Zion Baptist Church of Philadelphia

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[He has sent me] to provide for all those who grieve in Zion, to give them crowns instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of [tears of] grief, and clothes of praise instead of a spirit of weakness. They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, the Plantings of the LORD, so that he might display his glory.


Isaiah 61:3, God's Word Translation





Whether the loss of a mother or father, husband or wife, son or daughter, I've seen death plunge many into deep sorrow causing them to spiritually search for answers to the reason why, particularly in the face of the loss of a child or parent gone too soon.

Many raise questions of theodicy. They ask, why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Elizabeth Kübler-Ross spoke of this sense of the spirit referring to death as an event that encompasses "five stages of grief," including denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.


During such events we are forced to make burial decisions often uninformed and unprepared.  However, at Zion, we are here to offer you the benefit of our Zion Comfort Ministry and professional funeral services. We pray with you and help navigate the complex maze of making funeral arrangements.






If you live in the City of Philadelphia or tri-state region of Pennsylvania, Delaware or New Jersey and are looking for a place to hold your family member's funeral, contact us today at (215) 223-5460 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are conveniently located at 3600 North Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1973 our beautiful sanctuary has been leased as a place for many celebrity, political and personal homegoing services. 

We will be happy to assist you with writing your loved one's funeral obituary, planning the homegoing program and funeral reception.  We can also connect you with funeral home resources and more. We would be honored to assist you with church funerals, memorials or graveside eulogistic services.






Contact Rev. Vernetta Turner, Minister of Bereavement



Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me!

And may there be no moaning of the bar,

When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

Too full for sound and foam,

When that which drew from out the boundless deep

Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark!

And may there be no sadness of farewell,

When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place

The flood may bear me far,

I hope to see my Pilot face to face

When I have crost the bar.

Editor notes The bar referred to is a sandspit or similar promontory at the mouth of a river or harbour where tides have deposited sand over time. To hear the wind and waves moaning off the bar usually means that there is insufficient water to sail over the bar without grounding. Hence the second verse and its reference to a "full tide" or "high water"

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 July 2015 15:01  
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