A Service of Worship to Celebrate the Life of
Preston Eugene Burner
(February 23, 1927- May 10, 2000)
May 13, 2000
WELCOME AND OPENING WORDS
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me shall live, even though they die.
Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Jesus said, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
I died and behold, now I am alive forevermore.”
Jesus said, and this we believe,
“Because I live, you shall live also.”
*A PRAYER OF INVOCATION
Lord God, you have created us, protected us, and preserved us. You have been with us in every moment of every day of our lives. Even before we were brought forth into life on this earth, you knew us and loved us. So let your presence be felt and known here today as we gather in the face of death and loss.
While you lived among us in Christ Jesus, you too tasted death, and yet you triumphed over it with resurrection and new life. Help us to hear that Good News again, and in hearing to believe, and in believing to trust in you, and to live in hope and joy. Amen.
SOLO: “God of Our Fathers” Anne Hurley, soloist
REMEMBRANCE AND PROCLAMATION
Witness: Ralph S. Buckley, M.D., Nephew
Witness: Richard K. Thompson, Masonic Brother
*Hymn of Praise #593 (verses 1 & 2): “Here I Am, Lord”
Old Testament Lesson: Jeremiah 17 (selected verses), Ronald E. Burner reading
The Gospel: Matthew 5:3-10, Family members reading
Solo: “A Prayer of St. Francis” Dot Montague, soloist
Meditation: Rev. Dave Lough
*FROM ROMANS 8
If God is for us, what does it matter who may be against us?
Surely God, who was willing to give up the only Son, will see to it that through the Son we have what we need!
Who can separate us from the love of Christ?
Can trouble do it, or hardship? Can persecution do it, or hunger, or poverty, or danger, or death?
No, in all such things we have complete victory through the God who loves us!
And of this we can be certain: Nothing in death or life, not angels nor earthly or heavenly powers, not the present nor the future, not the world above nor the world below, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.
SONG: “Peace Is Flowing Like A River” Kevin Davidson and Edward Burner
INTERCESSIONS AND THANKSGIVINGS
Hear our prayer, O Lord,
as we pray in the name of Christ.
THE PRAYER OF COMMENDATION
Lord God, we give you thanks for the life of our friend, Preston Burner.
We give you thanks that he lived among us, that we shared these years with
him upon this earth, that we learned love from him, and that you gave him
many years which he used well.
We are grateful also, Lord, for the certainty with which we can now release him to you.
For we trust in your love for him, and for us! And we believe your promise
that beyond this death lies new life to come.
Receive him now, Lord, and remember us who live here without him.
Heal the hurt in our hearts today. Fill the void left by his absence. Turn our
present emptiness into good and happy memories. Help us to live in ways that
would make him proud. And teach us to remember that we too must face
death, and so to live it responsibly and well.
For you alone, O God, are eternal!
To you eternal Creator, to you Jesus Christ, supreme example of what human
life can be, to you Holy Spirit, our source of comfort and praise, to you the
only living God be all praise and the glory, now and forever! Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
*CLOSING HYMN #89, verses 1 & 2: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”
Preston, you will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who love you, including mine. The things I do and say, my conduct as a father and husband, are all influenced in intangible ways by your guidance, friendship, and mentoring. You will live forever in the wind in the trees, in the air we breath and in the stories we pass down from generation to generation. –E-mail from Peter Riebling to Preston on February 15, 2000.
Rev. David E. Lough,
Epiphany United Methodist Church, Vienna, Virginia
Aires Domingus, Richard K. Thompson, Reno E. Burner,
Thor R. Burner, Peter Riebling, Elias Saber
Honorary: Charles Daghir
Freda A. Burner, Priscilla Vansteelant, Ronald E. Burner, Edward V. Burner
Grandchildren: Reno Burner, Thor Burner, Melissa Weisgerber, Aaron Vansteelant
And 2 great grandchildren
Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery, Falls Church.
A lunch will be served for family and friends at Kena Temple, 9001 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax.
“But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint..” (Isaiah 40:31)
“Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there; I did not die.”