On Saturday, 2nd September 2023, the Tema Congregation, family members and loved ones bid final farewell to the late Sister Vivian Mamaga Tulashie, the wife of District Elder Emmanuel Kwame Tulashie (retired). She passed to glory on the 8th May 2023 after a short illness at the age of 81.
The funeral service was conducted by Apostle Charles Addo Asare (Accra). He was accompanied and assisted by Apostle George Arko Sam (Takoradi) and Apostle Amos Osei-Du (Kumasi).
The bible text was taken from Psalm 39:4-5 “LORD, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before you; certainly every man at his best state is but vapour”.
The Apostle shared in the sorrow and pains of the bereaved family, the widower and the entire congregation and consoled the gathering of mourners. He expressed that the departed sister faithfully availed herself to the services of the Lord, received the Holy Sacraments and remained faithful till her final day on the earth. “Let us serve the Lord as she did. May the Lord comfort you. She made herself available for all the good things in the house of the Lord and we can say she is with the Lord.”
Life after here
The Apostle reminded the gathering about life after our natural physical death hence admonished all to model their lives on the word of God and live for Him. “Whoever believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, accepts His words and partakes in the sacraments and live for the Lord will live”.
Apostle Asare went further to explain three kinds of death:
- Physical death where the spirit separates from the body: “To you a Christian, physical death is a gain to you for if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord”, he said.
- Spiritual death, which occurs to those who do not accept the Lordship of Christ as a saviour and thereby are separated from Him.
- Second death, which occurs when there is an everlasting separation between man and the Lord and this will occur when Jesus returns. “This we must not allow to happen to us. Let us therefore be strong in the Lord”, he advised.
Lord, make me to know my end
“The thought of psalmist was on how his end was going to be . He has given his all to the Lord .Do we also think about this? That won’t be far from now no matter how long our days will be. We are in the time of grace and must consider our ways and we won’t remain here for long. Why can’t we humble ourselves and eschew pride? Let us strive to love and care for our neighbor for God is love and He expects us to demonstrate this love. We heard and witnessed good works of our late sister and mother. Her commitment and dedication to the Lord and His work, her services to the community she lived in , her support to her husband who served for several years as a minister . Can good reports be given about us when we also depart?”
Let the Lord Jesus be our example!
“Let us learn from the Lord Jesus Christ. Our words and actions must reflect the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we bear the name of Christ, let us live for Him and be with Him when He appears in His glory. Let us be reminded that our days are short. Let us give our all to the Lord so that when He appears, He will accept us into eternal life.”
Also in attendance were retired Apostles Fenyi and Kotei Afutu as well as District Elder Kyere.