Tuesday, August 16, 2011

times of sorrow and thankfulness...

This last week has been one of sorrow for some of us as we have remembered the life of a great woman of the Presbyterian church in Australia.  Many of you (especially those from Queensland) will know Mrs Jenny Stark, a long serving member of Central Church Ipswich.

Last Thursday her funeral service was held in the Heritage building and it was filled to capacity, with overflow in the auditorium.

Jenny was the sort of woman we aspire to be; someone who served the Lord Jesus with all of her heart in so many ways.

Her legacy will live on in the lives of the many in whom she invested countless hours of time and care. Those who she mentored, taught, tutored, lead, guided and showed in so many practical ways how to love and serve the Lord.  Jenny knew what is was to put her faith in to practice and she was an inspiration to so many, especially young women.

This beautiful song was sung at her funeral (It is Not Death to die, Come Weary Saints album, Sovereign Grace Music.) 
 It is not Death to die, to leave this weary road,
and join the saints who dwell on high,
who’ve found their home with God.
It is not death to close the eyes long dimmed by tears,
and wake in joy before your throne,
delivered from our fears.
Encouraging words for our times of sorrow and thankfulness.

Jennifer Ann STARK

Aged 66 years, of Raceview, Ipswich, Queensland.
Wife and Soulmate to Ken. Eldest Child of Archie and Marjory of Coominya, Mother and Mother-in-law of Rebecca and Scott Muir, John and Alison Stark. Nana of Jasmine, Josiah, Soraya, Ari and Baxter.
Jenny went to her Lord on Thursday afternoon, 4th August, 2011, at home, with her Family.

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