FUNERAL INFORMATION
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
NAME: ___________________________________________________________
DATE OF BIRTH ________________DATE OF DEATH ______________AGE _________
DATE OF BAPTISM ________________________________________________
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DATE AND TIME OF FUNERAL __________________________________________________
PLACE AND DATE OF BURIAL/INURNMENT_______________________________________
VISITATION AT FUNERAL HOME _____________VISITATION AT CHURCH _____________
LUNCHEON? Y/N
Number planning for at luncheon _____________
ST. ANDREW’S LUNCHEONS
____ ham sandwiches
____ potato chips OR _____ hot potatoes
____ baked beans
Pickle spears, coffee and cakes
$2.00 per plate suggested donation
to the women’s organization
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BIBLE READINGS (as many as you wish)
Suggested Bible passages printed on following pages
1. __________________________________
2. __________________________________
3. __________________________________
CONGREGATIONAL SINGING (Hymns)
Suggested hymns printed on following pages
ORGANIST/PIANIST: ______________________
1. Near beginning _________________________________________________________
2. After Message ________________________________________________________
3. At end ______________________________________________________________
4. other ? ______________________________________________________________
SPECIAL MUSIC (music appropriate for a worship service, with God or praise of God as focus)
NAMES OF SONG(S)
MUSICIAN/VOCALIST(S):
1. ___________________________________________________________________
2. ___________________________________________________________________
3. ___________________________________________________________________
FAMILY/PERSONAL REFLECTIONS (one-two page typed reflections/memories/or a good-bye letter.)
This really personalizes the funeral service of worship, and allows the message to focus on the
proclamation of the Gospel, and words of comfort and hope from God’s word.
BY WHOM?
1. ______________________________________________
2. ______________________________________________
COMMUNION – Y____ N ____
Receiving the true presence of Jesus in the bread and the wine can be a source of comfort for
those mourning. Communion is also a “foretaste of the feast to come” – and is therefore both a
way of claiming and proclaiming the promise of eternal life, as well as a means through which we
are united with those who have died in the faith.
SERVERS _______________________________________________________________
PASTORS’ ROLES:
At St. Andrew’s both pastors typically participate in all funerals, including meeting with the
family for support, prayer and comfort, engaging in family “re-membering” and to plan the
funeral service of worship. Both want to establish or continue a pastoral relationship with you.
One will preach the sermon, the other preside at worship. If you have a preference as to which
pastor does what, we will try to accommodate that.
PRESIDING _____________________
PREACHING __________________________
SUGGESTED SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR FUNERALS
OLD TESTAMENT
Verses
Job 19:23-27
Proverbs 31:10-31
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Isaiah 25:6-9
Isaiah 35:3-10
Isaiah 40:1-11
Isaiah 40:27-31
Isaiah 43:1-3, 18-19, 25
Isaiah 55:1-3,6-13
Isaiah 61:1-4,10-11
Isaiah 65:17-25
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Zechariah 8:1-8
Theme
My Redeemer lives
Portrait of a godly woman
For everything there is a season
God will swallow up death forever
The ransomed shall return
He shall feed his flock
They who wait for the Lord
I am going to do a new thing
God’s gracious covenant
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
A new heaven and a new earth
Written on the heart
Children at play in God’s city
PSALMS
Verses
Psalm 23
Psalm 34:1-8
Psalm 42:1-6a
Psalm 46
Psalm 90:1-6,10,12-17
Psalm 91:1-2,9-12,14-16
Psalm 103:1-5,10-18
Psalm 116:1-9,12-15
Psalm 121
Psalm 130
Psalm 139:1-12,23-24
Psalm 143
Theme
The Lord is my shepherd
Taste and see that the Lord is good
As the deer longs for flowing streams
God is our refuge and strength
So teach us to number our days
In the shadow of the Almighty
God’s steadfast love
Precious is the death of his saints
The Lord will keep you
Out of the depths
Pursued by God
Hear my prayer, O Lord
NEW TESTAMENT
Verses
Romans 5:1-11
Romans 6:3-9
Romans 8:14-23
Romans 8:31-35,37-39
1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
1 Corinthians 15:51-58
2 Corinthians 4:7-14
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Theme
While we were yet sinners
Baptized into Christ’s death.
Joint heirs with Christ
Who shall separate us?
But the greatest of these is love
Assurance of resurrection
O, death, where is thy sting?
Perplexed, but not in despair
A house not made with hands
Philippians 2:5-11
Philippians 4:4-9
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Hebrews 12:1-2
1 Peter 1:3-9
1 John 1:1-7
Revelation 7:9-17
Revelation 21:22-27
Revelation 22:1-7
GOSPEL READINGS
Verses
Matthew 5:1-10
Matthew 11:25-30
Matthew 18:1-5,10-14
Matthew 25:31-40
Mark 10:13-16
Luke 23:32-43
Luke 24:1-5, 9-14
Luke 24:13-35
John 1:1-5, 9-14
John 3:16-21
John 5:19-29
John 6:37-40
John 10:7-16
John 11:17-27
John 14:1-7
John 14:25-27
He emptied himself
Rejoice in the Lord
The comfort of his coming again
A cloud of witnesses
Born anew to a living hope
Walk in the light
A great multitude in white robes
The heavenly Jerusalem
The Lamb of God and the Tree of Life
Theme
Blessed are those who mourn
Easy yoke, light burden
Become like children
You gave me food
Let the children come to me
Today I will be with you in Paradise
The resurrection of Christ
Known in the breaking of the bread
The light shines in the darkness
God so loved the world
The Son gives life
The Bread of Life
The Good Shepherd
I am the Resurrection
The Way, the Truth, the Life
Peace I leave with you
POSSIBLE HYMNS FOR CONGREGATIONAL SINGING AT FUNERALS
FROM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN WORSHIP (ELW) HYMNAL
Hymn #629 “Abide with Me”
Hymn #779 “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”
Hymn #890 “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
Hymn #838 “Beautiful Savior”
Hymn #338 “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”
Hymn #793 “Be Thou My Vision”
Hymn #732 “Borning Cry”
Hymn #781 “Children of the Heavenly Father”
Hymn #790 “Day By Day”
Hymn #787 “Eagles’ Wings” (aka “You Who Dwell in the Shelter of the Lord”)
Hymn #756 “Eternal Father , Strong top Save”
Hymn #422 “For All the Saints”
Hymn #733 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Hymn #612 “Healer of Our Every Ill”
Hymn #856 “How Great Thou Art”
Hymn #619 “I Know That My Redeemer Lives!”
Hymn #661 “I Love To Tell the Story”
Hymn #324 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”
Hymn #628 “Jerusalem My Happy Home”
Hymn #836 “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
Hymn #697 “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”
Hymn #592 “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”
Hymn #881 “Let All Things Now Living”
Hymn #660 “Lift High the Cross”
Hymn #765 “Lord of All Hopefulness”
Hymn #767 “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me”
Hymn #631 “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Hymn #597 “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
Hymn #627 “O Day Full of Grace”
Hymn #818 “O Master, Let Me Walk with You”
Hymn #787 “On Eagle’s Wings”
Hymn #858 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Hymn # 773 “Precious Lord Take My Hand”
Hymn #623 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”
Hymn #789 “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
Hymn #502 “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”
Hymn #824 “This Is My Father’s World”
Hymn #613 “Thy Holy Wings”
Hymn #742 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
Hymn #666 “What Wondrous Love is This”
Hymn #853 “When Morning Gilds the Skies”
Hymn #785 “When Peace Like a River”
FUNERAL SERVICE OF WORSHIP
for
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St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
with options
Prelude - clergy and family walk in during prelude
INTRODUCTION
_____OPTION A: Welcome in the name of Jesus
Welcome in the name of Jesus, the Savior of the world. We are gathered to worship, to proclaim Christ crucified and
risen, to remember before God our sister/brother name, to give thanks for her/his life, to commend her/him to our
merciful redeemer, and to comfort one another in our grief.
______OPTION B: Blessed be the God and Father
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of all mercy and the God of all consolation,
who comforts us in all our sorrows so that we can comfort others in their sorrows with the consolation we ourselves
have received from God.
THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
A thanksgiving for baptism follows. As a sign of being clothed with Christ in baptism, a pall is placed on the coffin
______OPTION A: When we were baptized in Christ Jesus
When we were baptized in Christ Jesus, we were baptized into his death. We were buried therefore with him by
baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live a new
life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection
like his.
______OPTION B: All who are baptized into Christ
All who are baptized into Christ have put on Christ. In her/his baptism, name was clothed with Christ. In the day of
Christ's coming, she/he shall be clothed with glory.
HYMN/SOLO
ACCLAMATION
Eternal God, maker of heaven and earth, who formed us from the dust of the earth, who by your breath gave us life,
we glorify you. We glorify you.
Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who suffered death for all humanity, who rose from the grave to open the
way to eternal life, we praise you. We praise you.
Holy Spirit, author and giver of life, the comforter of all who sorrow, our sure confidence and everlasting hope, we
worship you. We worship you.
To you, O blessed Trinity, be glory and honor, forever and ever. Amen.
GREETING
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
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______OPTION A: O God of grace and glory
Let us pray. O God of grace and glory, we remember before you today our sister/brother, name. We thank you for
giving her/him to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion,
console us who mourn. Give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ,
so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the
company of all your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
______OPTION B: Almighty God, source of all mercy
Let us pray. Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort, graciously tend those who mourn, that, casting
all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.
______OPTION C: At the death of a child
Let us pray. Holy God, your beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them. Help us to entrust name to
your never-failing care and love. Comfort us as we bear the pain of her/his death, and receive us all into your
everlasting arms, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
HYMN/ OR SPECIAL MUSIC (optional)
READING OF OBITUARY
FAMILY/PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
HYMN OR SPECIAL MUSIC
BIBLE READINGS AND MESSAGE
HYMN OR SPECIAL MUSIC
APOSTLE’S CREED
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
WORDS OF INSTITUTION (optional – if communion will be served)
LORD'S PRAYER
DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNION (optional)
COMMENDATION
Let us commend name to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer.
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant name. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a
sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her/him into the arms of
your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
BLESSING
Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever. Amen.
TABLE GRACE If there is to be a luncheon Following the funeral service AND/OR committal service
HYMN
DISMISSAL
Postlude
Let us go forth in peace, in the name of Christ. Amen.
Clergy walk out ahead of casket/urn; family follows
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