A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE of
MURCHIE EMERSON
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DECEMBER 15, 1916 – NOVEMBER 6, 2012
Musical Prelude
Welcome
Scripture Reading: Psalm 121
Prayer
Scripture Reading: Stewards of God’s Creation (compilation from Genesis & Psalms)
Congregational Hymn:" For the Beauty of the Earth"
1) For the beau-ty of the earth, For the glo-ry of the skies, For the love which from our birth, O-ver and a-round us lies
Lord of all, to !ee we raise !is our hymn of grate-ful praise.
2) For the won-der of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree and "ow’r, Sun and moon, and stars of light Lord of all, to !ee we raise
!is our hymn of grate-ful praise.
3) For the joy of hu-man love, Broth-er, sis-ter, par-ent child, Friends on earth, and friends a-bove; For all gen-tle thoughts and mild Lord of all, to !ee we raise
!is our hymn of grate-ful praise.
4) For thy-self best gift di-vine, To the word so free-ly giv’n; For that great, great love of !ine, Peace on earth and joy in heav’n; Lord of all, to !ee we raise
!is our hymn of grate-ful praise.

Words of Remembrance: Janet Emerson & Ardeth Holmes Message: Blessed are the Dead Who Die in the Lord
Revelation 14:13 Congregational Hymn: "To God Be the Glory"
1) To God be the glo-ry, great things He hath done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, who yield-ed His life an a-tone-ment for sin, and o-pened the life-gate that all may go in.
Refrain: Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the peo-ple re-joice! O come to the Fa-ther through Je-sus the Son, and give Him the glo-ry, great things He hath done!
2) O perfect re-demp-tion, the purchase of blood, to ev’ry be-live-er the prom-ise of God; the vilest of-fend-er who tru-ly be-lieves, that mo-ment from Je-sus a par-don re-ceives. (Refrain)
3) Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done, and great our re-joic-ing through Je-sus the Son; but pur-er, and high-er, and great-er will be
our won-der, our trans-port, when Je-sus we see.
(Refrain)
Benediction Musical Postlude
Officiating: Pastor Mark Hovey, Andersonville United Baptist Church
Pianist: Norma Caswell

The Circle of Life
The sheer curtains on the windows Blur the image of the great outdoors A swing set empty The trees just beginning To dress themselves in the new green of spring. The earthy smell makes my nose tickle For Mother Earth is awakening Bringing with her.......... Hope for another season of blooms. I can taste the sweet green peas Hear the crunch of the carrot eaten fresh from the garden The fruits of our labour. The beams of sunlight bring joy With summer comes ... The smell of new mown hay. The prickly surface tickles my bare feet. The tinkling water in the brook falling over rocks. Reading a good book in the crook of a tree Gazing over the hazy ridges Blueberries growing in the back field. And I wonder at the coming changes Of this harvest year. Take comfort In the rhythm of the seasons..... Rebirth, growth, harvest, peace. What lessons to be learned from Mother Earth.
© Ardeth Holmes 2007