Music for the Service
The prelude music helps to prepare mourners for the service to follow. Music with special meaning to the deceased or family members may be selected; consider preludes on favorite hymn tunes. The St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran church Worship Director is available to provide guidance in musical selection.
Procession into the church A hymn of comfort, baptismal remembrance, or resurrection hope is appropriate.
Hymn following the sermon
A hymn that carries forth the images of the readings and sermon or is reflective of the life of faith of the deceased is appropriate.
Recession out of the church
A final hymn may be sung as the coffin is carried from the church, usually one of resurrection hope. It is appropriate for the recession to simply be accompanied by an instrumental musical selection.
Soloists - it is appropriate for special music to be provided by soloists or other instrumentalists. Fees will be determined by the musician and paid directly to the musician.
Organist ($150 paid directly to the organist.)
Sound & Video (If utilized $50, paid directly to the technician.)
Pastor Honorarium (suggested $200 - $300 paid directly to the Pastor)
Suggested Hymns for Christian Funerals
All of us go down to the dust
Alleluia! Jesus is risen!
Blessing, honor, and glory
Children of the heavenly Father
Come away to the skies
For all the saints
Guide me ever, great Redeemer.
He leadeth me; O blessed thought!
How great thou art
I am the Bread of life
I know of a sleep in Jesus’ name.
I know that my Redeemer lives!
I want to walk…child of the light
In peace and joy I now depart
In the morning when I rise
Into paradise may the angels lead you
Jerusalem, my happy home
Jesus Christ, my sure defense
Jesus lives! The victory’s won!
Jesus shall reign
Jesus, remember me
Jesus, still lead on
Let us ever walk with Jesus
Lo! He comes with clouds descending
Lord of all hopefulness
My Lord, what a morning
My faith looks up to thee
O Christ the same
O God, our help in ages past
O God, whose will is life and good
O Holy Spirit, enter in
O Lord, now let your servant
O blessed spring
O sacred head, now wounded
Oh, happy day when we shall stand
Oh, what their joy
On Jordan’s stormy bank I stand
On eagle’s wings
Precious Lord, take my hand
Shall we gather at the river
Sing with all the saints in glory
Soon and very soon
The King of love my shepherd is
The Lord’s my shepherd (Ps 23).
Thine is the glory
Thine the amen, thine the praise
This joyful Eastertide
Thy holy wings
Wake, awake, for night is flying
We are the Lord’s
We walk by faith and not by sight
We were baptized in Christ Jesus
We who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
What wondrous love is this
Who is this host arrayed in white
Lutheran Book of Worship (LBW), Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) and With One Voice (WOV).
Psalm settings, especially of Psalm 23, 121, 42:1-7; 46:1-7, 143
Shepherd Me, O God; Marty Haugen (Ps 23)
Day by day
On Eagle’s Wings; Michael Joncas
Lord, now you let your servant depart in peace
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling