EPILOG

by Howard E. Wright (Arlene's fellow pilgrim for 28 years)

 

You would have thought with all of the problems Arlene went through she would have been down cast. Such was not the case.


She keep the faith and the victory right down to the last. It was a very hard struggle for Arlene the last 2 or 3 years of her life here on this earth. She had one physical problem after another. She went very peacefully into "The Brightness of His Glory" on November 28, 1995 at 7:40 PM.

Arlene lived what she preached. She loved the Lord with all of her heart, mind, soul and strength. The last two years of her life were filled with a lot of pain. She fell in a hospital on February 24, 1993. Five weeks later, after getting out of that hospital and going to another one, we discovered she had a compound fractured hip. She never did recover from this. She was mostly bedfast as a result of this. She was in various hospital some 15 to 17 times after this. This never stopped her from doing what she could. She was an accomplished pianist and would go play for the church services when she could barely motivate. Her last sermon was on October 8, 1995 in the morning worship service. This was a little over a month and one half before she went into "The Brightness of His Glory." She preached on the "I Am's of Jesus!" What a message. During this time it looked like she was on her way up. Her strength was coming back. She had graduated to a four prong cane. She was beginning to feel better. She was able to do more. We were encourage with her progress. Then she got pneumonia and had two more hospital stays before she went to be with the Lord.

Arlene was a real pray warrior. She had a long prayer list she went through every day. She loved God's Word. She lived to preach and witness for Jesus. She had a real influence on the people at the various hospitals she went to. She would tell them how wonderful Jesus was to her and get them talking about their experiences and cares. She would pray for them when she was so sick she could hardly talk. The nurses, at the hospital she was at the most, dearly loved her. She was always kind to them regardless of how sick she was. They treated her like a queen.

Arlene's funeral was not a sad occasion. It was a time of celebration. A time when one of God's children went to be with Him. God was there in a wonderful way. We were all blessed with His presence. It was His way of saying, "Arlene is all right. She is here with Me." Here is the order of her funeral service.

Funeral Service

Rev. Arlene R. Wright

December 3, 1995

Welcome Rev. Vince Flippo, pastor of the Mason City Church of the Nazarene in Mason City, Iowa.

Extinguish One Candle Representing the "Body", Allow the Candle Representing the "Spirit" to Burn.

Opening Scripture: Some Favorite Passages which were meaningful to Arlene:

John 14:13 "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

Psalm 23

Invocational Prayer

Congregational Hymn #85 "Amazing Grace"

Scriptural Passage: Psalm 34

Special: "It Took a Miracle" -- Kay Schumaker

Biography/ Eulogy -- Rev. Glen Moore, Arlene's Brother

Special: Arlene's Favorite: "The Love of God"-- Kay Schumaker

Scriptural Passage: Arlene's Favorite, Psalm 103

Pastoral Message: Dr. Pal L. Wright, District Superintendent (Joplin District Church of the Nazarene)

Pastoral Prayer: Dr. Pal L. Wright, District Superintendent (Joplin District Church of the Nazarene)
Scriptural Passage: Psalm 91

Special: How Great Thou Art -- Cathy Christensen

Scripture Meaningful to Arlene:

1 John 4:4 "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

1 John 5:4 "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

Transfer of Membership to Glory...to the Church Triumphant

Congregational Hymn 677 "Blest Be the Tie That Binds"

Closing Prayer

Announcements:

1. The Committal Service will be tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Cemetery

2. All are welcome to the After Service Fellowship in the downstairs fellowship hall.

This little poem, by one of Arlene's friends sent to her husband, sums up the whole thing very well.



GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST



God saw that she was getting tired,

And a cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around her

and whispered "Come with Me"--



With tearful eyes we watched

Her suffer and fade away--

Although we loved her dearly,

We could not make her stay.



A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands were laid to rest,

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.


sent to pastor Wright by Retta Sheeley



May the Lord bless you as you labor to enter into

"THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY".

Arlene is greatly loved and missed by her husband, family and friends, but none of us would want her to have to come back to this world of sin and woe. We look forward to joining her some day in "The Brightness of His Glory"! In the mean time I don't think she is to far away from us. She is one of those who are of the great company of the saints who are cheering us on to enter into "THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY"!

© 1997 Howard E. Wright

You are permitted to make one (1) copy of this book for your own personal use without my written permission.


Notice

      All funds received from the sell of this book is going
      toward scholarship funds to help Indian Christian Workers
      who are studying for the ministry and to help advance the 
      Christian ministry in mission projects around the world. 
      If the Lord should lead you to give a donation to Arlene's 
      memorial fund you are encouraged to do so. 
                
                    Just make your check payable to:
                   "The Arlene Wright Memorial Fund". 
 
          Address: Arlene Wright Memorial Fund 
                   407 E Wilson - Yates Center KS  66783-1575. 

      Thank you very much.  Pray for me as I administer this 
      fund. If there is any mission project you want your 
      donation to be awarded, please let me know.  
 
      My E-mail address:  hewright@iolaks.com or you may write
      me at the address listed above. Howard Eugene Wright



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