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Held at Emmanuel Church in Wimbledon Village, London, Vernon was Lay Reader


The Funeral Service for Vernon Corea

1927 - 2002

At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday 3rd October 2002

Emmanuel Church

22 Ridgway, Wimbledon, SW19


3:40 p.m. at Putney Vale Crematorium, Stag Lane, SW15


Rev. Jonathan Fletcher

Hymn: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

              T O Chrisholm (1866 1960) 1923, 1951 Hope Publishing

Great is Thy faithfulness,

                O God my Father,

there is no shadow of turning

                with Thee;

Thou changest not,

                Thy compassions they fail not,

as Thou hast been

                Thou for ever wilt be.

           Great is Thy faithfulness,

           great is Thy faithfulness;

           morning by morning

           new mercies I see;

           all I have needed

           Thy hand hath provided, -

           great is Thy faithfulness,

                Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter,

                and spring-time and harvest,

sun, moon and stars

                in their courses above,

join with all nature in manifold witness

to Thy great faithfulness,

                mercy and love.

           Great is Thy faithfulness . . .

Pardon for sin,

                and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence

                to cheer and to guide;

strength for today

                and bright hope for tomorrow,

blessings all mine,

                with ten thousand beside!

           Great is Thy faithfulness . . .

1st Reading - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

Reader: Ernest Corea


Chorus: Rejoice In The Lord Always

From Philippians 4

Rejoice in the Lord always,

and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice in the Lord always,

and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice!

Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice!


Rebecca Caley

Praveen Wickramaratne

Ivan Corea

Chorus: Shine Jesus Shine

Graham Kendrick 1987 Make Way Music/Thankyou Music

Lord, the light of Your love is shining,

in the midst of the darkness, shining:

Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us;

set us free by the truth You now bring us -

shine on me, shine on me.

           Shine, Jesus, shine,

           fill this land with the Father's glory;

           blaze, Spirit, blaze,

           set our hearts on fire.

           Flow, river, flow,

           flood the nations with grace and mercy;

           send forth Your word, Lord,

           and let there be light!

Lord, I come to Your awesome presence,

from the shadows into Your radiance;

By Your blood I may enter Your brightness:

search me, try me, consume all my darkness -

shine on me, shine on me.

           Shine, Jesus, shine . . .

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness

so our faces display Your likeness,

ever changing from glory to glory:

mirrored here, may our lives tell Your story -

shine on me, shine on me.

           Shine, Jesus, shine . . .

2nd Reading - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Reader: Neville Jayaweera


Rev. Jonathan Fletcher


Rev. Christopher Davis

Hymn: Thine Be The Glory

                Edmond Burdy (1854 - 1932) tr. R Birch Hoyle (1875 - 1939)

Thine be the glory,

risen, conquering Son,

endless is the victory

                Thou o'er death hast won;

angels in bright raiment

                rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave-clothes

                where Thy body lay.

           Thine be the glory,

risen, conquering Son,

           endless is the victory

Thou o'er death hast won;

Lo! Jesus meets us,

                risen from the tomb;

lovingly He greets us,

                scatters fear and gloom;

let the Church with gladness

                hymns of triumph sing,

for her Lord now liveth;

                death hath lost its sting.

           Thine be the glory . . .

No more we doubt Thee,

                glorious Prince of life;

life is nought without Thee:

                aid us in our strife;

make us more than conquerors,

                through Thy deathless love:

bring us safe through Jordan

                to Thy home above.

           Thine be the glory . . .



Donations in Vernon Coreas name may be sent to the British Institute for Brain Injured Children, Knowle Hall, Bridgewater, Somerset.


Funeral Service of Vernon Corea