carry on in the days weeks months and years to come finally the veil of sorrow felt today may seem overwhelming but the fact still remains that there is nothing that god and time cannot heal her sweet spirit will be missed and the tears that flow today were eventually transformed to joy and gladness whenever we hear the name of saint carlos abandoning may the god of our salvation continue to keep us all in the hollow of his hands humbly submitted elder timothy hurt local pastor utter philip b henry iii and elder benjamin j farrar associate ministers officers and members of first tabernacle beth al wilmington delaware to the bereaved family of the late saint enaz johnson stevenson it is with profound sadness that we the children of men are called once again to drink from the bitter cup of sorrow as we mourn the loss of a stalwart and faithful pillar saint ina stevenson only in the chambers of our heart henceforth will will we continue to remember her good works while our beloved sister has transitioned from this time-based life into the grace of eternal life to receive her well-earned crown of glory we too who remain on these shores must also transition our hearts and minds to that faithful testimony that the lord giveth the lord taketh away blessed be the name of the lord beloved family please know that the hour in which you are now forced to endure a period of disco disconsolization you will never be left alone to walk the seemingly lonesome mouth while our beloved sister has ascended from this earthly plane into the house that is not made with hands but eternal in the heavens continue to be instant and remembering the good times the love you shared and the laughter enjoyed those precious moments that have real duration may the confident presence of the divine absolute of absolutes always be with you may the cloak of his grace continue to surround you with love and may his spirit that is from everlasting to everlasting life your hearts upon the wings of the wind the deepest sympathy rabbi marcus l carr local pastor elder tyrone roberts assistant local pastor and congregation the first time in quebecois washington d.c to the family of the late for their gad troxler we deeply mourn with you the laws of brother grad troxler what a delight he was so often when someone came by to cheer him up he would instead cheer them up with his warm smile and upbeat spirit and his wonderful and engaging stories we are so thankful that the lord let us hear brother god for nearly 92 years as one of the gate city vocal heirs brother god was a huge level of music and he just enjoyed talking about the days that the vocal heirs traveled the gospel circuit as an opening act for such music legends as sam cook and the soul stirs the mighty clouds of joy and the dixie hummingbirds the troxler brothers and elder john lofton brought so much joy and love to so many people across the nation with their great harmony a unique singing style dear family we pray that god consoles blesses and strengthens you as only he can and know that in this valley of the shadow of death the lord walks with you as he guides and comforts you for the bible tells us the holy shepherd of israel will never forsake you deuteronomy deuteronomy 1 and 30 and verse 8 says and the lord it he it is that don’t go before thee he will be with thee he will never fair thee never forsake thee fear not neither be dismayed with love and sorrow writer benjamin benson local pastor elder charles and watson associate minister and the officers and members of first tabernacle beth l new haven connecticut [Music] [Music] steps all the way [Music] glorious prophets [Music] is [Applause] [Music] oh [Music] oh [Applause] [Music] oh [Music] [Music] [Laughter] [Applause] [Music] oh [Applause] is is [Applause] [Music] [Applause] yes [Applause] um is that it you’re not doing the africa we’re not doing the african thanking the lord for this service this service of celebration this service of love and comfort for the families of those of our loved ones who have passed away over the past eight months we certainly thank the lord for being so good to us to give us the benefit of these wonderful beautiful lives and we sanctify his name as the ceremony says we sanctify his name thinking and praising his holy and glorious name for the gift of these beautiful lives we cannot do anything for our loved ones at this point other than love them and remember them but we can do one final tribute to them and that is to take up the battle that they fought during their lives to take up the blood-stained banner as the song saying and continue the good things that they did continue the work that they did continue the songs that they say the sermons they preached the good will the acts of charity that they gave that we can do and in that way they will live on in our lives oh we thank the lord for these these sweet these sweet memories for these these memories will bless us in the days to come we’ll always have them and when the and when the times get tough and when we become sad and try to sink back into a state of mourning we just conjure up those beautiful memories of those those smiles those acts of charity those loving persons that we remember and they will boy us up and help us to continue to go on our way we have a number of our loved ones who passed away on the continent of africa but and there were there were many of them i think there were about um how many um about 13 or so of them but we were not able to gather their condolences and i will give a general condolence for our loved ones in africa who passed away and in a future setting we will give condolences for those for those of our african brothers and sisters who have passed on it’s not the it’s not the sanctuary service that we normally have but we’re doing the best we can our hearts and our spirits are making up for the inadequacies that we have in honoring these our loved ones who have passed on and i take this opportunity to extend my love and my concern and my comfort and my condolence to all of the families indeed to all of us for for indeed the prophet brought us all together in one family and we all joy together and we all suffer together we all grieve together and we all triumph we all are triumphant together as we think on the beauty of these lives and we thank the god of our salvation for giving us this gift and as i said before the lord gives a gift that keeps on giving we keep on enjoying the memories of these loved ones we keep on conjuring up the the past their their past actions so thank the lord for these sweet souls that we honor today and at this time we have a selection before the w we’re now we’re now prepared to receive the eulogy i don’t envy the eulogist because he has to give a eulogy for 40 people but he’ll do it in the spirit of prophecy and we as a family will understand the inadequacy of eulogizing adequately all of our loved ones so let us have a selection now and prepare for the eulogy to be given by elder joseph denson the first of belleville virginia [Music] [Applause] [Music] is [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] shall be is [Music] shall we [Music] is [Music] [Applause] [Music] was [Music] [Applause] [Music] one and [Music] [Music] yay [Applause] [Music] [Music] that was [Music] under the house of israel giving praise and honor to the almighty god for his favor to the children of men this god who is from everlasting to everlasting god before the beginning of time god after the expiration of time i’m talking about the god who is not fenced in by time and operates outside of the boundaries of eternity the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end he is our shelter in time of storm he is our light and our salvation and because of his saving power because of what this god has done he is equated to water in dry places he’s called bread in a starving land he is my all and all my savior and my god he is the god who opens doors that none can shut and he shuts doors that none are able to open he is the rewarder of righteous pursuits the inexhaustible source of blessings undeserved this compassionate being our comforter in time of sorrow and our protector from the storm the wellspring of goodness and mercy the redeemer of the downtrodden he remembers the forgotten ones and gives new direction to those who are lost because of his compassion and saving grace some say he’s my rock and shelter and he holds me in his hands to this god we offer more than just praise more than just honor we bless his holy and righteous name saying hallelujah salvation and glory honor and power beyond to our god to the marie families represented here indeed the entire house of israel we all reside in the seat of sorrow this morning this spiritual family whose faith is strong enough to know and understand that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal recognizing the chief rabbi of the church of god and saints of christ rabbi philip e mcneal grandfather abraham our father and our friend our comforter and confidant this teaching high priest who keeps us on the path of an intimate relationship with our god for the ministerial body saints friends well-wishers i greet you all with all hell our purpose here today is to give praise to our god for 40 precious sets of footprints in the sands of time who passed this life between december of 2020 and july of 2021 25 souls from 14 tabernacles in the united states and 15 pilgrims on this journey called life from three districts in the continent of africa who were these folks personally i don’t know them all but i can say with a great degree of certitude that they were elders deacons grand officers district offices choir members sabbath school scholars jubilee singers there were composers vital willing workers wise sages mothers fathers and mother figures that some of us needed they were kind and gentle spirits trusted brother or sister that we used when when we needed a shoulder to cry on sons daughters or grandchildren that were the apple of our eye the father that saved you when you could not save yourself and the mother that loved you no matter what we are here to give praise to our god for these souls that we pay homage to here today 40 precious gifts 40 treasured personalities that gave joy and purpose to our lives we thank the eternal one for introducing into our existence these hallowed souls whether they were related to us by blood or by spiritual affiliation each and every one has proven to be a cherished gift from the almighty and merciful god of our fathers every once in a while we encounter one that is special every once in a while we clay vessels get to rub shoulders with a special vessel every once in a while the omnipotent god graces us to be acquainted with a distinctively unique being we had these distinctive acquaintances and encountered 40 exceptional lives worth living in the consecrated individuals we are remembering here today the scripture for this service is a familiar one and i promise you i will not be long it’s taken from the book of revelation the 14th chapter and the 13th verse and it reads and i heard a voice from heaven saying unto me right blessed are the dead which die in the lord from henceforth yea said the spirit that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them i always have difficulty figuring out a theme for these i’ll let you pick your own but i’ll look just quickly at what will follow you there are great incentives in our text to live a good decent wholesome and spiritual life a god-centered life a life of good deeds a life of assisting and supporting others a life of being an example of righteousness striving toward the mark of perfection one incentive is this even in death you will be blessed provided you have died in the lord or as i prefer to say you have lived for the lord what do i mean by you have having lived for the lord allow me to share one scripture out of many that could have been chosen to make this point jesus was challenged on one occasion to answer the question what is the greatest commandment now jesus took two verses from the hebrew scriptures he used deuteronomy 6 5 and thou shalt love the lord thy god with all thine heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might and he used leviticus 19 18. thou shalt not avenge nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself i am the lord and he synthesized them into what became known as the great commandment as recorded in matthew 22 verse 7 and 30 through 40. thou shalt love the lord thy god with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind this is the first and great commandment and the second is like unto it thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets this scripture clearly identifies that we have a duty and responsibility toward our god and our fellow man satisfying this requirement places one in the select category of living for the lord so that when one finishes his or her course and goes the way of all flesh they are blessed to die in the lord our blessed loved ones live for the lord therefore they effectively have died in the lord if you’re going to live for god you must love him with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and you must it’s not optional you must love your neighbor as yourself scripture says that you must fear god and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man our dearly departed members our highly favored and cherished loved ones lived this truth they loved god they loved the church of god they loved their pastor grandfather abraham and they treated everyone with the greatest respect love and dignity even down to a little child you know you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat children because even though they were distinctive and very different individuals they were all spiritually grounded to the same unifying principle thou shalt love the second incentive alluded to in our text is that your works will follow you the deeds that you do in this body while on this earth good or bad kind or hurtful constructive or destructive positive or negative righteous or wicked wise or foolish unifying or divisive they will follow you and you will have to give an account for all of those evil wicked nasty hurtful cruel and shameful activities and actions furthermore what you do in this life in this mortal clay enclosure it outlives you folks will talk about things that you did long after you’re gone what you do for others or to others has a long shelf life and i know that these precious souls like many of us did not experience a bit of rose’s existence i know he had some good days i know she had some hills to climb they probably had some weary days and many a sleepless night and i can just imagine that when one or another of them contemplated their plight and examined their situation alphabetized and categorized his problems versus her blessings weighed in the balance the ups and the downs juxtaposed life’s setbacks against god’s goodness i can just imagine that he wrapped himself that she wrapped herself in their arms and began to rock themselves and possibly overcame the wave of anxiety rising within their soul by saying but when i look around and think things over all of my good days outweigh all of my bad days i won’t complain and family that conclusion is a god-centered conclusion as a result of leaning on the lord trusting in the lord with all thy heart and leaning not to one’s own understanding these precious entities that we are talking about here today in all their ways they acknowledged god and we should learn from their lives that the almighty god directed their path and if he directed their path for what they did god is true to his promise he will direct our paths they died in the lord because they lived for the lord that conclusion is drawn from the resources of a lifetime of walking in lockstep but the spirit of the almighty god and believing in and following god’s prophet when you allow yourself to be guided by god’s spirit his spirit will fill you with love it’ll fill you with joy fill you with peace and fill you with happiness pain though a constant companion is tolerated with god’s love discomfort that unwelcome intruder vanishes with god’s joy sickness an unwanted tenet of the mind or body that robs one of their strength is but light affliction when god gives you peace you will find yourself enrapt in perfect peace because your mind the seat of the intellect the essence of your being the temple in which god dwells is stayed on god our sainted family members our treasured brothers and sisters those whom we honor here today are now in the loving arms of the father and in good stead they fought the good fight they finished their course and they kept the faith they now qualified to echo the apostle paul who said henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day the bible says in the book of malachi and our sainted loved ones believed that if they lived a god-centered life if they kept the testimonies of god kept the commandments of god if they loved their fellow man with a pure heart that god would reward them with a blessing that only he could give this is what malachi 3 17 says and they shall be mine saith the lord of hosts in that day when i make up my jewels god’s precious jewels are those who live a sanctified life whose life was full of good works and their works are now following them and whose testimonies i believe can be captured in these words familiar to most of you i’m going to do all the commandments of god and they shall be mine and do all the commandments of prophet william as crowding and they shall be mine i’m going to love all my love and obey my pastor which is grandfather abraham and they shall be mine i’m going to love all my brothers and sisters with a pure heart and they shall be mine and pay all of my offerings in the church of god and saints of christ and they shall be mine saith the lord and the almighty god will say to them in that day i will ransom them from the power of the grave family be not discouraged god is not marked whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap our dear loved ones sold correctly and they will reap bountifully i’m encouraged by the lives represented here today because they trusted in god and not only that they taught others to do likewise therefore i say take your rest my dear brothers my dear sisters well done thou good and faithful servant thou has been faithful over a few things i will make the ruler over many things enter thou into the joy of thy lord may the god of our salvation bless and keep each and every one of us in the hollow of his hands is my prayer amen oh oh [Applause] is amen let us now have closing remarks from ella james holly of chicago illinois 126th song it says the lord hath done great things for them the lord hath done great things for us whereof we are glad yes the lord has done great things for them and we remember them today we remember them always the lord has done great things for them brought them through many trials in their life show them that god is able to carry them through when they had no way on their own god has done great things for them and surely god has done great things for us whereof we are glad he’s blessed us to keep their memory he’s blessed us to have so many memories of joy from our time with them that we are glad and it also says in that 126th psalm they that sow in tears shall reap enjoy i’m saying carry their bones from here to my leader to our leader after giving praise to god i’m saying to the man of god chief rabbi philip eugene mcneill grandfather abraham i thank you for granting us this opportunity to comfort and be comforted to the local pastors of belleville elder denson and elder locke who are there where many of our loved ones have found their resting place and to all the church of god and saints of christ and all who walk by faith all who grieve shalom alaikum i want to acknowledge the contributors all those who contributed to this memorial those seen in the service and those unseen who prepared who wrote condolences who gathered pictures you have done a great service now i’m thankful for that message from elder denson and i say we all stand today as mourners we all hold hands today as family death has a sting and also a numbness and a hollow place in us the gap in time that uh was always filled with conversation or weekly traditions like sunday brunch we know that absence is there and some of us have lost loved ones not mentioned in this service like me last month i went to alaska to officiate and eulogize my wife’s mother maria mark and just during the service i got a message that my father who has been in a fight for his life since last week was just moved back to icu and so my sisters and i are going through that roller coaster so yes we are comforters who need comfort at this time and my prayer is that this service helps you lift up your head and go forth with purpose lift up your head and go forth with purpose in genesis chapter 50 i want to give us this genesis chapter 50 verse 5 and 20. it says there then joseph took an oath of the children of israel saying god will surely visit you and you shall carry my bones from here i’m thankful for the message from joseph elder joseph denson and i have a message from this joseph in the bible don’t stay at the place where they finished their race don’t lay your armor down at the mark where they rested from their labor their works follow them by how you follow through don’t make a cave for yourself at their grave don’t stay there don’t stay here see there’s a mantle to pick up and a river for us to cross carry their bones from here not talking about the uh bones of a connected uh what they call connective tissue right with calcium phosphate and special cells not talking about that bone i’m saying the bones of a connective spirit reinforced with memories and with wisdom and with purpose from them is what will carry to our destinations today and tomorrow moses he wasn’t joseph but he had the connective spirit joseph i’m sorry joshua wasn’t moses but he had the connective spirit and now rabbi by juarcus crowdy junior wasn’t prophet william s crowdy but he had the connective spirit and our leader today is not rabbi j walker’s crowdy junior but i know and i want you to know that chief rabbi phillip eugene mcneill grandfather abraham has the connective spirit and now we have a river to cross here comes the relevance to us elder denson asked what will follow you our loved ones your loved ones who we’ve said goodbye to um you love them you know that that um these kings and these queens they had a purpose right and i’m saying as god was with them god will surely visit you as joseph said to the future generations god will surely visit you carry their bones from here seeking to fulfill your purpose go go on keep on going further on still go further count the milestones one by one say i’m going to run this race with patience to see what the end will be carry their bones carry their bones carry their bones from here amen amen and amen i’m thanking the lord for this memorial service thanking the lord for the songs of zion that we heard from the scriptures that were read and for these fine sermons these fine sermons of of comfort and love and tribute to those of our loved ones who have transitioned to another level of life john the revelator in his in his exquisite symbolism said on one occasion that i saw i looked and lo a lamb stood on mount zion and with him 144 000 having their fa having their father’s name in their foreheads prophet williams on this crowd of gods prophet said on one occasion that he had come to gather the 000 these of course this is symbolism this is spiritual symbolism and these 144 000 according to the sang scripture new song before the throne of god and nobody and he said nobody could learn that song the script said nobody can learn that song except the 144 000 that were redeemed by god himself in my comforting message to the families to to us the families of those who have gone on i say that your loved ones and our loved ones have joined that congregation of the 144 000 having their father’s name written in their forehead singing a new song singing a joyful and happy new song before the throne of god can you picture your loved one now joyful joining the group of those who have been redeemed by god himself keep that image in your mind as you as you go forward and certainly the work that they have done my advice to you and to me is to take up the blood-stained banner that they carried so well and carried so high and let us continue the work of the law so that we one day can join that congregation of 144 thousand at this time we will have a a medley of songs while we take one final look at the images of our loved ones let us have the medley [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] and [Applause] oh [Music] oh oh [Music] oh foreign [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] every oh [Music] oh [Music] all the reservations [Applause] [Music] oh [Applause] [Applause] oh [Music] [Applause] of shall we if [Applause] shalt [Music] [Music] [Music] oh let’s go is the father my father is [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] i want [Music] amen and now we bring this service to a close we hope we have brought some joy and some comfort and some consolation to the families of those of our loved ones who have transitioned i like to say to another level of life and i hope that you will as as you think on your loved ones just think on the beautiful smiles on those faces as we went through that melody think of the joy the good times the glad tidings that you enjoyed with your loved ones let that be the final image of this service assured of the fact that these our loved ones have joined that chorus of 144 000 who are praising thanking glorifying the god of our salvation singing a new song that nobody else can sing except those of the redeemed who walk therein with their father and now unto him that
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