tv Rev. Billy Graham Funeral CSPAN March 4, 2018 10:29am-12:20pm EST
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better known to the world as evangelist billy graham, a preacher of the gospel of our lord jesus christ. for more than eight decades, mr. graham break the good news of the gospel. the very words of jesus that said of himself "i am the resurrection and the light, he who believes in me though he were dead, yet shall he live. and whosoever limit and believe in me shall never die. liveththat my redeemer and though this body be destroyed, yet shall i see god, whom i shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold not as a stranger. we brought nothing in this world and it is certain we can carry nothing out. eth, the lordgive
has taken away. blessed be the name of the lord." lead us in prayer. dr. william. >> mr. graham had a profound and deeply spiritual conviction concerning the word of god, the bible. he loved the bible. it governed how he lived and it governed how he died. he believed that the bible teaches us the truth about god and jesus christ. one of the passages that he requested that i read at his funeral service speaks most eloquently of the life and testimony about the love and mr.
graham. i am reading to you from ephesians chapter two. but god, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses and sins, made us alive together with christ and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in christ jesus, so that in the ages to come, he might show this riches of his grace in kindness toward us in and through the lord jesus christ. for by grace, you have been saved, through faith and that is not of yourselves, it is the gift of god, not as the result of works, so that no one may
boast." would you join me as we pray together? liftod and our father, we high the name of the lord jesus christ today, recognizing that you alone are lord, you are god, you created us and your purpose for us would be that through the love of god and christ jesus, we would be reconciled to the holy and the righteous god. mr. graham would want us most desperately today to think of nothing other than lifting high the name of the lord jesus christ, his lord and savior. we give you all praise and all glory and as we celebrate the life of your servant, we pray o god that you would bless us today, that you would speak to
us in our hearts and that we as a people would rise up and be determined to live lives that in god'swell pleasing sight, just as mr. graham did. we pray these things in the wonderful name of the lord jesus christ and for his sake alone, amen. and as we continue this wonderful celebration, let me ask you to join in as we sing a coronation him, all hail the power of jesus name. the verses are in your program, i will ask that you stand as we continue to rejoice in our savior's love. ♪
>> you don't know how funny it makes me feel to stand here and look at my house. and my husband and i just had an argument about which room was mine. but thank you all for being here. you are here because you love him. but you don't love him like i do. you haven't loved him as long as i have. the president said, you have good genes. but he didn't know that my name was jean! [laughter]
my brother billy my sister catherine, my brother melvin and grew up here in this house we learned hard work, we learned to pray, to read the scriptures. my other brother and sister have gone on, and i was reminded when i heard that my brother died, of the sound that the acquires used to thing -- the song that the choirs used to sing. heaven come down and fill my heart with glory. on february 21, heaven came down. and it took my mother from me.
one day, heaven will come down and take me. and i know what he would want me to say today. is heaven is coming again. and we would like to take you also. i am the eldest, i tell people that i don't want to be called the oldest or the eldest anymore of the family, i want to be called the one that daddy loved the longest. [laughter] i read too many articles and seeing things on television, the cards that so many have written. there are so many adjectives about daddy and they are also wonderful. i wanted to read something and share about the little girl that was born many, many years ago on
a faraway country. i don't think she ever heard of charlotte, north carolina. but she was born many years ago. her parents had taught her to pray even at that early age. for the man that god would prepare for her. so there was a little boy here in charlotte milking cows every morning and afternoon and he had no idea that there was a little girl praying for him in china. mother many years after that wrote, she was about 13 when she wrote this little poem. i would like to share it with you, maybe maybe of you have heard it. it is worth it to hear it again.
at 13-year-old girl remembered -- dear god, i prayed all unafraid as we are inclined to do. i do not need a handsome man but oh god, let him be like you. i do not need one big and strong, or very tall, nor need he be a genius or wealthy, lord at all. but let his head be high, dear god. let his eye be clear. his shoulders straight. oh god, let his face have character and a ruggedness of soul. let his whole life show, dear god, a singleness of goal. and when he comes, as he will come, with those quiet as a
glow, i will understand that he is the man that i prayed for long-ago. and the lord answered every single one of those prayers for mother, and many more. and of course, that little girl, my sisters and my brothers and i call her mama, and the little boy was daddy. and we are grateful that god has brought them back together again for eternity. >> when i was a girl growing up, mother led us in devotions every day, she read the bible and prayed. when dad was home he led family devotions, he read the bible, but he would not just read it. he would stop and make a comment or ask a question. my mother taught me to love reading my bible every day.
and my daddy taught me that i was able to think about what i was reading. so about 10 years or 11 years ago when my mother went to heaven, my daddy started asking me to read him the bible. at first it was very intimidating, then it became such a joy. there were times and i would sit in front of my dad, he was hard of hearing, so i would sit in front of him. he would ask me to give him a full 60 minute message. and he would never take his attention away from my face. once in a while he would interrupt me and ask a question, but he loved to hear. as he got weaker we went through 60 minutes but the pattern was the same. whoever was in the house was called to gather around him, people would gather around and i would read scripture area and
but before i did, i would explain to him what had chosen that particular passage of scripture. i don't need them, these are all kleenex. [laughter] well, i may need them later. we would gather around and i went explain why i had chosen that passage then i would read that to him and him and end by saying daddy, i love you. i wanted to do that this time. when we are gathered around daddy. i want to read a passage but i like to explain why i have chosen it. i believe from heaven's perspective that my father's death is as significant as his life. and his life is very significant. i think when he died, that was something very strategic from heaven's point of view. i know that before the foundations of the world 2018 -- february, 21st, was the day that god chose to take my father
home. why? i looked up what was significant why? i looked up what was significant about that day, and found out that that is the day when jews focus on scripture readings which focus on the death of moses. moses was a great spiritual leader. -- he was a great liberator. he brought millions of people out of bondage from slavery and got them to the edge of the promised land and brought them to heaven. god brought joshua to lead them into the promised land to take them home. my father also is a great liberator. he brought millions of people out of bondage to sin, and got us to the edge of the promised land and god has called him home. could it be that god is going to bring joshua to lead us into heaven and do you knew -- do you know what the new testament name for joshua is, it's jesus. i believe, this is a shot across the bow from heaven.
i believe that god is saying, wake-up church, wake up world. jesus is coming. jesus is coming. is coming. and jesus said, when the gospel preached the whole world as it is in the service, as it is to churches, missionaries, ministries, jesus said in matthew 24:14. when the gospel is preached to the whole world then the end will come. so i would like to read to you o and i'll put my name in, and then the way my daddy, i'll make a comment here or thre. and it says i do not want you to be ignorant, anne, concerning those who have fallen asleep, and fallen asleep is just the biblical term for when god's children die. falling asleep is when you close your eyes to this life, and open them to the face of jesus, when your face becomes sight. i don't want you to be ignorant,
anne, concerning those who have fallen asleep. lest you sorry as others who have no hope. if you believe that jesus died and rose again, and i do, even so god will bring with him those who sleep in jesus. for this we say to you by the word of the lord, this is god's word, not fantasy, not wish, it's not a hope so, we who are alive and remain to the coming of the lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. for the lord himself, joshua, jesus, will descend from heaven with the shout, voice of archangel, and that's my daddy, mother, husband, then you and i who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the lord in the air and thus we shall always be with the lord. therefore, comfort one another with these words. and this is the comfort. there is hope for tomorrow. this life is not all there is.
the best is yet to come. so, i want to make a pledge to my daddy, and i pledge to you, daddy, that in view of his appearance and in front of all these witnesses, i will preach the word, i will do the work of an evangelist, i will share the gospel, and i will run my race and live my life so that five minutes before i see jesus i have no regrets. i will live my life to exalt and glorify the names of the lord jesus christ. so i love you, daddy. [applause] >> i have followed her all my life. [laughter] i want to thank each one of you for being here today, from those in the very back here in the
tent, to the very front row. we are blessed and honored that you are here. thank you. and i have learned this week as never before that everybody has a billy graham story. and even this week president trump told us about his billy graham story. as a little boy his father took him to yankee stadium to hear my father preach and he said this is a big deal. little did they know their paths would cross many, many years later. but i have my own billy graham story, so i'm going to tell you about one and i've told it many times and some of you have maybe heard it many times. it bears repeating because to me it speaks to the essence of who my father was, who he is. after 21 years my marriage ended in divorce. i was devastated. i floundered, i did a lot wrong. the rug was pulled out from under me. my family thought it would be a good idea to move away, to get a
fresh start somewhere else. so i decided to live near my older sister and her family, and near a good church. the pastor of that church introduced me to a handsome widower and we began to date fast and furiously. my children didn't like him, but i thought you know, they were almost grown, they didn't know what -- they could not tell me what to do, i knew what was best for my life. my mother called me from seattle, father called me from tokyo. they said honey, slow down, get to know this man. they had never been a single parent, never divorced, what did they know? so being stubborn, willful, and sinful, i married a man, this man on new year's eve, within 24 hours i knew i made a terrible mistake. after five weeks i fled. i was afraid of him.
what was i going to do? i wanted to go talk to my mother and my father. it was -- questions rolled in my mind. what was i going to say to daddy? what was i going to say to mother? what was i going to say to my children? i'd been such a failure. what were they going to say to me, we are tired of fooling with you. we told you not to do it. you've embarrassed us. and let me tell you, you women will understand you don't want to embarrass your father, you really don't want to embarrass billy graham. and many of you know that we live on the side of a mountain and as i wound myself up the mountain i rounded the last bend in my father's driveway and my father was standing there waiting for me.
as i got out of the car he wrapped his arms around me and said welcome home. there was no shame, there was no blame, there was no condemnation, just unconditional love. and you know, my father was not god. but he showed me what god was like that day. when we come to god with our sins, our brokenness, our failure, our pain and our hurt, god says welcome home. and that invitation is open to you. thank you, and god bless you. [applause] >> i followed her my whole life. i was told we have three minutes to try to sum up the life of my father, billy graham.
i'm going to take less than three minutes because my siblings took a little more. i want you to know my father was fat. he was faithful, he was available, and he was teachable. and i want each one of you to remember that. faithful, available, teachable. may we all be that way. and thank each one of you for coming and giving us this honor and honor to my father, thank you. [applause]
♪ above all powers ♪ above all kings ♪ above all nature and all created things ♪ ♪ above all wisdom and all the ways of man ♪ ♪ you were here before the world began ♪ ♪ above all kingdoms ♪ above all thrones ♪ above all wonders the world has ever known ♪ ♪ above all wealth and treasures of the earth ♪ ♪ there's no way to measure what you're worth ♪ ♪ crucified laid behind the
stone ♪ ♪ you lived to die rejected and alone ♪ ♪ like a rose trampled on the ground ♪ ♪ you took the fall and thought of me above all ♪ ♪ crucified laid behind the stone ♪ ♪ you lived to die, rejected and alone ♪ ♪ like a rose trampled on the ground ♪ ♪ you took the fall and thought of me above all ♪ ♪ like a rose trampled on the
opinion or his ideas or philosophy, but he preach the word of god. and we say about him he is a courageous man. he has never run away from the word repentance. he spoke exactly like our lord jesus spoke. our lord jesus said the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of god is at hand. he said repent and believe the gospel of christ. when we talk about dr. graham in the middle east, we don't say he is only a great evangelist, but we say he is a great teacher and dr. graham ha used the best methods of teaching. he has taught by example. he's never used a computer or a facebook or a blackboard but he taught by example. and one said to him, be an
example for the believers in content in love and faith and purity and this is exactly what dr. graham has told us. he lived a holy life, when he spoke about holiness, he lived a holy life, a blameless life. and when he spoke about the prayer or he spoke about humbleness, he was a humble man, and his greatness really is from his humility. one time i was in amsterdam in 1971, and mrs. graham said have you made an appointment with dr. graham and i said no, i am a little man, and he is a great man, and i was afraid to go and see him or make an appointment with him. but she took me to the prayer room and she opened the room so slowly and here i saw a giant on
his face before god praying and crying before he went to preach the gospel. completely on god. and one time he said to me, do you want to be successful in your ministry? i said of course i want to be. he said sami, people, they all want to talk about themselves, they love it, they want to talk about themselves. but don't talk about yourself. talk about jesus. lift him up. and when we lifted jesus up, he would draw all men to himself. he said remember, we don't preach ourselves but we preach christ as lord and ourselves as slaves for you, for the sake of christ. he was a great man and he was really a humble man. and he has made a great effect in the middle east for all believers.
dr. graham, rest in peace, you have a wonderful family, you have a wonderful children and grandchildren and i am sure they are going to take the light of the gospel to all the world. american people, i thank you in the name of jesus for standing behind this great man to fulfill the mission which was given to him by god. and i do pray that god will bless america for giving the world such a great man like billy graham. glory and honor be to our lord and savior, jesus christ. [applause] >> mr. graham, on behalf of a million international christians around the world, those who have heard you proclaim the gospel message and were touched, challenged and saved. i join all of them to say thank
you. thank you for your bringing salvation to our part of the world, the home going, hundreds of letters and phone calls came to me to bring condolences to your family and friends. indeed, you have had impact on millions of lives, including kings, presidents and vice presidents, and common people around the world. mr. kim jong-il, the former prime minister of the republic of korea had to say this, the crowd were unprecedented in our history. i am convinced radiated intensity to an outpouring of the holy spirit to change the lives of each and every participant and plant the message of scripture in the
hearts of all those in the sound of your voice. fruit of the righteous, and he did win souls is why. you have done that all your life in all the world. on personal note, you impact my life far greater than one can imagine. my wife trudy, when she was 12 years old, went to the crusade in grand rapids, michigan. after preaching, she gave her heart to christ and dedicate to become a missionary. she has kept that decision until now. during the seoul crusade, my family went every night. at the final meeting estimated 1.1 million people attended. all of our children dedicated their lives to serve the lord. the church i pastored at that time attendance was mere 300. now after your crusade, more than 20,000 members.
the rapid growth of the mega church movement in korea have started, we have more churches and missionaries than any other country in our region, all because you came to preach the word to our people. last time i saw you when jesus took me -- your eyesight and hearing was not too good. said your favorite korean preacher is here. you said you're kidding. i said dr. graham, i'm here to thank you. and you said billy, let's have one more crusade in korea. to conclude my remarks, you and mrs. graham have been such inspiration and encouragement
and your family are wonderful friend in the ministry. your journey has ended on this earth, but may the lord give you perfect rest in the presence of our heavenly father. you have fought a good fight, you finished the course. you have kept the faith. henceforth, laid up for you a crown of righteousness. god bless you all. thank you. [applause] ♪ god sent his son, they called him jesus ♪ ♪ he came to love, heal and forgive ♪ ♪ he lived and died to buy our pardon ♪
open the gates of heaven, o god, and pour your holy spirit upon us. we have come, god, to thank you for a life that has been so precious and will always be very precious to all o us. god, you have followed, for jesus, who shed his blood on the cross and who died for our sins. and you raise him up on the third day that he might be our savior. you, oh god, had also followed him that your servant billy graham might be the champion of the proclamation of the gospel of jesus christ. oh god, at this time we know
that it was you, you who brought to the foot of the cross, for this is when your servant would say, oh god, not me, not me, my god. rejoice with god at this time. as we gather together the seeds that your servant has planted will multiply, oh god, that the whole world may hear all the gospel. that we as sinners, god, should repent before the cross. and invite christ into our life, we thank you for the gospel, and at this time, lord, we pray for the children of dr. graham. gigi, for anne, for ruth,
franklin, and for ned. we pray for the families, oh god, and the wonderful ministries to which they are involved in. lord at this time we pray especially for franklin and for will as they continue to uphold the legacy that your servant billy graham, to proclaim the gospel of jesus christ to the nations of the world. may this day, oh god, be the dawn of a new era in the proclamation of the gospel of jesus christ. father, at this time we pray for a fresh anointing upon thy servant, franklin graham, as he
melania trump, vice president pence, karen. to my family, government leaders, notable guests, my father's friends and pastors and church leaders. and the wonderful supporters who stood behind him with their prayer of support all these years. and to my father's incredible staff who have come here today to honor a man of god. the library in back of us tells about the journey of faith that my father traveled his entire life. my father preached on heaven, told millions how to find heaven, he wrote a book on
heaven. and today he is in heaven. his journey is complete. you may wonder how i best remember my father. well, i cannot remember my father without remembering my mother. she loved my father. he loved her. he adored her. she was his soulmate in life and when she passed away 11 years ago this coming june it was a big hole in his heart. he missed my mother. he had a big picture of her at the foot of his bed on the wall and he could lie in bed and look at that picture of my mother. sometimes i would come in there to see him and he would say franklin, i miss your mother more today than i've ever missed her in my life. the last few years of my mother's life, she was sick in
bed and she would lie on her side and my father would come in and the two of them would look eye-to-eye for hours. and if i sat in the room i felt a little uncomfortable, like i was intruding. he loved her and she loved him. my mother was a part of my father's life at every turn. when i think about m father, i can sit quietly and still hear his voice. a word of encouragement, and sometimes a word of caution. there were quite a few of those. i can recall him at home just laughing with our children, he had a great sense of humor. he loved his grandchildren, great grandchildren, all of his
family. and i remember we would take walks together along the mountain trails above his log home there in montreat. but the billy graham that the world saw on television, the billy graham that the world saw in the big stadiums was the same billy graham we saw at home. there weren't two billy grahams. he loved his family, he stood by us, he comforted us, he left us an enduring legacy. his uncompromising testimony of god's great love, all of us children came to see the world and our father in heaven through my father's eyes. i think the most compelling vision i have engrained in my memory is my father, the preacher, evangelist, standing
behind this pulpit right here. in stadiums around the country and the world, and his voice booming. proclaiming the gospel of the lord jesus christ. he has often said that some day you'll read that billy graham is dead. he said don't you believe one word of it. he said i'll be more alive than i am now. just changed addresses, that's all. every sunday that i was home i went to visit my father. he would love to walk when he could, i shared with him things we were doing, he would ask questions. we would talk about the bible. he liked to talk about politics. sports. but the last few years he became rather quiet, and his last year
of his life he said very little at all and i believe his mind was on heaven. he often said i'm not afraid to die for i know the joys of heaven are waiting. if he could speak to you today he would ask will you be making this journey to heaven some day? my father's greatest longing has been granted. he's in the presence of god. there are few things my father would want me to share with you today and i'll take just a moment. my father would want you to know that he believed the bible to be infallible word of god. he did not understand it all but believed it all. his soul authority. when he preached, he always took the bible to the pulpit with him and for most messages he would hold the bible in his hand and
he would quote scripture after scripture. his sermons were filled with scripture. and when he would quote the scripture, he would always say the bible says. why? because it was his authority. my father believed in heaven. he also believed in hell. you see, jesus preached on hell. hell is reserved for the wicked, for those who refused to repent of their sins and acknowledge god's son jesus as their lord and savior. the bible says that god doesn't want anyone to perish, but all should come to repentance. this motivated my father to preach the gospel with urgency. he wanted to warn men and women of the consequences of their sins. that one day we would all have to stand before god to give him
an account of our lives, that there was a judgment coming. the bible tells us that man has been operated from god by sin and sin is the disease of the human soul, the human heart, and it has infected the entire human race. the bible tells us we have all sinned, and we have all come short of god's standards, his glory. and the penalty of sin is death. not just physical death, but spiritual death for eternity. the best news ever declared is that god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that who soever believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. this verse was probably in every message my father ever preached because it demonstrates the love of god. it gives hope to the lost world.
when one reads the papers or listens to the news we wonder what hope is there? but 2000 years ago god broke the darkness of sin and sent his son down to heaven to identify with us to bring us the light of salvation, the man christ jesus came to seek and to save that which is lost. the bible says by grace that you have been saved. through faith and it's not of yourselves, it's the gift of god, not of works. lest anyone should boast and jesus said i'm the way, the truth and the light. no man comes to the father but by me. millions today are searching for the way. where do i go? what do i do? jesus said follow me. he said i'm the way. just a few days ago my father followed jesus all the way to heaven. most of his life was spent
travelling the world but the last week he embarked on a journey he had been looking forward to all of hi life, the journey from earth to heaven. how about you? if this were your funeral, would you be in heaven? are you sure? jesus still calls us to follow him today. jesus said i'm the truth, and then he asks today what is truth? with all the lies and false information, what is the truth? jesus said i am the truth and all truth is found in him. he said i'm the light, most people spend their wages improving and try to have a more comfortable life. if we follow him and trust him, and believe him to be true, he will give us not a better life,
he doesn't promise that, he doesn't promise us a more comfortable life, but he does promise us eternal life. jesus tells us that no one comes to the father except through him, the world with all of its political correctness would want you to believe that there are many roads to god. just not true. how could jesus make these claims? how could he say that he is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the father but by him? you see, jesus was god in the flesh. because he is the only one in history to take our sins and to pay the debt of sin, and my father would want me to share this with you today that god sent his son, his only son from heaven to this earth to take our sins and he took our sins to the cross and he died in our place, he shed his blood for each and every one of you. -pgod poured out the sins of ,
mankind on his son. the sins past, present, future. he shed his blod for our sins, he was buried for our sins and on the third day god raised his son to life. jesus is not dead, he is alive and here today. you trust in him? he'll come into each and every heart that invites him and repent of our sins and by faith believe on the lord jesus christ, the bible says we will be saved. are you saved, are you forgiven? are you trusting jesus as your savior? are you following him as your lord? if you are not sure, there will be no better time than right now at billy graham's funeral to settle this once and for eternity.
simply by faith, simply by believing, that if you were just to pray a simple prayer like this, just say in your heart, say this in your heart, god, i am a sinner, i'm sorry for my sins, forgive me. i believe that jesus christ is your son. and i want to trust him as my savior. and i want to follow him as my lord. will you just pray a simple prayer like that, god will forgive your sins and you can have that hope of eternal life. my last visit with my father sunday, february 18th. and on the 21st of february he was escorted by god's angels to the throne of god and only imagine what it was like for my father to step into heaven, that there was the lord jesus christ to say well done, good and faithful servant. there was the throne of god, can
my mother, his mother, father, friends, clapping, cheering, bells ringing, trumpets blowing. not because it was billy graham, it was just another child of god has come home. another child of god. daddy, i won't see you on this earth again but i will see you again, i'll see you maybe soon. but not yt. to god be the glory. [applause] >> thank you, franklin, the last
words are all what we should leave with today, "to god be the glory, great things he hath done, great rejoicing through jesus his son." stand together as we sing this wonderful hymn for the benediction. everyone sing. join and lift your voice, let everyone be heard. ♪ to god be the glory, great things he hath done ♪ ♪ so loved he the world that he gave us his son ♪ ♪ who yielded his life on redemes for win ♪ ♪ and opened the life-gate that all may go in ♪ ♪ praise the lord, praise the lord ♪ ♪ let the earth hear his voice ♪ praise the lord, praise the lord ♪ ♪ let the people rejoice ♪ oh come to the faher, through
jesus the son ♪ ♪ and give him the glory, great things he hath done ♪ ♪ oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood ♪ ♪ to every believer the promise of god ♪ ♪ the vilest offender who truly believes ♪ ♪ that moment from jesus a pardon receives ♪ ♪ praise the lord, praise the lord ♪ ♪ let the earth hear his voice ♪ praise the lord, praise the lord ♪ ♪ let the people rejoice ♪ oh, come to the father, through jesus the son ♪ ♪ and give him the glory, great
things he hath done ♪ ♪ great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done ♪ ♪ and great our rejoicing through jesus the son ♪ ♪ but purer and higher, and greater will be ♪ ♪ our wonder, our transport when jesus we see ♪ ♪ praise the lord, praise the lord ♪ ♪ let the earth hear his voice ♪ praise the lord, praise the lord ♪ ♪ let the people rejoice ♪ oh, come to the father, through jesus the son ♪ ♪ and give him the glory, great things he hath done ♪
>> let the church say amen. amen. >> let us say it one more time for the father. >> amen. >> and the holy ghost. >> amen. >> i had the privilege of praying as dr. graham dedicated the highway out there. so i have a privilege now, and my great honor, to give this benediction to this great service. hasn't it been a great service? let's give god the praise. celebration, celebration. [applause] >> and now may the grace of god,
the sweet communion of his holy spirit, may it rest, rule and abide with us henceforth and forevermore, and the church said, amen. now i'm going to ask you to do one ting for me. they asked me to do this last night and i told them i would get it right. so, help me, please. because i won't get to do this again. please remain standing until all, until you are told to do the nxt thing. god bless you.