A Celebration of the Life of Phillip (Phill) Nimke

Sunrise: January 30, 1939 Sunset: April 6, 2023

Sunday, April 23, 2023, 2:00 pm — Trinity United Methodist Church

Gathering Music: Country/Gospel medley: Pauline Olsen, organ, and Donna Grubbs, piano

Welcome: Rev. Desi Larson

The Call to Celebration:

Leader: Friends, we have come here together to give thanks to God for Phill Nimke and to celebrate his entry into life eternal.
People: We have come to share in the joy that the memories of Phill revive in our hearts, making him real within us.
Leader: We have also come to share our loneliness and sorrow because we love and miss Phill.
People: We have come to affirm our faith, to proclaim that life is more powerful than death, and that faith overcomes all fear.
Leader: And so we rejoice and give thanks.
People: For we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Leader: In the light of resurrection, let us worship God, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of our lives.
People: Blessed be the Lord our God, forever!

Opening Prayer

Hymn 361: Rock of Ages, vs 1, 3

Scripture Reading: John 14:1-4, 18-19, 25-27

Celebration of Life: Rev. Desi Larson

Visual Memories


Family Remembrances

Hymn 314: In the Garden, vs 1, 3

Psalm 121

Prayer of Commendation

The Lord’s Prayer: UM Hymnal p. 10-11

Hymn 378: Amazing Grace, vs 1, 3, 6

The Blessing:

Leader: Christ went before us in death, as has our loved one, Phill, showing us the way into eternal life.
People: We give thanks for the good life we have shared with Phill, and rejoice that he fully knows the peace and joy of life eternal.
Leader: God has given, and God has received Phill whom God has loved.
People: We are thankful for all the good days that we shared.
Leader: May God our Creator, Jesus our Companion and Lord, and the Holy Spirit our Sustainer fortify in us every good deed and word.
People: May the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us now and always. Amen.

Postlude: Happy Trails; Pauline Olsen, organ