Roberta Harbor Bolton
May 5, 1920 - February 25, 2015
February 28, 2015
Purpose of a funeral service:
The grace and peace of our Lord Christ be with us all.
On behalf of Carolyn, Billie, Doug, and their families, on behalf of the grandchildren who dearly loved and admired their grandmother, we welcome everyone to this gathering in this place of Commerce Presbyterian Church.
In the presence of one another, and in the communion of the saints,
We come together to celebrate the life and love of Roberta Harbor Bolton.
We give thanks to God for every expression of God’s grace we experienced in and from and with Roberta.
We accept her death as God’s mercy and blessing upon nearly 95 years of life among us.
In this worship service, we will ask the God of Comfort to strengthen us in our grief;
To assure us that God’s reconciling mercy will prevail;
and claim resurrection hope for us.
The family emphasized they wanted this to be a celebration. And so we will celebrate.
We will celebrate with tears. We will celebrate with laughter. We will celebrate with deep sighs, we will celebrate with stories, song and prayers.
Finally we will profess the faith of the Christian Church, grounded in God’s victory over death, revealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and, abiding in that faith and hope we will commend Roberta to God’s eternal being with gratitude and great joy.
Hear these gracious words from Scripture:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
I am convinced 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.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.
O God our Maker,
we bless you for the great company of all those who have kept the faith, finished their race, and who now rest from their labor. As we gather to remember and to celebrate the life of one whose life was blessed with many years, we give you thanks for those dear to us who preceded her in death, whom we name in our hearts before you. . . .
And now, at this time and in this place we thank you for Roberta;
we trust you have received her into your presence.
In this mystery of life and faith, we cling to the hope we experience as we share her story, wrapped in your own story of love for this world.
As Roberta was nearing death, she asked her son Doug if she could go home...he gently touched her forehead and reassured her, you are going home, Mama. You’ll be home real soon. We rejoice in picture painted in scripture of all your saints gathered in your home, in your eternal loving presence.
So We worship you, in this moment O Triune God; and we pray these things in the name of the one you raised from the grave, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Come, let us raise a joyful song, A shout of triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Our hymn is #339 in the blue hymnal. As you are able, please stand to sing.
Miriam Moncrief, this church’s administrator, asked me this week to run by LifeWay near my home, to pick up bulletins for this occasion, saying, “we don’t have enough bulletins for Roberta Bolton’s funeral!” Many of those dear to her, siblings, family members, friends, co-workers, have gone before her, still there are plenty around who care to celebrate the life, commitment, steadfastness, and love of Roberta.