Christian Memorial Service for
Christopher John Bruck
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Springfield, Missouri
Sunday, August 30th, 2020
This brief order of worship is intended for the memorial service of one who has departed this life in the Christian faith. With the Word of God, the Christian Church comforts the bereaved family and friends and confesses its lasting hope in the resurrection of the dead in Christ. In Him, our Savior, we find joy in all times, even in the hour of sadness.
The Order of Service
Psalm 46: God Is Our Refuge and Strength
Greeting and Prayer
Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd
Hymn: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” insert #411
Pastor: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. The apostle Paul writes to the Romans: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Jesus gives us this comfort: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Death has been swallowed up in victory! Thanks be to God!
Congr: He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor: When Christ, who is our life, appears,
Congr: Then we also will appear with Him in glory.
Pastor: We will be before the throne of God
Congr: And serve Him day and night in His temple.
Pastor: Never again will we hunger;
Congr: Never again will we thirst.
Pastor: For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be our
Shepherd; He will lead us to springs of living water.
Congr: And God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Pastor: Let us pray….
Duet: “Because He Lives”
Isaiah 40:1-11 Comfort from the Shepherd to believers in distress.
John 3:14-18 God loved the world, so He gave His Son.
(One of Chris’s favorite Bible passages.)
Hymn: “On Eagles’ Wings” insert #440
The Sermon: “Here Is the Calm in Your Storm – In Me, Jesus! Mark 4:35-41
The Confession of Faith: The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and
is seated on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
Pastor: Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Hymn: “How Great Thou Art” insert #256
The Organist: Jane Rips
The Preacher: Rev. Edwin Lehmann,
After glorifying God for the saving mercies He has shown to His servant now fallen asleep in Jesus, we leave comforted and strengthened by God’s Word. In faith we press on, awaiting the time He gathers each believer in His arms to His heavenly home and reunites us with our loved ones who passed this life in Him.
Thank you for coming today. May Christ be glorified in all that we say and do. And may He grant you safe travels on your way home.
They are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Christian Funeral Service – Christopher John Bruck
August 29/30, 2020 Text: Mark 4:35-41 20:2210
Theme: Here Is the Calm in Your Storm – In Jesus.
If you could come up with one word that best describes Chris Bruck to you, what would it be? One word, just one!
I had a hard time with this one. I finally came up with the word “coy.” I don’t know if that’s right. Do you know what coy means?
A coy person tends to show himself as quiet, almost shy, bashful. I don’t think that I would ever call Chris Bruck bashful. Quite the opposite! He would tell you straight up what he thought. But he could pretend to be quiet, always thinking, looking to see what you would say or do first. He could catch me off guard.
Once when we were considering what to do in Sunday Bible class, he suggested having members write down questions that they had, especially as they sought to witness to the truths of God’s Word to family and friends. So, I asked the members to write down their questions. There were about 20 of them that came back to me. Twenty. And everyone of them was, guess whose….Chris’s! See, he didn’t tell me that beforehand. He just kept it to himself.
Another example, sort of. Chris sang in the choir. I don’t know how well he read music, but he liked music, so he joined the choir. We would go along in practice. Then he would ask a question, a loaded question, if you know what I mean, or he would tell a story or a joke. Then, while I was trying to figure out what he was saying, he would laugh and laugh – a type of Santa Claus laugh.
He also had what I would call a “poker” expression on his face. But then he would zing you with something and get the biggest kick out of what he accomplished. I don’t know if I have described it well, but that’s what I mean by “coy” – pretending to be one thing, but then playfully being another when you weren’t expecting it.
- When you are not expecting it and are caught off guard…
When a person isn’t expecting it….. I wasn’t expecting this, that we would be here today under these circumstances, at least not yet. Chris is only 2 years older than I am. I wasn’t expecting this.
I thought he would come out of the virus alright. But the Lord had other plans, and there are a lot of things happening right now during this pandemic that we simply are not expecting. It catches us off guard.
Do such things catch Jesus off guard? No. He knows; He has His purposes, and He promises us that “all things work together for good to those who love Him” (Rm.8:28), even when we can’t see it. In fact, the psalmist writes that He “fulfills His purposes for me” (57:2). But we don’t always expect them. It catches us off guard.
Do you think that these disciples expected this storm to come up on the lake – and that their Lord had a purpose in it for them? No. According to Mark’s account, He had been teaching parables about the Kingdom of Heaven to the crowd all day long. He taught the Parable of the Sower and the Seed; He taught the Parables of the Growing Seed and the Mustard Seed (Mk.4). He also healed many people (Mt.7). He talked to them like no one had ever talked to them before, about forgiveness, life, and faith in Him.
But it was growing dark. Jesus turned to His 12 friends and said, “Let’s go to the other side of the lake.” They got into a boat and picked up the oars. As they did, Jesus went to the back of the boat to rest. There He fell asleep, worn out by the day’s work.
It was about 7 miles to cross the lake. Somewhere in the middle, an unexpected storm began to brew and caught the disciples off guard. The wind sprang up, the water grew rough, the waves dashed against the boat, tossing it about as though it were just a piece of driftwood. No matter how hard they pulled or how fast they bailed, the boat began to fill with water.
These men were no weaklings. They were fishermen, at home on this lake where they made their living. They had been in many a storm. But not one like this, that caught them off guard by its severity. It was a storm the likes of which men don’t come back alive. Were they going to drown just now – when least expected – when life seemed so worth living because they had found the Messiah? With troubled, fear-filled eyes, they stared at each other.
- …the Savior stands forth and quiets things.
Meanwhile, Jesus still slept quietly in the back of the boat. They shook Him awake. “Lord, don’t you care! We are going to drown!” Without a word to them, He rose to His feet. With a wave of His hand and a word of rebuke to the wind and the sea He called to the elements, “Hush! Be still!” The sea immediately grew calm and the howling winds subsided. And there, in the glorious, mystic calm that followed the storm, our Lord stood forth in His glory. And so that we might not miss the impact and comfort of it all, but might grow firmer in our faith in Him, He called, “Why are you afraid? Where is your faith? It is here in me – Jesus, your Savior. I am the calm in your storm.”
Think about that, dear friends, as we are gathered here today. The Savior stood forth and quieted things. Then He spoke to His disciples, not during the storm, but after the raging tempest subsided. He spoke, not before He acted, but following it. He spoke, not before the trouble arose, but after it had surfaced. And in that you have the picture you need for your time of grief.
It is a strong picture of the One who sees His people in their need in the situations that life brings. When they are caught off guard and aren’t expecting that which takes place, He stands forth to help and embraces each believer in His arms. He knows where you are and invites, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt.11:28).
What better, safer place can each of us be today, when we have so many fears, so many questions at the loss of our friend, Chris? What better place to find ourselves than in the calming arms of the Savior. “He tends His flock like a shepherd; He gathers them in His arms and carries them close to His heart” (Is.40:10-11). Here is the calm in your storm – in Jesus.
He holds not just the wind and the waves in His hands, but He holds you and all who believe in Him, like Chris did, as the Savior who died for his sins and rose again for his life. He holds us and holds back the fears that could so easily arise within us. With His blood He cleansed us. With His Spirit He makes us His own. And with His Word He will guide, strengthen, and keep you, Dee and you girls, safe in the days that lie ahead. Will there be sad times? On, I am sure! But we will also remember the good times we had with our friend. And most of all remember that the Lord blessed you with a husband, a father, a brother, a friend who knew Christ Jesus as his Savior. He is the calm in the storm for Chris now, for the Lord has drawn our friend into the safe Haven that is above. In what better, safer, and happier place can the believer be in these unsettling times than safely, calmly gathered into the Savior’s arms.
Here is the calm in your storm too – in Jesus, your Savior. God grant you that comfort and rest in faith for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Christopher John Bruck
Christopher John Bruck, 69, entered the Church Triumphant, Thursday, August 13, 2020. He was born April 15, 1951, to Christine Owens and Joseph Bruck in St. Louis, MO. He entered God’s Kingdom of Grace through the washing of Holy Baptism in June of 1951 in Ferguson, MO.
On October 15, 1982, Chris was united in marriage with the love of his life, Delores Pinson, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wentzville, MO. God blessed their marriage with the births of Jennifer and Angela.
Chris was a construction superintendent for commercial buildings in the St. Louis area. He enjoyed many hobbies and interests including being a private pilot, flying radio-controlled airplanes and helicopters, playing softball, coaching, boating and skiing, and computer gaming. In these later years he would often visit in the pastor’s office, appearing a little more tired than usual after staying up into the wee hours of the night gaming on the computer with friend Jim.
Chris and Dee became members at Zion Lutheran Church, Springfield, MO, in 2012, transferring from Apostles Lutheran Church (now, Christ Alone), in Dardenne Prairie, MO. He served Zion as congregational president. In summer one might see him bouncing around on the riding mower or, with sheers in hand, trimming bushes. In his own quiet way, he did many things behind the scenes for the welfare of our congregation as he served the Lord here. We could always count on him at district conventions in Minnesota to try and stump the pastors with many good questions about matters of faith.
Chris is survived by wife Deloris “Dee” Bruck; daughters Jenifer Bruck and Angela Meek; son-in-law Kyle Meek; grandchildren Ashanti Bruck, Aja Woodley, Ayce Woodley, (Step) Breanna Clevinger, Mckenna Boss, Rylyn and Olivia Meek; sisters and brothers Dorothy (Dottie) Wilmes, Betty Wittman, Janet Bruck, Donna O’Connor, Paul and Joe Bruck; nieces and nephews Crystal Syring, Ryan and Regan Sommer, Tami Asbridge, Blake Arnold, April, Trevor, Kara and Joe Bruck IV, Travis Bullock, Amber Byington, and Nick Bruck. Brother Raymond and sister Mary Feshenfeld preceded him in death.
As we bid God-speed to our member, friend, and brother in faith, we say “Farewell” only for a time, for we shall see him again, soon, above. Through faith in Christ, the Lord now graciously takes Chris to the best place he could be, by the Savior’s side. God grant us all
such a blessed life of faith and quiet rest at last.