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Bob Webber Goes Out in Style David Fitch reflects on the funeral of a dear friend and colleague, Bob Webber. The most impressive part was Webber's letter to those in attendance, which was essentially a confession of faith. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch 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 Exiled to Discover God at Work in the World and in Us Karen Wilk discusses the importance of doing ministry by being closely involved with the neighborhood where we are (Jeremiah 29) - even if we feel exiled there. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Karen Wilk 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship | Author: Joan Huyser-Honig 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 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 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 The Spirit Is Not Optional: Embracing the Danger and the Comfort of the Third Person of God This article is about how hearing the Spirit of God speak is not optional for Christians. And it also speaks on how God speaks through the Spirit and creates tangible impacts. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Mandy Smith 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. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Karl E. Moyer Full Text Hymns on Funeral Be Still, My SoulPD
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No More for the Undertaker: A critique of the funeral industry Giving a description of how the funeral industry's business can take advantage of Christians, Joel Belz critiques what is taken for granted in this industry. Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Joel Belz 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... Resource type: Article | Source: Reformed Worship | Author: Ron Rienstra 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 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 An Annual Conference Memorial Service This resource provides suggestions for a memorial service at an annual conference, including hymns, prayers, and scripture readings. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Discipleship Ministries 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 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. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Working Preacher | Author: David J. Lose
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