Search ResultsFuneral 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. Christian Funerals: Going to be with God This article is making the case for Christian funeral traditions. Along with that there are pastoral considerations for planning funerals and memorial services. And how we could start conversations toward talking about funerals. 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. 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. 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. 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. Not Just for Funerals David Lose argues that Romans 8:26-39 is not just for funerals as he points out numerous other fears our congregations might have and assures that not even the worst of them keeps us from God's love. History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 1) C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 1 of 2 focuses on the hymn as a whole and stanza 1. How to Develop a Requiem Choir: A Congregational Ministry for Funerals The ministry of a congregation at a funeral can be underscored by having a choir. Karl E. Moyer gives advice on how to begin one. Preaching at Funerals In this article, Steve Gerhard offers suggested sermon texts and practical advice for how to proclaim hope in the crucified and risen Christ in the context of a funeral. Full Text Hymns on Funeral Be Still, My SoulPD
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See more hymns... 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. The Rain: A Funeral Story Michelle Lewis relates an example of creative funeral liturgy combining play, respect, and remembrance. A Good Funeral: Worship in the face of death Since death and loss are such a large part of our lives, Ron Rienstra looks at how funerals compare with our Sunday worship. If something would not work at a funeral, should it be in worship... Two Funerals "'Oh, no.' Typically, these are not the words one wants to hear from one’s funeral director..." Thom Fiet reflects on conducting funerals. When Someone Dies . . . A pastor answers some common questions about funeral practices and traditions This article invites us to take a closer and more thoughtful look at our funeral practices as Leonard Vander Zee answers some questions Christians often raise about funeral practices and traditions. 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. An Annual Conference Memorial Service This resource provides suggestions for a memorial service at an annual conference, including hymns, prayers, and scripture readings.