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When The Game Stands Tall: Memorial Service After the sudden and tragic death of one of his players, Coach Ladoucer speaks at T.K.’s funeral. A clip from the film, When The Game Stands Tall (2:27). Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: WingClips Funeral as Worshipful drama The Christian funeral acts out the story of a person’s life in light of the gospel -- a story that begins at baptism. Resource type: Book Quote | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Thomas G. Long Christian Funerals: Going to be with God Thomas Long makes a case for classic Christian funeral traditions. Howard Vanderwell and Leonard VanderZee offer pastoral ... considerations for planning funerals and memorial services. A feature story exploring the ... Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Joan Huyser-Honig Cry Freedom: Funeral Speech This passionate speech from the movie "Cry Freedom," at the funeral of a fellow reformer, advocates for judging all people "as human beings, as equal members of God's family." Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: WingClips Funeral Prayers for Special Circumstances These funeral prayers by Paul Sheppy may be adopted for the death of a child, for one who has died suddenly, for one who has died after dementia, and for suffering following a natural disaster. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Paul Sheppy From Sorrow to Hope: Choosing music for the funeral service In a funeral service, well-chosen music can aid sorrowing people to lift their hearts to the God of all comfort. This article provides a list of guiding principles which might be helpful for developing the service. Resource type: Song/Hymn | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: LeRoy G. Christoffels A Good Funeral A reflection on the story that is told at funerals, suggesting that those stories be told in four movements: creation, fall, redemption, new creation. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Gary Brouwers Funeral Women In this reflection on "funeral women," Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell celebrates the gospel-embodied by the women (and men) who faithfully persevere in the kitchen to prepare and serve a funeral lunch. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell Tony Campolo Experiences Powerful Moment at Funeral A sermon illustration by Tony Campolo on a powerful moment he experienced at friend's funeral when he was young. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Anthony Campolo Ham Buns and Cake: Why family and friends gather after the funeral Why do we gather at a funeral? We gather to communally remember, and Melvin Dale Hugen points towards ways a congregation can help facilitate this rememberance. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Melvin D. Hugen Full Text Hymns on Funeral Be Still, My SoulPD
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Pastoral Undertaking: A Case for Prearranging Funerals Marc Nelesen speaks to the pastoral care that happens when church members prearrange their funerals at all stages of life. Emily Brink includes some notes on the role of the funeral pall, an artistic fabric that... Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Marc Nelesen Rethinking a Reformed Reluctance: A call for the church to reclaim the funeral as a worship service A funeral needs to have space for a communal service of worship. Peter C. Hogterp reflects upon his parent's funerals to illustrate these points. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Peter C. Hogeterp Resurrection Hope and Difficult Funerals How can pastors and congregations at large respond to surprising deaths and difficult funerals in light of Christian hope? A panel of ministers reflect on this question. Resource type: Article | Source: Perspectives Journal | Author: David Blauw Pastor at Funeral Damns Death An illustration by Philip Yancey, describing the story of a pastor that damned death at a funeral, appropriate for 1 John 3:8, John 11:25-26, and 1 Corinthians 15:54-57. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Philip Yancey Requiem In this funeral homily on Romans 8:14-25, Jessica Bratt rejoices in the life of her grandmother, remembering the God who loves us as children calls us to serve all God’s children. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: The Twelve | Author: Jessica Bratt The Rain: A Funeral Story Michelle Lewis relates an example of creative funeral liturgy combining play, respect, and remembrance. Resource type: Element of Worship | Source: The Yale ISM Review | Author: Michelle Lewis Reclaiming Funerals as Christian Worship This video presentation explores aspects of funeral planning for pastors and worship leaders with the focus on the funeral (or memorial) service as worship as well as the role of the church in community-wide memorial services. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: John D. Witvliet
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