Funeral

    Supplementary Texts
     
 ¶   Sentences
     
    God will show us the path of life; in his presence is the fullness of joy: at his right hand there is pleasure for evermore.               
   
cf Psalm 16.10
     
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.                                                         
   
Psalm 46.1
     
    Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice;
let your ears consider well the voice of my supplications.
   
                                                                                          cf Psalm 130.1
     
    I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been destroyed, then in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
   
Job 19.25-27
     
    As they came from their mother's womb, so they shall go again, naked as they came; they shall take nothing for their toil, which they may carry away with their hands. This also is a grievous ill: just as they came, so shall they go; and what gain do they have from toiling for the wind?         
   
Ecclesiastes 5.15,16
     
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is his faithfulness.                                                          
   
Lamentations 3.22,23
     
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.                    
   
                                                                                            Matthew 5.4
     
    The king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'            
   
  Matthew 25.34
     
    Jesus said, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'                                               
   
Luke 23.43
     
    God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.                                                             
   
John 3.16
     
    This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.          
   
John 6.40
     
    'I am the resurrection and the life,' says the Lord. 'Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.'  
   
John 11.25,26
     
    In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
   
John 14.2,3
     
    I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
   
Romans 8.38,39
     
    What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him - these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.        
   
                                                                               1 Corinthians 2.9-10a
     
    He must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.          
   
1 Corinthians 15.25,26
     
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.            
   
2 Corinthians 1.3,4
     
    We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.              
   
2 Corinthians 5.1
     
    We believe that Jesus died and rose again; and so it will be for those who died as Christians; God will bring them to life with Jesus. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Comfort one another with these words.                                 
   
  cf 1 Thessalonians 4.14,17b,18
     
    We brought nothing into the world, and we take nothing out.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.               
   
1 Timothy 6.7; Job 1.21b
     
    At the Celebration of Holy Communion
     
    Jesus said, 'Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.' [Alleluia.]       
   
  John 6.54
     
  Some Texts which may be used by the Minister
     
    Receiving the coffin
    We receive the body of our brother/sister N
with confidence in God, the giver of life,
who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead.
   
    Sprinkling the coffin with water
    With this water we call to mind N's baptism.
As Christ went through the deep waters of death for us,
so may he bring us to the fullness of resurrection life
with N and all the redeemed.
     
    (or)
     
    Grant, Lord,
that we who are baptized into the death
      of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
may continually put to death our evil desires
      and be buried with him;
and that through the grave and gate of death
we may pass to our joyful resurrection;
through his merits,
who died and was buried and rose again for us,
your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 
All
  Amen.
     
    Covering the coffin with a pall
    We are already God's children,
but what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
Yet we know that when Christ appears we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
     
    (or)
     
    On Mount Zion the Lord will remove the pall of sorrow
hanging over all nations.
He will destroy death for ever.
He will wipe away the tears from every face.  
     
    Placing a Bible on the coffin
    Lord Jesus Christ,
your living and imperishable word brings us to new birth.
Your eternal promises to us and to N are proclaimed in the Bible.
     
    Placing a cross on the coffin
    Lord Jesus Christ,
for love of N and each one of us
you bore our sins on the cross.
     
  The Blessing of a Grave
     
    O God,
whose Son Jesus Christ was laid in a tomb:
bless, we pray, this grave
as the place where the body of N your servant
      may rest in peace,
through your Son, who is the resurrection and the life;
who died and is alive and reigns with you
now and for ever.
All
  Amen.