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Easter Fears Sermon Starter/Outline by Peter W. Marty https://perspectivesjournal.org/blog/2005/04/16/easter-fears/ Reflecting on the Gospel resurrection accounts, Peter Marty maintains that freedom from fear is the most powerful effect of Easter. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Peter W. Marty

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Funeral as Worshipful drama Book Quote by Thomas G. Long https://www.faithandleadership.com/features/articles/worshipful-drama This is an excerpt from the book, "Accompany Them with Singing - the Christian Funeral” by Thomas G. Long. It says that a Christian funeral is a continuation and elaboration of the baptismal service. Resource type: Book Quote Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Thomas G. Long

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Christian Funerals: Going to be with God Article by Joan Huyser-Honig http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/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

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Funeral Prayers for Special Circumstances Service Outline by Paul Sheppy https://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/578/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

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Funeral Women Article by Steve Mathonnet-VanderWell https://blog.perspectivesjournal.org/2014/01/13/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

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Resurrection Hope and Difficult Funerals Article by David Blauw https://perspectivesjournal.org/blog/2017/10/31/resurrection-hope-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

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Preaching at Funerals Article by Steve Gerhard http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1976 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. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Steve Gerhard

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The Rain: A Funeral Story Element of Worship by Michelle Lewis http://ismreview.yale.edu/article/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

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Inner-City Funeral Director Audio/Video by Lucky Severson http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2010/01/08/january-8-2010-inner-city-funeral-director/5362/ This video interview illustrates themes of grief, violence, and sacrifice as a woman describes her ministry to the living and the dead through running a funeral home that services the victims of inner-city shootings. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Author: Lucky Severson

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A Good Funeral Article by Gary Brouwers https://www.reformedworship.org/article/march-2010/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

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From Sorrow to Hope: Choosing music for the funeral service Song/Hymn by LeRoy G. Christoffels https://www.reformedworship.org/article/june-1992/sorrow-hope-choosing-music-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

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Full Text Hymns on Funeral Be Still, My SoulPD
Funeral hymn—deathPD
Precious Lord, Take My Hand©
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Two Funerals Article by Thom Fiet https://perspectivesjournal.org/blog/2004/05/16/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. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Thom Fiet

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Not Just for Funerals Commentary/Exegesis by David J. Lose http://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?m=4377&post=1591 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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Funeral Held for Racial Slur Sermon Illustration http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2007/september/2091007.html This sermon illustration tells about a symbolic funeral in Detroit for the racial slur commonly referred to as "the n-word." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today

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Reclaiming Funerals as Christian Worship Audio/Video by John D Witvliet http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/reclaiming-funerals-as-christian-worship This audio workshop focuses on funerals or memorials as a form of worship and considers the role of the Church and worship planners in community-wide memorial services. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: John D Witvliet

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Ham Buns and Cake: Why family and friends gather after the funeral Article by Melvin D. Hugen https://www.reformedworship.org/article/june-1992/ham-buns-and-cake-why-family-and-friends-gather-after-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

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Cry Freedom: Funeral Speech Audio/Video https://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/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

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Rethinking a Reformed Reluctance: A call for the church to reclaim the funeral as a worship service Article by Peter C. Hogeterp https://www.reformedworship.org/article/june-1992/rethinking-reformed-reluctance-call-church-reclaim-funeral-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

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Tony Campolo Experiences Powerful Moment at Funeral Sermon Illustration by Anthony Campolo http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2009/january/7010509.html In this sermon illustration about resurrection, Tony Campolo describes a powerful moment he experienced at friend's funeral when he was young. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Anthony Campolo

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