The Funeral Service
In a Christian church, it is understood that the funeral or memorial service is to be conducted as an act of worship. While the service may be comforting for the grieving and may meet a variety of social needs, its nature should be determined by the same considerations that govern other services of worship. The Word of God should be central. With the reading of appropriate passages, the minister may apply the message of the Word for comfort, hope, and healing. Prayer also is an important element. With prayer, we praise God for His goodness of the gift of life, in general, and for the life of the deceased, in particular. We thank God for resurrection victory and the confidence of everlasting life, and we pray for the comfort and the care of all who are present, according to their needs.
Planning and Arrangements
Because it is difficult to plan wisely under emotional stress, we want to offer assistance if you wish to discuss plans and preferences ahead of time. Some of these decisions may include the Christian options of burial or cremation, internment of the remains, an order of service, and participants in this service. The service ordinarily should be held in the usual place of worship in order to join this service to the community’s continuing life and witness to the resurrection. The service shall be under the direction of the pastor. Others may be invited to participate as leaders in the service at the discretion of the pastor.
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