Funeral

    An Outline Order for a Memorial Service 
     
    For Notes, see here.
        The Gathering  
     
1
  The minister welcomes the people and introduces the service.
     
2
  Sentences of Scripture may be used.
     
3
  Authorized Prayers of Penitence may be used.
     
4
  The Collect may be said here or in the Prayers.
     
    Readings and Sermon  
     
5
  One or more readings from the Bible is used. Psalms or hymns may follow the readings.
     
6
  Other songs and readings may be used and a tribute or tributes made.
     
7
  A sermon is preached, testimony may be given and an authorized Creed or Affirmation of Faith may be used.
     
    Prayers  
     
8
  The prayers usually follow this sequence:
     
       Thanksgiving for the life of the departed
     
       Prayer for those who mourn
     
       Prayers of Penitence (if not already used)
     
       Prayer for readiness to live in the light of eternity
       
    Commendation and Dismissal  
     
9
  The dead person is commended to God with authorized words.
     
10
  The service may end with a blessing.
     
     
    An Outline Order
for a Memorial Service within a
Celebration of Holy Communion 
       
     
  For Notes, see here.
                The Gathering  
     
1
  The minister welcomes the people and introduces the service.
     
  2
  Sentences of Scripture may be used.
     
  3
  Authorized Prayers of Penitence are used here or in the Prayers.
     
4
  The Collect is said here or in the Prayers.
     
   
The Liturgy of the Word
 
     
5
  One or more readings from the Bible, including a Gospel reading, is used.
    salms or hymns may follow the readings.
     
6
  Other songs and readings may be used and a tribute or tributes made.
     
7
  A sermon is preached, testimony may be given and an authorized Creed or Affirmation of Faith may be used.
     
   
Prayers
 
     
8
  The prayers usually follow this sequence:
     
       Thanksgiving for the life of the departed
     
       Prayer for those who mourn
     
       Prayers of Penitence (if not already used)
     
       Prayer for readiness to live in the light of eternity
     
   
The Liturgy of the Sacrament
 
     
9
  The Peace
      
10
  Preparation of the Table
    Taking of the Bread and Wine
     
11
  The Eucharistic Prayer (any authorized Eucharistic Prayer may be used)
     
12
  The Lord's Prayer (used here rather than in the Prayers)
     
13
  Breaking of the Bread
     
14
  Giving of Communion
     
15
  Prayer after Communion
    Commendation and Dismissal
     
16
  The dead person is commended to God with authorized words.
     
17
  The service may end with a blessing.
     
     
   
Notes
 
     
1
  These Outline Orders are designed for use in church several weeks after the Funeral service has taken place. One way of amplifying the first Order is provided below.
     
2
  If the memorial service takes place on the same day as, or very soon after, the Funeral, the Funeral service should be used, without the Committal.
     
3
  For annual memorial services a provision such as that on pages 62-82 in The Promise of His Glory should be used.
     
4
  Care should be taken to ensure that there is a clear president throughout, who introduces and concludes the service, and that the number of other speakers, musical items and non-biblical readings does not unbalance the service from its focus on the word of God, prayer and thanksgiving.
     
     
    Memorial Service: A Sample Service
     
   
The Gathering
 
     
    The minister welcomes the people and introduces the service.
     
    Sentences of Scripture may be sung or said, and a hymn may be sung.
     
    The minister says
     
    We meet in the name of Jesus Christ,
who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father.
Grace and mercy be with you.
[All
  And also with you.]
     
  The minister introduces the service in these or other suitable words
     
    We look not to the things that are seen
but to the things that are unseen;
for the things that are seen are transient
but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Today we come together
to remember before God our brother/sister N ,
to give thanks for his/her life
and to comfort one another in our grief.
     
   
Opening Prayer
 
     
  One of these prayers is said
     
    Father in heaven,
we thank you because you made us in your own image
and gave us gifts in body, mind and spirit.
We thank you now for N
and what he/she meant to each of us.
As we honour his/her memory,
make us more aware that you are the one
from whom comes every perfect gift,
including the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. 
All
  Amen. 
     
  (or)
     
    Father in heaven, we praise your name
for all who have finished this life loving and trusting you,
for the example of their lives,
the life and grace you gave them
and the peace in which they rest.
We praise you today for your servant N
and for all that you did through him/her.
Meet us in our sadness
and fill our hearts with praise and thanksgiving,
for the sake of our risen Lord, Jesus Christ. 
All
  Amen.
   
Readings and Sermon
 
     
  This canticle may be used
     
All
  The ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
     
    The wilderness and the dry land shall rejoice:
the desert shall burst into song.

They shall see the glory of the Lord:
the majesty of our God.
     
All
  The ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
     
    Strengthen the weary hands:
make firm the feeble knees.

Say to the anxious: Be strong, fear not,
your God is coming with judgement:
coming with judgement to save you.
     
All
  The ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
   
Isaiah 35.1,2b,3,4,10a
     
  A reading from the Old or New Testament may be used.
At the end the reader may say
     
    This is the word of the Lord.
All
  Thanks be to God.
     
  A reading from the New Testament (which may be a Gospel reading) is used. When the Gospel is announced the reader says
     
    Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N .
All
  Glory to you, O Lord.
     
  At the end
     
    This is the Gospel of the Lord.
All
  Praise to you, O Christ.
     
  Memories may be shared, a tribute or tributes may be made. Psalms, hymns and other songs and readings may be used.
     
  A sermon is preached.
     
  One of these prayers may be used to provide a link with the Affirmation of Faith or the Thanksgiving
     
  Father in heaven,
we give you thanks for your servant N.
We praise you as we recollect his/her life and cherish
      his/her
memory.
We bless you that in bearing your image
he/she has brought light to our lives;
for we have seen
      in his/her friendship reflections of your compassion,
      in his/her integrity demonstrations of your goodness,
      in his/her faithfulness glimpses of your eternal love.
Grant to each of us, beloved and bereft,
the grace to follow his/her good example
so that we with him/her may come to your everlasting kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who died and rose again and opened the gate of glory,
to whom be praise for all eternity. 
All
  Amen.
     
  (or)
     
    Almighty Saviour,
those who have died in faith
have eternal joy in your presence.
For us who remain, be with us in our sadness
and turn our eyes to you.
By your death once for all upon the cross,
raise us to new life,
give us victory over death
and confidence to look forward to your coming. 
All
  Amen.
   
Affirmation of Faith
 
     
  This Affirmation of Faith may be used
     
    Let us declare our faith
in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ:
     
All
  Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe. 

Amen.                                                                 
   
cf 1 Corinthians 15.3-7
     
   
Prayers
 
     
   
Prayers of Penitence
 
     
  The minister may introduce the confession with these or other suitable words
     
    God has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. As we acknowledge our human frailty, we call to mind our sins of word, deed and omission, and confess them before God our Father.
     
  Silence is kept.
     
All
  Father eternal, giver of light and grace,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,
in what we have thought,
in what we have said and done,
through ignorance, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We have wounded your love,
and marred your image in us.
We are sorry and ashamed,
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past;
and lead us out from darkness
to walk as children of light. 

Amen.
     
  The minister says an authorized absolution.
     
   
Prayers of Intercession
 
     
  Suitable prayers are said (see here).
     
  This introduction and response may be used
     
    In peace let us pray to the Lord, using the response:

Hear us, risen Lord,
All
  our resurrection and our life.
                
   
Prayers of Thanksgiving
 
     
  Hymns may be sung and testimony given.

Either the whole of, or these verses from, the Te Deum may be used
     
    You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you took our flesh to set us free
you humbly chose the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
     
  One or more of these thanksgivings may be used
     
    You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power.
     
All
  For you have created all things,
and by your will they have their being.
     
    You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed for God
      saints from every tribe and language and nation.
     
All
  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests
      serving our God,
and they will reign with you on earth.

To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour, glory and might,
      for ever and ever.
Amen.
     
  (or)
     
    We give you thanks and praise, almighty Father,
that you sent your Son to die,
and raised him from the dead.
We praise you in the confidence that you save all your people,
living and dead.
Lord, hear us:
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
     
    We thank you for N,
who in baptism was given the pledge of eternal life
and is now admitted to the company of the saints.
Lord, hear us:
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
     
    We thank you for our brother/sister who shared the bread of life,
a foretaste of the eternal banquet of heaven.
Lord, hear us:
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
     
    We thank you for our relatives and friends
and for all who have helped us,
who enjoy the reward of their goodness.
Lord, hear us:
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
     
    We pray that the family and friends of our brother/sister N
may be consoled in their grief by the Lord,
who wept at the death of Lazarus his friend.
Lord, hear us:
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
     
    We pray for all of us assembled here to worship in faith,
that we may be gathered together again in God's kingdom.
Lord, hear us:
All
  Lord, graciously hear us.
     
  (or)
     
    Lord God, creator of all,
you have made us creatures of this earth,
but have also promised us a share in life eternal.
According to your promises,
may all who have died in the peace of Christ
share with your saints in the joy of heaven,
where there is neither sorrow nor pain
but life everlasting.
All
  Alleluia. Amen.
     
   
The Commendation
 
     
    Almighty God,
in your great love
you crafted us by your hand
and breathed life into us by your Spirit.
Although we became a rebellious people,
you did not abandon us to our sin.
In your tender mercy
you sent your Son
to restore in us your image.
In obedience to your will
he gave up his life for us,
bearing in his body our sins on the cross.
By your mighty power
you raised him from the grave
and exalted him to the throne of glory.
Rejoicing in his victory
and trusting in your promise
to make alive all who turn to Christ,
we commend N to your mercy
and we join with all your faithful people
and the whole company of heaven
in the one unending song of praise:
glory and wisdom and honour
be to our God for ever and ever. 
All
  Amen.
   
The Lord's Prayer
 
     
    As our Saviour taught us, so we pray                                                     
     
All
  Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. 
Amen. 
     
  (or)         
     
    Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us
     
All
  Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who 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.
     
    The Dismissal  
     
    The Peace  
     
    Jesus said: Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives give I unto you. Do not let your
hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

The peace of the risen Christ be always with you
All
  and also with you.
    Conclusion  
     
    Neither death nor life
can separate us from the love of God
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grant to us, Lord God,
to trust you not for ourselves alone,
but also for those whom we love
and who are hidden from us by the shadow of death;
that, as we believe your power to have raised
      our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead,
so may we trust your love to give eternal life to all
      who believe in him;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
All
  Amen.
     
    The God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
make you perfect in every good work to do his will;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. 
All
  Amen.