No one, it seems, wants to think about their dying, yet it s one of the few thinks we can be assured of in life. For Christians, it should not be something scary or morose. God has promised that death in this life leads to life eternal with him. Thus a life well lived is something to be celebrated.
Celebration of life, memorial services or funerals, are things that take planning. We want to help you in that planning. We have put together this some materials that will assist you in shaping the celebration of your own or your loved one’s life.
Here, you will find:
- A sample Funeral Service
- Funeral and Memorial Service Scripture Suggestions
- Suggested Hymns
- A Funeral Information form - This form provides us with information about the funeral service itself. If you are doing pre-planning, we can keep this information on file for you.
As you think about shaping the service, it would be helpful if you and your family would pick the Psalm(s), Old Testament reading(s), New Testament reading(s), and Gospel reading(s) that you would like read. If you would like a family member or friend to read one or more of the Old Testament and New Testament readings, please let us know. The pastor normally reads the Gospel.
Also, consider some hymns that might be sung, and where you would like them sung in the service.
Holy Communion at a funeral or memorial service is very appropriate, for it connects us with all saints of every time and every place. It also helps to connect your loved ones with the other worshipers, so that you can benefit from their strength and support.
As a congregation we can provide food for a reception after the ceremony. If you would like us to host a reception, there is a place to make that desire known on the information sheet.
If there is anything else we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. The pastor would be glad to meet with you at any time to help you plan your memorial service.