Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Luke's Service

We so appreciate all of your prayers. I'm posting the order of service so that you will know what is happening, starting at 10:00am on Thursday. I know many will be praying. Please also pray that we will be able to rest tonight. We love you all and are grateful to God for you. I know that some of you know firsthand what tomorrow will bring to us. Your words have been a tremendous source of encouragement and comfort to us. May the Lord bless and keep you.


HONOR BLESSING CELEBRATION
Gregory Luke Sponberg
March 17, 2008 – May 27, 2008

Grieving with Hope

Welcome, message, prayer
(Al Andrews)
Scripture reading - 1 Corinthians 15:17-22, 50-58
(Rob & Shawn)

Under His Wings
(Dad Smith, Todd & Jack)

Reading
(Jack)

Home
(Jason Ingram)

Scripture readings - Isaiah 40:8-11, 25-31; 1 Thess. 4:13-18
(Mom & Dad Sponberg & Sis)

The Solid Rock
(Jason Ingram)

Scripture reading - Revelation 19:4-9
(Todd & Angie)

71 Balloons
(Greg)

Scripture reading - Revelation 21:1-7
(Mom Smith)

Give Me Jesus
(Jack & Molly)

Benediction
(Al Andrews)

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

“…you must not carry on over them like people who have nothing to look forward to, as if the grave were the last word. Since Jesus died and broke loose from the grave, God will most certainly bring back to life those who died in Jesus…”

88 comments:

Lisa-Cinti,Ohio said...

To the Sponberg family,

I will be praying for you all, that you can find peace and rest tonight. I will be praying for you to find comfort tomorrow in honoring your son with what I am certain will be a heartfelt celebration of his life he had and a celebration for his life he now is living for eternity in Heaven with sweet Audrey beside him. He will be there waiting to tell you what you have missed in Heaven unconcerned with what he has missed here on this earth. Your family has been a tremendous inspiration to me and I thank you for sharing so openly with all of us out here, your beautiful faith and love of Jesus! I will be praying for each of you tonight.

Lisa

Kristin said...

Dear Greg, Nicol and Summer
My prayers will be with your and the entire family tomorrow as you have Luke's service. I have been praying for you since I heard about you from Angie's blog. I am grateful that God has blessed me with her words and I pray that tomorrow you will all feel His peace blanket you. Thank you for allowing us to share in your grief and to help carry your burden - it is an honor to pray for you.
Kristin in South Dakota

Wendi said...

Praying for you all. With deep sorrow for Greg, Nicol, and Summer and unending joy for Luke...

Godz Gurl said...

Greg. I pray for peace to just swallow you, Nicol, & Summer tonight and tommorrow.

Godz Gurl said...

Greg
I pray for peace to swallow you, Nicol, and Summer, tonight and tomorrow.

daniella said...

I will be praying. That you will feel peace and Jesus' loving loving arms around you.

Linda Goossen said...

As the Lord brings you to mind tomorrow, I will pray for you. May He give you peace, grace and blessings tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for peace right now.
Nikki

Anonymous said...

God Bless you and your family. There is nothing that can be said to make things "better" but know that there are thousands of us out here praying for God's grace to be upon you. May He keep you in the palm of His hand as you walk through the darkness.

Mare said...

I have been following Luke's story since Angie first post on her blog about your precious Luke. I will be praying for your family, Angie and Todd during the hours of Luke's service and throughout the day. May you find comfort and peace in the loving arms of our Savior. He is with you, right by your side.

God Bless

Stuarts said...

You're in our prayers...

Dale said...

That sounds like a lovely service. Blessing to you tomorrow. No parent should have to go through what you all are going through. Peace.

Rebekah Walker said...

Oh, my heart aches. Thinking of you now and praying...

Hope Wilson said...

Father, I pray that you give the peace that passes understanding to everyone in this precious (extended) family...please comfort each one of them tomorrow in Your own special way. May You allow their bodies to rest tonight & give them the strength they need tomorrow as they honor & celebrate Luke's unforgetable life! To God be the Glory...In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Katherine Page said...

I am praying for you all!

Hope Wilson said...

Father, I pray that you will give this faithful (extended) family the peace that passes understanding & that you will comfort each one of them in Your own special way tomorrow. Please allow them the rest that they need tonight & provide the strength that they need tomorrow to celebrate & honor Luke & his unforgetable life! May Your Presence be made known tomorrow & forever - To God be the Glory...In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Anonymous said...

Jesus

Be with the Sponberg's in the most difficult task that is to come. Cover them with your peace and comfort them.

To the Sponberg Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

The Lord is with you and will never leave you.

georgia tarheel said...

Sweet sweet family, we will be praying constantly.

May God hold you close---oh so close!

amy said...

Praying for you right now and throughout tonight. I will be praying tomorrow, too.

Anonymous said...

May God Bless you all as you celebrate Luke's meaningful life here on earth~ Thank you for sharing.

Julie Doody said...

It's kinda hard being the first one to comment on this blog. I've been on vacation and away from the computer for a while, so I was anxious to see what you had written. I didn't really expect to see what I did. Greg, Nicol & Summer I have NO idea what you are going through. I can't even imagine! But what I do know is that your Lord and Savior will be there right by your side, as he as always been! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow. May you have a peace beyond all understanding.

I love the pictures from the TEA (not to be confused with TEE) Party! How absolutely SWEET!!

We will continue to pray!
Love, Julie & Adam Doody

The Rudd Family said...

Prayers for Sweet Peace tomorrow.

Cheryl said...

Praying for you during this difficult journey.

The Browns said...

Praying for you and your family tonight and tomorrow. May God lift and take away your pain and give you the joy and hope He promises. God bless you.

Misty Rice said...

My heart is in so much pain that I can't bare to think of what yours feels. Im so lost as to what to say but couldnt' go without saying anything at all. I sit here and I stop and I pray. I sit here and I cry. I sit here and I look at his little face and I see so much of my little girl. I imagine his touch and his smell..... I don't want to let him go and I never met him.

I pray tonight that God softens the hurt, places peace in your hearts and that you are truly able to get up in the morning, take the first breath of the 2nd most difficult day of your life and survive what tomorrow has in store.

God Bless you all tonight, tomorrow and the days to come.

Mab said...

I will be lifting you all up in pray tomorrow, especially during the service time.....
as I know will hundreds of people who love you (even the many of us who have never "met" you but feel like you are our family too)
With much love and care,
Arlene (in Louisiana)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update. We will pray for strength for you and your entire family tomorrow. God bless!

momaboog said...

Came across your blog through Audrey Caroline. Even thought you do not know us, My husband and I will pray for you and your wife and daughter. His Grace is Sufficent, His Strength is made perfect when we are weak.
In His grips,
Josh and Stephanie

maggieallen123 said...

Greg and Nicol,
Thank you for sharing Luke's Blessing Celebration with us. In your time of grief...you still wanted to share...to maybe somehow let us be a part of your grieving...I pray that you will be able to rest and relax tonight to give you strength tomorrow. Praise to Jesus that He did conquer death, he did conquer the grave...Praise be to God! I can't wait to see Little Luke when I get to heaven one day...I sure will tell him how wonderful and brave his mom and dad and sister are....even though I know he already knows that.
I will be in deep prayer tomorrow for all of your family. Bless your hearts! Becky

Courtney said...

I know that you know that you and your family will be covered in prayer tomarrow but I wanted to tell you anyway. (hug)

Anonymous said...

Nicol and Greg, my prayers are with you both. It will be both difficult and uplifting. I like the part of the 71 balloons. Your order of worship is so well thought out and there is much for me to read at home to experience what you will experience. Thank you for sharing. Know that we are with you in prayer. Jennifer in NC

KimMc said...

I will be thinking about all of you tomorrow, praying that God will comfort the entire family as only He knows how!

Jess said...

We will be uplifting you in prayer throughout the day....may His peace and strength be an overwhelming source of encouragement for you all...sending my love!

Cindy said...

I have been and will be praying for your sweet family.
Nothing more can be said except that I am so sorry you are going through this.
Cindy ~ Phoenix

Courtney said...

I will be praying...may God bring you peace and comfort tonight and tomorrow.

Candie said...

Praying for God's comfort and peace for you and your family.

vaneblu said...

I will be praying for your family!!! and for Luke's service to honor all the love your family and God have for him...

NC Mommy said...

Greg and Nicol,
I am having a sleepless night, and I wandered back by the blog to "check" on you both. It's weird, I guess, to check on people you've never seen except across a crowded church during a concert. But Nicol has been my musical hero for years, and your loss has acutely touched my soul. You've both been in my prayers and on my heart more urgently than ever in the past two days, and after reading, I see why.

I want you to know that even now, in the dawning minutes of the day that will be SO difficult for your family, that you are being covered in prayer. I am praying that as I wake and plead to our Maker for your comfort, that you are both resting a soothing, peaceful sleep tonight-- a sleep that is restorative and refreshing to strengthen you for the day ahead. Sleep untroubled by dreams, restlessness, and apprehension.

I am praying for a healing balm-- that Jesus will wrap you in love and light as you mourn and celebrate your beautiful boy. I pray that you will be able to revel in your memories of Luke without being overwhelmed by grief. I am praying for little Summer-- that she remain untouched by the events around her. I pray that she will continue to be a carefree baby girl who only knows how much Jesus and her mommy and daddy love her.

I am also praying that as you continue to hit new bottoms of grief and despair, that in the stillness after the storm when the waves of pain subside and the tears and sobs ebb, you will find a new and fresh peace that allows you to go on breathing for one more hour. The sinking is good-- it allows you to be helpless in the arms of the only One who can bring you healing.

I will be praying for your family constantly this day and in the days to come.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

Rachel E. said...

Praying for you all tomorrow as you lay Luke to rest and rest yourselves on the Solid Rock. Thank you for sharing your story. You are such a testament to Jesus' grace throughout the most difficult of times.

Skerry said...

I pray that this difficult day will find you filled with peace as you honor your special boy Luke. Thank you for sharing the order of Luke's service, I am sure that those in attendence will feel God's special love surrounding your family and themselves.

Anonymous said...

Your Family will be in our thoughts and prayers Thursday morning. I came across your site thru Angie. My son Cole was born on 03/31/2008, we thought of naming him Luke, we already have a son named Owen and thought they might get teased over the "Wilson" brothers! Your son Luke was born on my birthday on 03/17. It is a date that no one forgets. My son had some medical issues at first, but is "okay" now. I say okay only because I will always worry about him. With his condition, SIDS is a big concern. He is my first child that I have FORCED to sleep on his back. All my children love to sleep on their bellys. I still go in every hour and if I know that my husband is awake, I make sure that he checks to make sure that Cole is breathing. I do believe that what happens in life is meant to be, but it does not make me sleep any easier, I am up most of the night checking on him. He sleeps through the night, but I worry, always will! I look to all of you who have gone through much more, to comfort me. I mourn for your little one. He is a BEAUTIFUL boy. I know he lives on! I pray that you will find peace as you lay him to rest! God Bless You!

*God Be With You Til We Meet Again
When life's perils thick confound you
Put his arms unfailing round you
God Be With You Til We Meet Again*

Until You all Meet Again with Luke!

With Love,

Jeff, Michele, Ava, Owen and Baby Cole Csapo

-mvierkant@hotmail.com

take me away said...

I will be praying hard for you all.

lynette said...

Thinking of you all today...
with love and many prayers,
lynette

Anonymous said...

There are no words that I can say to take your pain and heartache away. Isaiah 12:2 is a verse that has helped me through out my life and especially with the death of my nephew (9 days old)four months ago. My sister has said to me many many times knowing Brody is safe in the arms of God is what gets her through each day.You and your family are in my thoughts and in my prayers espcially through this difficult time.
Love in Christ,
Kathy

singingcindy said...

I will be praying for you all today!

I just love that scripture at the end of your post. I've never read/heard it before. Where can I find it?

Laura W. said...

Lean on the Lord, and He will carry you through.

Praying for you today especially.

Tracy and Andy Yates said...

I am praying for your family today. I know God will be there to comfort you.

Angie said...

we are sending you prayers from florida today. May you find some sense of peace today.
Ang

Leslie said...

I will be praying for you today!

carriex3 said...

May Gods grace and mercy hold you and your family in his arms today.
big hugs and prayers,
Carrie
NJ

www.creativeandblessed.com

Leigh (Knox,Tenn) said...

Praying for you and all of your family today.

Sunni said...

You are in my prayers. I can't imagine the heartache that today will hold for you, but I do know the God that will hold you in the heartache.

Love and prayers!

Sarah M. said...

I am so sorry for your loss! He's beautiful! I will be praying for you all especially today.

Anonymous said...

A day of blessing to have your family members participating in this service.
He has not forsaken you, and He will be beside you throughout this day and forevermore.
We are thinking of you and, again, praying for strength and peace as you have never known. Give an extra hug to Summer.
Hugs to all of you.
Love,
Auntie and Uncle in Hermon

heather said...

Lifting up your family today.

Lauren said...

I'm thinking about your family this morning. May you feel the prayers being lifted up to the Lord as you enter into this service.

Lauren (in Dallas)
Joshua 1:9

John van der Veen said...

Nicole - the pictures of your family are just beautiful. Thank you for your encouraging words. Mary and I do think of your family often and go to our Father.

Peace.

Jenni said...

We will be praying!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

Mat God bless your families tonight , Luke and Audrey will always be remembered, I pray for strength to be lifited over you today and a beautiful sunny day for the service, I read the service highlights and Luke would be so proud to know what a great strong family he has and how loved he is.Luke might not be with us but his spirt lives on forever and he is looking down with audrey and shining the light on the whole world. be strong and get througghh today and GOD BLESS

ALL OUR LOVE MICHELLE,RAFAEL GABBY AND EMMY

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

MaY God bless your families tonight , Luke and Audrey will always be remembered, I pray for strength to be lifited over you today and a beautiful sunny day for the service, I read the service highlights and Luke would be so proud to know what a great strong family he has and how loved he is.Luke might not be with us but his spirt lives on forever and he is looking down with audrey and shining the light on the whole world. be strong and get througghh today and GOD BLESS

ALL OUR LOVE MICHELLE,RAFAEL GABBY AND EMMY

Jason's Mommy said...

Greg, Nicol and Summer, Just wanted to let you know that I am lifting you all up in prayer this morning. I pray that everything will go smoothly and you will feel the presence of our Lord and your son around you. I pray that God will let us all carry you through your moment of darkness. Please know that strangers love and care for you very much.

melody weaver said...

i found your blog from angie's and i just wanted to let you know that i am praying for you during the service. God is with you now and always.

Julie said...

I am praying for you and your family this morning. I woke up with you on my heart. I am praying for peace, comfort, and the presence of Christ.

Be blessed,
Julie
Sacramento

boutcrazy said...

My prayers are with you and your family right now and through the coming days.

Mary said...

Praying for you today.
Love in Christ ~Mary

Celie said...

Father, thank you for you are a Sovereign God. You are the strength to carry on in such a season as this. Father I have asked and continue to ask for you to allow me to carry a portion of this sorry. Today lay it upon me Lord, you say ask and it shall be given. Be a place of rest, a hiding place for this family. Strength to press forward. Lord there is no searching your understanding, we believe, we trust even if we have no understanding. We magnify your name above all names. Let this family go from strength to strength. You are their portion they trust on your word the breath of God ,such power. Thank you for being our peace in such a time as this in our journey. We love you Lord, believe, trust, thank you for the knowledge of Little Lukes eternal life. To know his mom and dad will hold him again. We give you the praise for these things. In Jesus name we ask you hear and answer. And thank you for the answer. AMEN

Michelle said...

Thinking of you guys this morning...

sheila said...

I have been praying all morning for your family. It's now 12:30 and I pray that somehow you feel connected to Luke, you have the peace to know where he is and that someday we will be reunited. God is gracious and good to all those who call upon his name. Rest in that, again, and again. In God's love, sheila

Baseballs and Tutu's said...

You and your entire family are in my prayers today.

Beckycain6 said...

Praying for you..........

May the Lord give you strength.

Love,
Becky

:)

Taylor Luv said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you all today.

amy said...

I just wanted you to know that my family and I are praying for all of you. I can't imagine what it must feel like to lose your sweet baby boy, Luke. We'll never understand why this side of heaven, but we do know that God IS working all things for good...ALL things despite our lack of understanding. I pray that the Prince of Peace will be with you today and every day as you grieve and that Satan will RUN not being able to withstand your willingness to praise Jesus through the storm. I'm so thankful that you are a family that knows HIM and one who is choosing to let Him be glorified in your story.

Lots of love to each of you!
The Bunting Family

Amanda said...

I am praying for your family. I can only imagine how hard this is to go through. Our love and thoughts are with you all.

HollieHobbie said...

You are always in my thoughts and prayers as my heart aches for you all. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. Love you guys!

Cindy said...

Praying!!!

Marilena said...

I'm a reader of Angie's blog and I just wanted to let you know that I have been praying for you. Especially today... My niece passed away from SIDS on January 7th, she was 75 days old. Just like Luke, such a short time on this earth but such a mighty impact on so many souls.
You will be continually in my prayers,
Marilena

Becoming Me said...

I have no words except to say I am so deeply sorry for your loss and have been and will continue to pray

erin said...

My prayers have been and will continue to be with you and your entire family. I just cant imagine your pain~

Stephanie said...

I found your blog after reading through Angie's. I am so inspired by your faith during such a hard time. I have a 4 month old son, and I can not imagine the pain your family is enduring. Please know that your story has touched me deeply and has reminded me to be ever grateful for every moment I have with my son. I will be praying for your family.

Wendy said...

Hi Nicol, Greg , & Summer,

I hope that you were able to sleep last night. Thought of you throughout the day. I hope that things went as well as could be expected.

The verse I think of many times is;

The Lord will perfect that which concernth me.

I try to think, even if I am not sure why, I have to have faith that he will do what is perfect for me. Probably not what you want to hear right now, but that's how I get through some of my hard days.

Take care, Hugs & kisses to all.

Love,
Wendy

Give Angie a hug, I miss you both so and wish I were with you, like you were with me.

Anna said...

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you in the coming days.

Sarah said...

I just wanted to say that I am so so sorry for what you are going through. As a parent I can not imagine what you are going through. As a christian I am truely inspired. Your faith is amazing. I think of your family and praying for all of you often.

noahandlylasmommi said...

I hope everything went wonderfully yesterday! You are all in my prayers!!

Erin said...

Greg & Nicol,
Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm praying for you often.
Erin

Michal Ann said...

Dear Ones, I have prayed steadily out of a full heart. I believe you are so wise to put the babies to rest together. I am encouraged to think of your wonderful extended family holding one another, united in Christ's hope and love.

We are all learning from you in this forum as well as "Bring the Rain" where we viewed video of Nicol singing with Luke in her arms. He is a beautiful beautiful baby and remains perfect in the arms of the One who said "Let little children come to me!"

I trust we will hear that you continue to be aware of a peace that passes understanding, "crazy peace" that can be forfeited if we grasp for understanding of things that are beyond comprehension.

May you feel "Held"..."the wise hand opens slowly to lilies of the valley and tomorrow." "If hope is born of suffering, if this is only the beginning, can we not wait for one hour watching for our Savior?"

Yes, you can and you are. You are suffering and waiting with hope because Jesus has touched and blessed both you and your baby. May He give us all hearts as trusting as those of your beautiful children who will never be away from the Light and Love of His presence. (See Luke 18: 15-17)

Thank you once again for sharing your story with us who may never meet you in person. You are loved..and held..close.

In Him, Michal

Still Cross Photography said...

I just watched the video on Angie's blog of Nicol singing..AMAZING is all I can say! God has been working on your hearts long before you knew it. You all are in my prayers! Thank you so much for sharing your life with all of us and hopefully someday you will know just how many people you have helped through their storms.

The Morris Family said...

O, how we will never forget our little ones..it has been 19 months since our little Joel went to heaven...may the Lord continue to give grace to your dear wife's heart.Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Is 49:15-16 The Lord will always have little Luke before him!
Cindy Morris
www.weloveyoujoel.blogspot.com

Kirsten said...

Nicol,

My heart breaks for you and your loss. Luke is precious and so missed. I can't even fathom what you are going through. I'm praying for you though. Your family has been through so much, it doesn't make sense. Yet, God is still good.

Luke had lots of friends to welcome him into heaven - our little Chloe was just one of the crowd to greet him. I smile when I think about all our little ones playing together in the best playground ever created - Heaven.

Oh to be with them some day. In the meantime, thank you for sharing your story, your heart and your light. You are such an example - on the good days and the bad days. You are not alone.

Blessings,
Kirsten