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Funeral Readings

Posted in Funerals & Memorials

Funeral Readings Information

Many individuals choose to read poems or other funeral readings at a memorial service because they can have a positive affect on the service. Readings that express overwhelming feelings and that apply to the deceased can also be very uplifting and can help with bereavement. If can be very difficult to find a fitting reading when you are grieving for the loss of a loved one so many will turn to books, the bible, poems, or songs, or other sources.

There are so many to choose from and readings can also be quotes from popular literary sources, quotes from poems, or even quotes from songs. Some people may choose to come up with their own custom reading just as someone would write a eulogy. This is perhaps the most thoughtful and creative part of making funeral arrangements, but it is also one of the most important parts of planning funerals.

Many feel that funeral readings help the family and relative of the deceased to cope with the death of their loved one. They also see these readings as a sort of emotional relief as they may receive a different perspective of the sad day. The readings should provide words of comfort that are true to the character of the deceased.

There are numerous readings that are written by famous authors and poets, song writers and there are many that were written by anonymous people. Many readings are quotes or passages from the bible or poems written by loved ones. When selecting a reading as part of the funeral services it is important to ensure that you choose something that will not be too overwhelming or upsetting to those attending. It is a time to use extra caution and sensitivity. The funeral readings are perhaps one of the most important parts when funeral planning.

Below is a reading that was written anonymously.

Prayer of Faith
We trust that beyond absence there is a presence.
That beyond the pain there can be healing.
That beyond the brokenness there can be wholeness.
That beyond the anger there may be peace.
That beyond the hurting there may be forgiveness.
That beyond the silence there may be the word.
That beyond the word there may be understanding.
That through understanding there is love.
Author Unknown

If you find yourself in need of a minister to walk you through this difficult time in your life please contact us at 713-208-2025 for a complimentary phone consultation. Together we can find the right words to create a fitting tribute to your loved one.

Please allow Minister Services to walk you through this difficult time in your life. You may also view other articles in our Minister Services blog for more helpful information.


Baptism Party

Posted in Baptisms & Christenings

Baptism Party Ideas

Most baptisms are followed by a baptism party to celebrate the joyous occasion. Most parents of the newly baptized baby will invite family and friends who attended the baby christening to a location following the ceremony for refreshments and food. The type of party of course depends on the number of people attending as well as the time of day the party occurs. In today’s article we discuss various party ideas for a baby blessing or naming ceremony.

Venue – The venue is usually in a location that is close to the church or to the location of where the baby christening took place. Some people choose to host the party at their home, at a neighborhood park, or in another public place. Keep in mind the time of day as well as the potential weather conditions for those parties that may occur outside.

Food and Refreshments – The type of food and refreshments will also depend on the time of day that the party will take place. Some may choose to have afternoon tea for those that occur in the early afternoon, as well as some finger foods and cake. Some people prefer to host a back yard BBQ or a buffet of some sort. For a christening that takes place in spring or summer, back yard BBQ’s are very popular and some choose to make a day of it by adding back yard games such as volleyball, football, and more. Just don’t forget to include a drink for toasting such as champagne or sparkling cider, as well as desert for your baptism party.

Entertainment – Many people will set up a TV room for children to watch videos and play games in while the adults interact. Again, if you are planning back yard BBQ the entertainment ideas are really endless. Many people will come up with a few games for guests to play.

Decorative Ideas – Some people will make photo baptism centerpieces. Many will buy teddy bears to include on a table with the teddy bears holding a small framed photo of the baby. Others may use angels instead of teddy bears. Pictures of the baby in general anywhere they can be seen are a great way to decorate.

There are other items to think about such as keepsake ideas, baptismal gifts, and baptism favors. Planning a baptism party can be a lot of work, so just be sure that you remember to have fun and to enjoy the occasion.

If you are in need of an officiant to conduct your baby blessing ceremony, christening, or naming ceremony, please contact us at Houston Minister Services or you can continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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Wedding Checklist

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

There are so many things to think about when planning a wedding that it can be very overwhelming. A wedding checklist is the key to ensuring that not one detail is missed! Today’s article is a continuation of the Wedding Planning article previously posted in the Alternative Custom Weddings section of our blog. In today’s article we discuss those important details for the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception that occur in the weeks preceding the big day!

Two weeks out

  • Final wedding dress fitting along with lingerie and wedding shoes
  • Start to work on seating plan and place cards
  • Address announcements
  • Find a pet sitter and house sitter if need be
  • Notify caterer of estimated head count
  • Write toasts
  • Coordinate delivery of welcome baskets to out-of-town guests

One week out (wedding checklist)

  • Finalize the seating plan
  • Pick up dress or have it delivered after final alterations
  • Pack for the honeymoon (or for destination beach wedding)
  • Confirm final head count with the caterer
  • Confirm honeymoon arrangements and provide itinerary to family or friend in case of emergency
  • Assign duties to honorary attendants such as passing out wedding programs for the wedding ceremonies, dispersing bouquets, boutonnieres, etc.

One day before (wedding checklist)

  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Ceremony rehearsal with wedding officiant and rehearsal dinner
  • Give gifts to wedding party, parents, grand parents, children, etc.
  • Prepare money envelopes for tips and final payments to vendors
  • Confirm transportation to and from ceremony, reception, and airport.
  • Give wedding announcements to someone for mailing after the wedding

Wedding Day

  • Relax and enjoy yourself!
  • See our Wedding Day Checklist article for those items that should be taken care of on or before your wedding day

While no wedding is alike there may be items on this list that you won’t do or more items that you will do, depending on the wedding ideas and ceremony options that you have planned for. Hopefully, however this list provides a detailed itemization of those items that you may need to prepare for on your big day.

For more information on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony or if you are in need of a wedding officiant, please contact us at Minister Services or continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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