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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
Funeral as 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 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 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 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 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. Resource type: Article Source: Working Preacher Author: Steve Gerhard 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 Inner-City Funeral Director 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 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 Contest Tries to Name Funeral Home Café This story about a funeral home opening a coffee shop on its premises illustrates the human tendency to deny life's hard truths and/or avoid thinking about death (cf., Genesis 3:19; Psalm 39:5; Ecclesiastes 12:14). Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Preaching Today. Leadership Full Text Hymns on Funeral Be Still, My SoulPD
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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 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 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 Funeral Held for Racial Slur 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 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 What Do You Want Said at Your Funeral? A humorous sermon illustration about what one might like to have happen at their funeral, appropriate for Psalm 49:15, Romans 10:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, and similar passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: John Beukema 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 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
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