Good Shepherd has constructed a Columbarium and Memorial Garden. The Columbarium presented to Good Shepherd is the most beautiful outdoor Columbarium in Bartlesville. For more than a decade, this has been the dream of many in our congregation. Even so I recognize that the concept may be unfamiliar to some of you. The word columbarium comes from a Latin root meaning the resting place of doves. In the Christian tradition, the dove represents the Spirit and peace of God.
The establishment of this Columbarium on Good Shepherd’s grounds provides a peaceful environment for individual cremains in an above-ground vault within a beautiful and secure garden environment. For many within Good Shepherd, this church has been a center of life; it is appropriate for there to be a place here for their earthly life to be remembered and their heavenly life celebrated.
On the website you will find materials to help you understand the purpose of our Columbarium and to answer many of your questions about purchasing niches. For additional information, please contact Melissa (Melissa@gspcok.org) or 918-333-1708.
The Bible reminds us that God provides us with two miraculous bodies. The first is a physical body that is suited for the brief span of our life in this world. The second is a spiritual body that will suit us for eternal life in the next world.
So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. (1Corinthians 15:42-44)
Jesus said, My Father’s house should be a house of prayer. This Columbarium and Memorial Garden now joins the Sanctuary, as yet another point where heaven and earth come particularly close together, and where we can experience communion with the Good Shepherd who walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death and into the glory of eternal life.