funeral services

We are here for you during your time of loss.
At a person’s death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn and remembers the brevity of life on earth.  At the funeral we give voice to sorrow, thank God for our loved one, and entrust this companion of ours into the hands of God.  Trusting in God’s promise in baptism that we are claimed by Christ forever, we rest in the sure hope of the resurrection.  When the church gathers to mark the end of life, Christ crucified and risen is the witness of worship and strength of mutual consolation, and the hope of healing.

DEATH

For pastoral care and to help in planning, the pastor should be notified immediately upon the death of a member of the congregation. No plans for the funeral should be made apart from consultation with the pastor and appropriate parish staff. When possible, it is a good idea to plan the funeral liturgy well before the death of a Christian to avoid planning during a time of grieving. Such planning offers an occasion for the pastor to talk seriously about the Christian hope of the resurrection of the dead through Jesus Christ.

BURIAL

Christians will strive to keep the gospel hope of the resurrection at the center of all observances associated with the death of a Christian. Because the church understands the Burial of the Dead to be a service of worship to God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, it does not allow social or fraternal societies to introduce rites or ceremonies into its liturgy. These ceremonies should not be mingled with the church’s worship of God either in the church building or in any other setting (such as a funeral home, mortuary, or at the graveside). Military honors and fraternal tributes and rites should be kept separate from the funeral and committal services of the church.

GATHERING

When we gather for a funeral service, we gather to remember and celebrate the life of our loved one we now entrust to God.  However, our primary gathering centers on remembering and celebrating the life we have received through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ.

PLANNING

There are many great and wonderful hymns and scripture verses to consider as you think about the service.  To assist you in your planning/thinking, we’ve included a few options below.  Please note, this is not an exhaustive list, and you are welcome to bring other hymns and scripture verses than those listed here.

SUGGESTED HYMNS

 Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!He Leadeth Me, Oh Blessed ThoughtLet Us Ever Walk With JesusO God Our Help in Ages PastRock of Ages, Cleft for Me
Abide With MeJesus Keep Me Near the CrossLord Take My Hand and Lead MeO Lord, Now Let Your ServantShall We Gather at the River
Beneath the Cross of JesusJesus Loves MeLord, Thee I Love With All My HeartO Morning Star, How Fair and BrightSoon and Very Soon
Blessed AssuranceJesus Remember MeMy Faith Looks Up to TheeOh, Happy Day When We Shall StandThe King of Love My Shepherd Is
For All the SaintsJesus, Savior, Pilot MeMy Hope is Built on Nothing LessOn Eagle’s WingsThy Holy Wings
Give Me JesusJust a Closer Walk With TheeNow Thank We All Our GodPrecious Lord, Take My HandYou Are Mine
Guide Me Ever, Great RedeemerLet Us Ever Walk With JesusNow We RemainPrecious Lord, Take My Hand

SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE VERSES

1 Cor. 15:12-26Isaiah 40:1-11, 28-31John 10:11-16Matt 11:25-30Psalm 23
1 John 3:1-2Isaiah 43:1-3a, 5-7John 11:21-27Matt 18:1-5, 10-14Psalm 42:1-5
1 Peter 1:3-9Isaiah 55:1-3, 6-13John 14:1-6Matt 5:1-10Psalm 46:1-7
1 Thess. 4:13-14, 18Isaiah 61:1-3John 14:25-27Psalm 118Psalm 90
2 Cor. 4:6-12, 16-18Isaiah 65 17-20, 23-25John 6:37-40Psalm 121Revelation 21:2-7
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8Isaiah 66:10-14Lam. 3:22-26, 31-33Psalm 130Revelation 22:1-5
Hebrews 12:1-2Jeremiah 31:8-13Luke 24:1-9Psalm 139:7-12Revelation 7:9-17
Isaiah 25:6-9Job 19:23-27aMark 10:13-16Psalm 142:1-6Romans 5:1-11
Isaiah 40:1, 6-11John 1:1-5, 9-14Mark 16:1-7Psalm 143Romans 8:31-35, 37-39

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS

As you consider what you would like to include in the service, please hold the following in mind:
  1. If you would like a family member or friend to speak at the service, that would be welcomed.  However, we would ask that they write down what they will say ahead of time, so that they can be sure to stick to those stories and ideas that they wished to focus on.
  2. As a general policy, we do not use recorded music in worship.  If you would like to play a piece of music that was special to your loved one, the visitation service or the reception following the service would be wonderful places to include this.
  3. Solos and soloists are wonderful additions to the service.  However, it’s a good idea to include at least two hymns for the congregation to sing.  By joining in the songs of praise, they are invited into the service in a more intimate way, finding voice for their own grief and sorrow – as well as their own proclamation of faith in God’s gift.
  4. It is appropriate to celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the service.  Though this is not often done, there is no better expression of our trust in the gift God gave us in Jesus to save us.
  5. Flowers are a wonderful expression of people’s love and care for the deceased.  However, there are many opportunities for lasting gifts to the church.  Memorial gifts may be made to the FLC Foundation, as well as to individual ministries within the church.  The church office keeps a list of possible gifts.  Please note, we record all memorial gifts in our memorial gift book, but will not attach a memorial gift plaque to the gift.

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