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Funeral Service

We come together today to celebrate the life of

We come
to give God thanks for him,
to honour a departed friend,
to mourn his passing, and
to lay his mortal body to rest.

Welcome and Introduction

Christians believe that those who die in Christ
share eternal life with him.
Therefore, in faith and hope
We offer our prayer of thanksgiving and trust to God,
in whose loving care we leave our friend;
we will recall the certainty of our own coming death and judgment
and we proclaim the resurrection of Christ and claim the promise that
all those who believe in him will rise again with him,
and that we are united with them in him

Sentences of Scripture
Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life;he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die." (JOhn 11:25-26)

St Paul writes: I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (1 Cor 15:38-39)

Opening Hymn:
Funeral Hymns: {Funeral Hymn}

Bible Readings:



Thanksgiving for a Life
We thank God for the gift of life, and for the life of N.
We thank you for...

Heavenly father, preserve among us the good of his example, and keep us in the way of truth, until we come to your eternal kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For those who mourn
Almighty God,Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort;
deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn,
that, casting all their care on you,
they may know the consolation of your love

And father, we pray for the coming of your kingdom, that in the last day,
when you bring together all things in Christ,
we with all who have died in him
may enjoy the fulfilment of your promises;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us all now join in the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

Committal Prayer
Hear these words of scripture:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3-4)

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thes 4:13-14)

Please stand

Let us pray:
Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
You have given us a sure and certain hope
of the resurrection to eternal life;
In your keeping are all those who have departed in Christ.
We here commit the body of our dear brother/siser N
[to the ground/to be cremated]
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died and was buried, and rose again for us,
And who shall change our mortal body
That it may be like his glorious body.
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen

The peace of God, who passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord:
And the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, be amongst you and remain with you always. Amen

Recessional Hymn:
Funeral Hymns:

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