The tragic death of Temperance Hunt on Friday, September 13, 2019 has brought tremendous grief to our entire church family. She was a beautiful child who was loved and cherished by many in our church congregation including her father, grandmother, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles – all of whom attend our church. Although Temperance’s mother does not attend our church, we love her and grieve with her during this difficult time and have helped her on many occasions in the past.
On Sunday, September 15, Pastor Jeremy Lobdell acknowledged the tragedy surrounding Temperance’s death in our church service. This information had already been made public by the family. Many of Temperance’s immediate and extended family members, including her father, were seated in the front rows of our worship service. We had also received multiple requests from family members for prayer, and as a result our prayer chain had been mobilized.
Pastor Jeremy’s recognition of the family members and Temperance’s passing were not sermon illustrations. Unedited and understood in the full context of our service, his words were intended to honor the faith of the family members who, in the midst of their grief, had just sung about the goodness of God. Pastor Jeremy’s words were also a call for our church to recognize that even in the midst of pain and tragedy, God is still good, He still cares for us, and He will bring comfort and healing to the brokenhearted.
In the weeks since the tragedy, hundreds of people from our church have surrounded Temperance’s family members with tangible care, comfort, love, and prayer. We will continue to do so. We consider it a privilege to care for and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ. We ask you to join us in praying for everyone involved.
Sermon Series: A Redemptive Story
Sermon Title: What to Do When Tragedy Strikes
Scripture Reference: Ruth 1:1-5
Speaker: Pastor Jeremy K. Lobdell