Resurrection Service for Bruce H. Scott

Readings from the Sacred Scriptures

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him; He also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love Him; but all the wicked will He destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever. (Psalm145:8,9, 17-21)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm23:4)

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3)

And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are they who do His commandments, that they may have power in the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:12-14)

Readings from the Heavenly Doctrines

After the death of the body, the spirit of man appears in the spiritual world in a human form, altogether as it appeared in the natural world. He also enjoys the faculty of sight, of hearing, of speaking, and of feeling, as before in the world; and he is endowed with every faculty of thought, or will, and of action, as before in the world; in a word, he is a man in all things and in every particular, as he was before in the world, except that he is not encompassed with that … [physical] body which he had before; he leaves this when he dies nor does he ever resume it. This continuation of life is what is meant by the resurrection. (Arcana Coelestia 10594, 10595)

That after death man lives to eternity is manifest from the Word, where life in heaven is called life everlasting; and the Lord said to His disciples, "Because I live, ye shall live also"; and concerning the resurrection He said that "God is the God of the living, and not of the dead, for all live unto Him," and that they cannot die any more. (Divine Providence 324:5)

When a man passes from the natural into the spiritual world, he takes with him all things belonging to him as a man, except his earthly body. For he is still in a body, as he was in the world, and to all appearance in the same body; but his body is spiritual, and wholly distinct from what is natural. Man, now a spirit in a spiritual body, enjoys every external and internal sense which he had when he was in the world. In a word, when a man passes from one life into the other, or from one world into the other, it is the same as if he passed from one place to another; and he carries with him all things which he had in himself as a man. Therefore after death, which is only the death of the earthly body, it cannot be said that man has lost anything that belonged to him as a man. (Heaven and Hell 461)

Bruce Herbert Scott

A Resurrection Address

By the Rev. James P. Cooper

We are gathered here today to remember Bruce Herbert Scott at the time of his passing from the natural world into the spiritual world.

The natural world is our first home and we love it because we are familiar with it, it is the only home we have ever known. But, although we love the natural world, when we reflect on it, we realize that it can be a very confusing place: so many things are not at all what they seem. The world appears to be flat, but we know that it is actually a sphere; the sun appears to rise and set, but we know that it is the result of the earth spinning in space; a lovely person may be hidden within a sickly body; and it appears to us that death is the end of life. This too is not what it seems, it is only an appearance. The real man himself is not the body which is born of the flesh, but the real man is the mind which is born of the spirit. Unlike the body, which must return to the dust from which it came, the mind survives the fall of the body, for the human mind is not a creation of the natural world. It is a living vessel formed and fashioned by God Himself to be beyond the reach of death.

God Himself created the universe for the single reason that He wanted there to be a heaven from the human race. With this thought in mind, it is evident that death is not a thing to be feared. It is nothing more than the normal process used by a loving and merciful God to fulfil His purpose in creation. Death is the only gateway to eternal life, and through this door every one of us must pass, each in his own time.

We must not think about death as the end of anything, nor should we give way to superstitious beliefs and turn our thoughts to some dark and mysterious world of disembodied spirits. There is nothing in the Word of God to support such beliefs. God, while in the world, taught us many things about heaven. He taught what heaven is like in the parable of the Sower; that the evil and the weak would be punished, but that those who hear the Word of God, understand it, and live according to it will receive a great reward. He also taught many other parables about heaven, and in every one of them He taught us that heaven was very much like this world, He told us that men and women would continue as men and women, with duties and activities much as they have been in the world, but with the difference that there would be a separation of the good from the evil.

Heaven was created by God for the human race. The transition from this world to the next must therefore be easy and without fear. The yielding up of the earthly body involves no sudden change, no rude awakening into a foreign world. The man is not conscious of any change whatever. The change takes place while he sleeps. The spiritual body that has always lived within is revealed when the earthly body falls away. The conscious awareness of the natural world fades, to be replaced with the conscious awareness of the spiritual world. When the new spirit awakens, all things appear to be the same as they had been on the earth – except that he will soon become aware that he is no longer encumbered by the aches and pains of a natural body. The spiritual body is a reflection of the mind it holds, and soon grows to be as healthy and youthful as the mind within.

So when we think of those who have gone before us into the spiritual world, we should think of them as we knew them here on earth, as living human beings. All that was the man on this earth is the man in the life after death – his loves, his hopes, his sense of humour, and his pleasures. Nothing essential about his character and personality has been changed. He will live there as he lived here, except with a far greater freedom to express his loves and a far greater delight from doing kind things for others, and a complete freedom from the cares and illnesses of the world of nature.

In looking upon death as the gateway to eternal life, we cannot feel that there is any cause for concern. We do not fear that which we know, and the new life does not involve any strange circumstances that call for a sudden readjustment to new conditions. Things being what they are, we simply take up the thread of life where it was momentarily broken. Those who die as children awake to their new life as children and then grow to adulthood. Those who die in adult life awake to the vigour of their new life. Those who die in old age or from illness awake with their strength and health restored. What could be more natural than this? What could give a greater sense of assurance and confidence in the future. The gift of life once given is never taken away. Let us then think about our friend Bruce Scott in the light of what the Lord Himself has told us about death, that there is no death, that he has been born again into spiritual life.

Bruce was born June 15, 1919 in Kitchener Ontario. His family belonged to the General Church congregation in Kitchener, and he attended the Carmel Church School. He didn’t finish there, however. As any boy in school, he got into his share of trouble, but during his last year he felt he was falsely accused of doing something and rather than apologize for something he had not done, he removed himself from the school and walked to the local public school where he enrolled himself. While this makes for a good story to remember him by, it also speaks to the strength of character and honesty that led the men who worked with him to speak of him as the most honest and dependable man they ever knew.

He went to High School in Kitchener until his family moved to Toronto in 1937. When they moved, he transferred to Western Tech where he acquired his training in bookkeeping. While in High School, like many boys he had a job at McCaw’s grocery store, delivering groceries on a bicycle.

In remembering Bruce’s childhood and youth, no one remembers him ever being interested in any girl other than Carita Hill from Kitchener, whom he married in 1947. Bruce and Carita had three children: Diane, Barry, and Andrew. Sadly, Barry died in a tragic car accident in 1988. They also have a granddaughter, Katie.

In 1938, at the age of 19, he joined the Carswell Company and began work in the shipping department. At the outbreak of W.W.II Bruce joined the Army where he served until 1946. His job at Carswell had been held for him, and when he returned from military service, he moved into the bookkeeping department. In 1949 he was asked to go on the road as a salesman. Based on what his colleagues have said about him, this is where Bruce found his true calling. Without formal training, but with knowledge of his products and a desire to serve his customers, he was successful in his chosen field, selling law books throughout Ontario.

Perhaps part of his success was due to the fact that he loved books, in particular science fiction. He traded books with (former pastor) Harold Cranch, and when it was time for Harold to move to a new assignment, he gave his collection of science fiction to Bruce rather than ship it because Harold knew he would enjoy and savour it. Bruce particularly loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but wasn’t very happy about the movie.

A hard worker, he still loved his time off at the cottage on Gull wing Lake near Bala, Ontario. He was able to really relax in the woods and was a careful observer of the interaction of plants and animals in the wild. He enjoyed working on the cottage, fishing, and water-skiing.

He also enjoyed playing Bridge. After classes or Sons meetings at the church, he’d find a game of Bridge and play for a while before going home. Another source of enjoyment and relaxation was "big band" music, and in the days when a lot of parties were held at the Parkdale church, Bruce loved to dance and especially loved to twirl his partners. The church was an important part of his life, volunteering to collect money for subscriptions to church publications, and in his support for the establishment of an incorporated General Church in Canada.

As a veteran who served for 5 years during W.W.II, he had a strong love of his country and interest in its well-being, and for that reason we will be singing the Canadian National Anthem as our last hymn.

As his illness became more pronounced in his later years, he did not complain. He accepted his new situation with as much grace as possible. The Wednesday before his death, Bruce asked his brother Ivan to take him shopping, but didn’t want Carita to know. The important errand they were on was to buy a card and roses for his beloved wife of 58 years on Valentine’s Day.

All these admirable characteristics live on with him now in the spiritual world where he awaits all of you, and where, in time, you will all meet again. Although we feel grief at the suddenness of his departure, and we will deeply feel his absence from our lives here, we can yet be grateful that the Lord has, in His Divine Providence, taken our friend mercifully into the spiritual world where we all will live forever. For in spite of all the appearances that confuse us, we must hold true to the belief that there is a God, that He is Good, and that His Mercy is forever. The death of the body is not the end of human life; it is the gateway or passage into spiritual life. As the Lord Himself said to His disciples on the eve of the crucifixion, "If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you" (John14:2). AMEN.

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