Funeral Planning

Suggested Funeral Service 

Family may wish to show a video prior to the service beginning in the Gathering area.  

AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE SANCTUARY  The ministers meet the coffin and the bereaved at the entrance to the sanctuary. The assembly stands and faces them.


Welcome in the name of Jesus, the Savior of the world. We are gathered to worship, to proclaim Christ crucified and risen, to remember before God our sister/brother (name), to give thanks for her/his life, to commend her/him to our merciful redeemer, and to comfort one another in our grief.



A thanksgiving for baptism may follow. As a sign of being clothed with Christ in baptism, a pall may be placed on the coffin by family members, pallbearers, or other assisting ministers. (The family will gather with the casket behind the baptismal font and assist with placing the pall on the casket).  Prayer Litany is offered as pall is draped over the coffin 
A procession may form and enter, the ministers leading. A hymn, psalm, or anthem may be sung.



(The family will be encouraged to select a hymn)  The congregation sings the hymn as the casket and family process in.



The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  And also with you.



The presiding minister prays the prayer of the day.  
Let us pray. . .  Amen.  
The assembly is seated.



A public reading of the obituary or other personal story about the individual’s life. This can be read by a family member or by the pastor. 
Special Music is appropriate at this time or in between readings.



Two or three scripture readings are proclaimed.  The family should select one or two readings from the list provided. It is also very appropriate to have family members read the texts. 
In the face of death, scripture readings and preaching witness to the resurrection and bring God’s word of hope and comfort. We proclaim that word also as we sing and profess the Christian faith. Prayers for those who mourn and in thanksgiving for those who have died are followed by the prayer Jesus taught.



The family will be invited to help selected the Gospel reading in conversation with the pastor.





This can be a congregational hymn, a soloist or other special music.



We have been made God’s people through our Baptism into Christ. Living together in trust and hope, we confess our faith.



Prayers of intercession are prayed. To each petition the assembly responds:  God of mercy,  hear our prayer.  The presiding minister concludes the prayers, and the assembly responds  Amen.  

A service with communion continues with the peace. Following the prayer after communion, the service continues with the commendation.  
A service without communion continues as follows.



(Spoken or Sung Solo)




Into the arms of mercy God receives our loved one, and we go out in the peace of Christ.  The ministers take their places at the coffin. The presiding minister leads the commendation.  Let us commend name to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer.  Silence is kept.  
The presiding minister may place her/his hand on the coffin during this prayer.  
Let us go forth in peace,  in the name of Christ. Amen.  
A procession may form and leave the church, the ministers leading.



This can be a congregational hymn, a soloist or other special music. 
At this point we will proceed to the cemetery or place of interment.



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Traditional Worship at 8:00 & 11:00 am
Contemporary Worship at 9:30 am

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