Funerals – recommended readings and hymns
Among the Bible Readings suggested in the orders of service are:
- Matthew 5:1-12a (The Beatitudes)
- John 5:24-29; 6:37-40 (Seeing the Son and believing in him)
- John 11:21-27 (I am the resurrection and the life)
- Romans 8:31b-39 (Nothing will separate us from God’s love in Christ)
- I Corinthians 15:20-26,35-58 (Death, where is your victory?)
- Revelation 7:9-17 (God will wipe away every tear)
- Isaiah 61:1-3 (Good news for the broken hearted)
- Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 (No torment will touch them).
There are many suitable hymns. Here is a small selection.
- Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.
- Guide me, O thou great Jehovah/Redeemer.
- How sweet the name of Jesus sounds.
- Jesus lives!
- Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy.
- O love that wilt not let me go.
- Praise, my soul, the king of heaven.
- The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
- Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son.