Before the service, as prelude music this arrangement of the song Joy in the Salvation Army was played (it's number 8 in the playlist).
The scripture texts were Psalm 23, Isaiah 49: 1 - 7, and 1 Corinthians 15: 50 - 58.
Congregational songs were: What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Greater Things
She’d been a faithful servant of God throughout her life, in many different roles, and in a variety of works – but at the end, all of that seemed to be slipping away with her memory and her mind. Like the servant of the prophet Isaiah’s second servant song, “I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity…” (Isaiah 49: 4)
Life is difficult and filled with struggle. And sometimes the all the good we do seems to get swallowed up by that struggle, forgotten like the names and faces in Donna’s memory. The servant of Isaiah’s song was chosen and equipped by God for a good work – to serve the Lord, and to bring glory to God. But in the end the servant felt like a failure. His sword was blunted, his arrows spent.
But the servant, discouraged as he was, never gave up his faith: “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity, yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.” And Donna’s faith, also, never diminished, even as her life was fading away. She trusted in the grace and goodness of God.
Death has no victory over her. Death has no sting. Thanks be to God. He has given Donna and he has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Her life and labor were not in vain (1 Cor. 15: 50 - 58). She has been welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven and she has heard the master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
The service concluded with an arrangement of Herbert Booth's (son of Salvation Army founders, William and Catherine Booth) Promoted to Glory. This arrangement ends with a Salvation Army benediction, "Praise God, I'm saved! Praise God, I'm saved. All's well. All's well. He sets me free!"