The service in PDF format is at: 02-17-2017 Arnold Hahn’s celebration of life

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†   Celebration of Life  

Arnold Alfred Hahn

March 13, 1924 to January 14, 2017



     Today we gather in the name of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to remember the life of Arnold Hahn, and to proclaim the victory of Jesus Christ

who has been raised from the dead.  Both the Old and the New Testaments of the Holy Bible speak powerfully of the resurrection of the dead. Isaiah, Hosea, and Paul all remind us, “’Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is thy victory?  O death, where is thy sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.

Such is the wonder of the Christian faith.  When a Christian loved one is taken from us in death, we have the assurance that he or she has won the victory!  Our struggle with sin and death, pain and sorrow continues, but his victory is complete!  Our sense of loss can be overwhelming, but his victory is won!



CALLING ON GOD                                   1 Corinthians 15:57 and Psalm 121

Pastor:   In the name of the Father, the   †   Son, and the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen.

Pastor:       Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

People: Thanks be to God!

Pastor:   I look up toward the mountains.  Where can I find help?

People: My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Pastor:   He will not let you fall.  Your guardian will not fall asleep.

People: Indeed, the Guardian of Israel never rests or sleeps.

Pastor:   The Lord is your guardian.  The Lord is the shade over your right hand.

People:    The sun will not beat down on you during the day, nor will the moon at night.

Pastor:   The Lord guards you from every evil.  He guards your life.

People: The Lord guards you as you come and go, now and forever.

Pastor:       Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

People: Thanks be to God!

 OPENING HYMN “Green Book” 460 vs. 1-4  “I Am Trusting You, Lord Jesus”



Pastor:  Let us pray.  O God of grace and mercy, we give thanks for Your loving-kindness shown to Arnold and to all Your servants who, having finished their course in faith, now rest from their labors.  Grant that we also may be faithful unto death and receive the crown of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:  Amen. 


NEW TESTAMENT READING                                        Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?   As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.   For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,   nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


GOSPEL                                                   John 14:1-4

(Jesus said) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?   And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.   And you know the way to where I am going.”

 HYMN  “Red Book” 106                       “It Is Well With My Soul”




WORDS OF COMFORT                                                Pastor Lucke



Pastor:  Heavenly Father, give to the family of Arnold and to all who mourn comfort in their grief and a sure confidence in Your loving care that, casting all their sorrow on You, they may know the consolation of Your love.  Lord, in your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer. 

Pastor:  Give courage and faith to the bereaved, that within the communion of Your Church they may have strength to meet the days ahead in the assurance of a holy and certain hope and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love who have departed in the faith.  Lord, in Your mercy,

People:   hear our prayer. 

Pastor:  Receive our thanks for Arnold and for all the blessings You bestowed on him in this earthly life.  Bring us at last to our heavenly home that with him we may see You face to face in the joys of paradise.  Lord, in Your mercy,

People:  hear our prayer. 

Pastor:  O God of all grace, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to bring life and immortality to life.  We give You thanks that by His death He destroyed the power of death and by His resurrection He opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.  Strengthen us in the confidence that because He lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life nor things present nor things to come will be able to separate us from Your love, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:  Amen. 


ALL:           Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.



CLOSING HYMN  “Green Book” 439          “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”