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Cecil’s family left it up to me to choose the New Testament lesson for this service.  There’s a bit of a risk in that, I suppose!  It took me most of the weekend, but the Lord seemed to put into my mind this morning the perfect Scripture for C. Bost. The Bible includes a number […]

Nancy Dowdy – “Wholesome Neglect” by Bob Thompson

February 3rd, 2018

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This is undoubtedly a first for Corinth Reformed Church – a funeral meditation by videotape. The reason for it is not all that complicated. I’m the only pastor Nancy has known for 25 years. Nancy’s children very much wanted me to be a part of this service, and I very much wanted that as well. […]

Hazel Rowe – “A Needle in Cotton” by Bob Thompson

February 1st, 2018

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I suppose it’s only fair that I begin with a brief explanation of why I chose the Scriptures I read. Kelly described her grandmother to me as “a needle in cotton,” a phrase from Tai Chi. One blogger explains, “the motion is soft and flowing, yielding gently like a ball of cotton, but with cold, […]

The first explanation I should make is why I have the privilege of leading this service today.  My wife Linda and I have served in one congregation for almost 25 years.  Whether we try to or not, pastors tend to bond with certain individuals and families, and our family bonded with Kathie’s daughter Carol for […]

Meditation It will not surprise anyone who knew her that almost 25 years ago, early in my pastorate, when we gave members an opportunity to write out their desires for their funeral so we could keep them on file, within a short time Shirley had submitted a detailed form for herself, her brother, and her […]