Margate Community Church (MCC) is an interdenominational, community oriented congregation, over 400 people strong and representing more than 11 different denominations. We are united in God’s love through our shared commitment to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and our neighbors as ourselves.
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A message from the Pastor ...
As we are all well aware, we are not living or worshiping in normal times - to say the least! At least we’re worshiping together outdoors each Sunday and still streaming/videoing the service for those who cannot be with us on Sumner Avenue each week.
One of the topics we recently discussed at our Deacons’ Zoom meeting was the fact that we have lost some long-time members of our church during the pandemic, and we have not been able to honor and remember them with our church family gathering together for a memorial service.
This past week, I was given the opportunity and the honor to conduct a small graveside service for our dear Ted Moore with just a few of his family members in attendance.
As a way of remembering Ted for our congregational family, I’d like to share with you what I said at Ted’s graveside.
I began with a short reading of the familiar Ecclesiastes passage. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
There is an appointed time for everything.
And there is a time for every event under heaven -
A time to be born, and a time to die:
A time to plant, and a time to pull up what was planted.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to keep, and a time to throw away.
A time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for war, and a time for peace.
We are all here this morning because it is a time of remembrance. We’re here remembering and giving thanks for the life of a wonderful man - brother, uncle, great-uncle, family member and true friend - Charles Theodore “Ted” Moore. We’re here to honor his life - a long productive life of 97 years, a life well-lived, a life with varied occupations, a life that put service and love above self, a life that touched so many people, and certainly highest praise, a life that served Jesus Christ.
Ted’s long life had many facets to it. One of the reasons I chose to read the Ecclesiastes passage is because it speaks to all the seasons of life. So, particularly, I was thinking about Ted in terms of all the different seasons he lived in his 97 years.
He was born in Philadelphia, moved to North Jersey, and then settled in Ventnor and Margate for the last 60 years. He served his country in World War II and was awarded various medals for his service. He was a Mason, Vice President and Trustee of the Save Lucy Committee, a volunteer with the American Red Cross and a devoted member of the Margate Community Church.
Ted was also a talented stock market investor (who gave great advice!) and an entrepreneur. His different careers and businesses really intrigued me! He owned a paint store in Ocean City, then a motel on Frontenac Ave in Margate (where lots of family memories were made), and then a clothes cleaning business on Granville Avenue - Coronet Cleaners.
His nephew Ted remembers that he was always quite the “ladies’ man” and didn’t settle down early in life. He married Marion in our church when he was 69 years old.
The Ted I knew was committed to two things - his family and his faith. I also knew he was faithful and reliable, someone you could always count on.
He spent countless hours in the Margate Community Church that he loved so well—serving God as a Deacon and Trustee, a member of countless committees, and being part of a wonderful social group known as the MerriMates.
Needless to say, Ted wore a lot of “hats” in the church. When I came to the church nearly 2 years ago, he was a dedicated worker in the church office every Friday and a faithful church attendee EVERY Sunday. I knew exactly where Ted would be sitting, and if Ted wasn’t there, something was REALLY wrong!
To me, all of that speaks volumes about someone when they make their Time, Talents, and Treasures available to God to be used however God sees fit.
When I think about Ted, I see a description of a man from the Old Testament book of Micah that says: “What does God require of you? Only to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” (Micah 6).
I think that describes Ted to a “T.” I believe they were the guiding principles of his life.
Ted has given all of you, given all of us, a wonderful legacy—a legacy of the value of service to others, of genuinely caring for others, of generosity in every sense of the word, and a legacy of faith.
Ted lived his faith every single day - not that he was an evangelist - although one of his favorite greetings was, “God loves you and so do I" - but Ted lived as a follower of Jesus - using Jesus’ example of kindness and love to live his life in this world. And we were all the beneficiaries of the way he lived his life.
I remember that Ted also loved the familiar Psalm 23. I always say the King James Version, so if you know it and would like to say it with me, please do. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou annointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
One of the reasons, I believe Ted loved this Psalm is that it’s so simple - a simple expression of faith. Just as a shepherd guides the sheep, so the Good Shepherd guides us through life. Just as a shepherd guards the sheep, so the Good Shepherd guards us along the way of life. Just as the shepherd provides for and protects the sheep, so the Good Shepherd provides for and protects us. Just as the shepherd takes the sheep home to the fold when night comes, so the Good Shepherd takes us home to the fold called heaven when the night of life comes and day is over.
Last February 20, Ted’s Good Shepherd, our Lord Jesus, took him home to heaven just as he promised in John’s Gospel: “Let not your hearts be troubled. In my Father’s house are many rooms. I go to prepare a place for you. I will take you to myself so that you will be where I am.” (John 14:1-4 condensed).
Jesus led Ted by the hand to his heavenly home, and I believe he heard those wonderful words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy that has been prepared for you.”
We obviously feel sadness as we lay Ted in his final resting place. But we are here to remember the promises we have from God—the promises Ted believed—to give thanks to God for the gift God gave us in Ted, and to celebrate the life he shared with us.
Let me just close with the words of a lovely hymn that Ted actually requested for his memorial service entitled “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” (I think these are words that Ted would say to us this morning.)
“Why should I feel discouraged: Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home.
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free;
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
Let us have hope and courage as we remember that God will hold Ted and all of us forever, until we meet again. Amen.
~ Pastor Vicky
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