Annie’s Thanksgiving Service – Live Stream

On Friday, April 5th 2013 at 4pm (GMT – UK Time) we will be gathering to give thanks to God for my Annie’s life He gave and saved.

It will be an occasion for memories, singing, praise and testimony to the goodness and faithfulness of God to and through Annie.

If you can make it to the venue that will be great. However, for those that are unable, we plan to live stream it via the internet.

You will need to ensure that you have a good strong internet connection. We can make no promises that the stream will be perfect because we are using a free third party provider. However, we have run tests and with the exception of a few commercials at the beginning and a 10-30 second lag, all has been well.

On rare occasions some tests have resulted in seeing a black screen or a black screen with the USTREAM logo in the centre. Our remedy has been to either use a different internet browser, restart the computer or reset the router. You definitely want to ensure that other internet usage programs (e.g. Skype, Twitter etc) are closed so that they are not sucking any of your internet bandwidth.

We will aim to start the broadcasting 15-30 minutes before the start of the service.

Please check your local time zones and act accordingly. For example, for those of you on the East Coast of the United States, you are most likely on Eastern Standard Time which is GMT -5 hours so you’ll be watching the footage in real time at your local time of 11am (broadcasting from around 10:30am).

We will also be filming the entire service so that it can be uploaded to the blog at a later date.

Either of the following two links will take you to the live stream:

Link 1 – http://ustre.am/214OClick Here

Link 2 – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rybes – Click Here

I will not be able to deal with any technical issues, but I will be praying that it goes smoothly for all our viewers. Brothers and sisters, please support and join us in prayer on the day too. We desire all the glory to reflect God and be given to God.

ORDER OF SERVICE

  • Welcome – Pastor Roy Summers
  • Photo Montage
  • Prayer – Pastor Roy Summers
  • Hymn – Rock of Ages
  • Reading – Song of Songs Chapter 2 – Mark and Annabel Morgan
  • Song – Annie’s Song – performed by Patience Wells
  • Memory Testimony – Philippa Jelfs and Frances Collett
  • Hymn – Praise the Mighty Name of Jesus
  • Reading – Psalm 63:1-8 – John Lodge
  • Address – Ryan Muliette
  • Hymn – Forever
  • Song – Lord You Know – performed by Josh Morgan and Ryan Muliette
  • Memory Testimony – Naomi Higton and Jonny Wilson
  • Song – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – performed by Youth of Manor Park
  • Memory Testimony – Larry and Debbie Kineman
  • Memory Testimony – Natania Eicher and Alicia Adams
  • Hymn – The Lord’s My Shepherd
  • Your Memories – lead by Neil Higton
  • Poem – How? – Read by Anastasia Rivers; “I stand amazed in the Presence” performed by Patience Wells
  • Hyn – Oh The Deep, Deep love of Jesus
  • Close – Roy Summers
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My Annie’s Funeral and Thanksgiving Service

Dear Broken Chariots followers and friends,

Thank you for your thoughts and your kind and comforting words.

And for those of you who truly know and follow, worship and serve, trust and obey, love and adore, experience and desire our Creator, our Master, our King, our Good Shepherd, our Mighty God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit…thank you so much for your prayers to Him and through Him. They sustain me and grant me peace and strength right now. 

The fact that Annie is now with Jesus is as sure and as certain as the fact that she is no longer with me. However, the process of me realising both those things is incomplete and slow and may take a long time to root and flourish. But I know that as the Lord helps me to accept the pain of the one, the joy of the other will increase.

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. – Psalm 63:3

I will invariably refer to Annie as ‘my’ Annie and ‘my’ wife and I want you to know that I mean it in the past tense because I have now fully released her into the hands of her first true love; the perfect bridegroom, Jesus Christ. She always did belong to Him first. He entrusted her to me for a period – a season – just as He entrusted me to her. As a husband He gave me head responsibility over Annie and what a wonderful honour and privilege it was. The best I have ever had.

The memory of the righteous is a blessing – Proverbs 10:7

Letting go of my Annie does not mean I let go of the memory of the great blessing that she was – a blessing which effects and enhances even the present and the future for me – and many others. The Lord actually commands me to remember and count that blessing! Not exactly a tiresome, difficult command!

But then, that is the essence of every one of His commands to me. Jesus said:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

All I want to do is listen to Him, trust Him and obey Him. Because I love Him.

One of my final responsibilities is to prayerfully prepare the funeral and thanksgiving service for my dear Annie. It’s an opportunity to honour our Lord with worship and praise for the life and new eternal life that He gave and graced my Annie with.

It’s weird that ‘funeral’ has the word ‘fun’ in it. I wouldn’t know the etymology behind that word but I know that as followers of Jesus we:

do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Plans are now underway for the funeral and thanksgiving for my dear Annie. The thanksgiving service will be an opportunity to pour out the blended tears of grief and joy, and voice the harmonies of pain and praise all to the glory of our God and King.

If you are a known friend or family member, no doubt you will hear – or be able to contact someone – about the details of the service as they surface. However, we would like to open the invitation out to those who may only know us via this blog; or those we knew of in the past but have lost touch with since (I’m including our Banner of Truth friends here as well!) If you would like to come, please send us your details via the form below and we will gladly pass on further details as soon as possible.

We hope that a buffet tea will follow the thanksgiving service but I am afraid you will have to make your own transport and accommodation arrangements for the event.

Thank you.

My love in Him,

r&J

Life and Latte – Q&A Session

Cancer has opened up doors to many experiences and opportunities that Annie and I might not have had without it. One of the great opportunities is being able to meet so many people and share our faith.

We often hear folks say things like:

“I wish I had your faith!”

Maybe it’s just a politically correct pleasantry; maybe it’s genuine.

The faith that we have isn’t a commodity, neither is it a disposition that you’re either born with or into. Our faith is exercised in the same way as every other human being exercises their faith. (This blog post might be of some interest.)

If you’ve been following the blog and are genuinely interesting in learning more about Christian faith, then I am sure you’ve got a lot of questions – otherwise, what’s stopping you from making your wish come true?

Tomorrow night we are hosting a Question and Answer session for anyone who is seeking, exploring or beginning the journey of faith in Jesus. The same session is for anyone who considers themselves a skeptic too!

All are welcome!

The event will take place tomorrow from 6pm until 8pm at the Coppertops Pub (click here for directions). There will be fresh coffee and lush cakes. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for asking questions either anonymously or not!

THE EVENT IS COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!

Really hope to see you there. Drop me a line (use the comments section on this blog – it will come to me privately without displaying information) if you need help getting there.

R&A

Order ‘The Hard Road’ featuring Annie’s Song

FYI

  • The packaged CD EP costs £5 per album;
  • Postage and packaging within the UK is an added £3 per album (rate may vary with multiple copies);
  • We’ll package and ship it outside of the UK based on the international mail carrier of your choice at no extra cost other than the carrier price and the cost of the mail packaging;
  • Options for payment can be arranged and agreed via email following your request;
  • There are currently only a limited amount of albums produced and available – we’ll process purely on a first come first served basis!

Please ensure you enter your email address so that we can continue any correspondence with regards to postal arrangements and payment via email.

Don’t worry, you won’t get spammed or any circulars! It’s just the easiest way to go about dealing with an order.

R&A