Funerals/Memorial Services

funeralNone of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.  If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. – Romans 14-7-8

Pastoral Care Prior to Death: Please contact the church office whenever a church member is near death. The Lutheran church provides a service for the Commendation of the Dying which can be performed at the bedside just prior to death or immediately following death. This can be a very meaningful experience for family members.

Planning a funeral: As Christians, we believe we have nothing to fear in death. In fact, it is through dying that we are born to new life. Yet, it is very difficult to let go of those we love. In the midst of our suffering, our church family seeks to lift us up and offer support.

There are many decisions which must be made in the days surrounding the death of a loved one. We encourage you to contact our pastor who will handle your arrangements personally.  Please call the church office at 718-356-1050.

May the grace of God comfort you and keep you during this difficult time. Your church family is praying for you.

 

The pastor will assist you in planning a funeral service for your loved one, to make it a personal reflection and celebration of their life lived here on earth.  The following are some suggested choices for readings and psalms:

PROCESSIONAL READINGS

  • Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd
  • Psalm 90: You have been our dwelling place in all generations
  • Psalm 118: God’s steadfast love endures forever
  • Psalm 121: My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth
  • Psalm 130: Out of the depths I cry to you Isaiah 41:10: Do not be afraid, for I am with you
  • Romans 14: 7-9: Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s
  • Revelation 1: 17-18: Do not be afraid, I am the first and the last
  • Revelation 14: 13: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord
  • Matthew 11: 28-29: Come to me, all you who are weary
  • John 11: 25-26: I am the resurrection and the life
  • John 14: 27: Peace I leave with you

OLD TESTAMENT and PSALMS

  • Job 19: 23-27a: I know that my Redeemer lives Ecclesiastes 3:1-15: For everything there is a season
  • Isaiah 25: 6-9: God will swallow up death forever
  • Isaiah 40: 1-11, 28-31: Comfort, O comfort my people
  • Isaiah 43: 1-3a, 18-19, 25: I am about to do a new thing
  • Isaiah 55: 1-3, 6-13: Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters
  • Isaiah 61: 1-3: The spirit of the Lord God is upon me
  • Jeremiah 31: 8-13: I will turn their mourning into joy
  • Lamentations 3: 22-26, 31-33: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
  • Psalm 42: 1-7: As a deer longs for flowing streams
  • Psalm 46: 1-7: God is our refuge and strength
  • Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills
  • Psalm 139: O Lord, you have searched me and known me
  • Psalm 143: Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my supplications

NEW TESTAMENT and GOSPELS

  • Romans 5: 1-11: Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39: Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
  • Romans 14:6-9: Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s
  • 1 Corinthians 15: 12-26: Christ, the first-fruits, has been raised from the dead
  • 2 Corinthians 4: 7-18: We have this treasure in clay jars
  • 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18: We do not want you to beuninformed about those who have died
  • Colossians 2 :12-15: Buried with Jesus in baptism God made you alive together with him
  • Colossians 3: 1-4: For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God
  • Hebrews 12: 1-2: We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
  • 1 Peter 1: 3-9: A living hope through the resurrection ofJesus Christ from the dead
  • Revelation 7: 9-17: God will wipe away every tear
  • Revelation 21: 2-7: I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem
  • Revelation 22: 1-5: The Lord God will be their light
  • Matthew 5: 1-10: Blessed are those who mourn
  • Matthew 11: 25-30: Come to me, all you who are weary
  • Mark 16: 1-7: The resurrection of Christ
  • Luke 7: 11-17: Raising of the son of the widow of Nain
  • Luke 24: 1-9, 36-43: The resurrection of Christ
  • John 1: 1-5, 9-14: The light shines in the darkness
  • John 5:17-24: All judgment has been given over to the Son
  • John 5:24-30: The Resurrection of the Dead
  • John 6:35-39: Everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life
  • John 6:48-54: I am the living bread which came down from heaven
  • John 6: 37-40: I will raise them up on the last day
  • John 10: 11-16: I am the good shepherd
  • John 11: 21-27: I am the resurrection and the life
  • John 14: 1-6: In my Father’s house are many dwelling places
  • John 14: 25-27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you
  • John 20:1-18: The Resurrection of Jesus (Easter Sunday Gospel)

Some suggested hymns for the funeral service (choose 2 or 3):

  • A Lamb goes Uncomplaining Forth
  • All Creatures, Worship God Most High
  • Alleluia! Jesus is Risen!
  • Amazing Grace
  • At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
  • Baptized in Water
  • Beautiful Savior
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Blessed Assurance
  • Borning Cry
  • Give Me Jesus
  • God Loved the World so That He Gave
  • Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer
  • Healer of Our Every Ill
  • How Great Thou Art
  • I Am the Bread of Life
  • I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
  • I Want Jesus to Walk with Me
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • Jesus, Remember Me
  • Jesus, Still Lead On
  • Just As I Am
  • Lift High the Cross
  • Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
  • My Faith Looks Up to Thee
  • My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
  • My Life Flows on in Endless Song
  • O Christ the Same
  • O Lord, Now Let Your Servant
  • On Eagle’s Wings
  • O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
  • Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  • Shall We Gather at the River
  • Sing With All the Saints in Glory
  • Soon and Very Soon
  • Spirit of Gentleness
  • The Lord’s My Shepherd
  • There is a Balm in Gilead
  • Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise
  • This is My Father’s World
  • Thy Holy Wings
  • Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters
  • We are Baptized in Christ Jesus
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