LUTHERAN FUNERALS

In the latter part of the 15th century, Martin Luther, a German, was one of many who objected to the Roman Catholic teaching that one is saved by faith and good works. In contrast, he believed in being saved by simply following Jesus. He also believed that the church should conduct services in the languages of its peoples and that the clergy should be able to marry. In response, the Church ousted Luther who then founded the Lutheran Church.

The faith spread across Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

Lutherans regard death as a new beginning. They believe that those who have faith are assured eternal life with God. At the service, guests are ushered to seating. If arriving late, they do not enter during the procession or prayer. A pastor presides over the service and reads from the Lutheran Book of Worship or The Lutheran Hymnal of Lutheran Worship. Christians are expected to fully participate, but non-Christians need not kneel, sing or pray with them. If interested in recording the service, permission should be received from the pastor prior to the service. There are no specific rituals for observing the anniversary of the death.

A Lutheran funeral service includes: 

·  Hymns - A funeral service normally has three or four hymns, one at the beginning and at the end of the service, and one or two in the middle, usually before and after the sermon.

·  Eulogy - A eulogy -- now often called a tribute -- should be short and to the point. Eulogies / tributes are not required elements in a Lutheran funeral service. However, the goal of a eulogy, if present, is to give a brief summary of the individual’s life in Christ and present the hope and faith they had in life. Should the family desire such a tribute, guidelines have been agreed upon by the elders. If a eulogy / tribute is required, the elders request that families put together a eulogy / tribute which the Pastors can then read in the funeral service. Alternately, families may wish to have family members or others read eulogies / tributes after funeral guests are seated in the Parish Hall, before the funeral luncheon begins.

·  Invocation

·  Introduction - The Pastor’s greeting to the worshipers, including a reference to Romans 6:3-5.

·  Litany - The service includes responses between Pastor and congregation.

·  Old Testament Reading, often the 23rd Psalm. 

·  Responses to the Readings - Again spoken by Pastor and congregation.

·  A solo may be part of the worship service. Please speak with one of the pastors as to the choice of music.

·  A New Testament Reading Often Revelation 21:1-7.

·  A Gospel Reading Usually John 11:17-27.

·  Apostles’ Creed - A brief statement of the Christian faith.

·  Pastor’s Message

·  Prayers and Lord’s Prayer

·  Commendation - Commending the deceased to the Lord’s care and keeping.

·  Benediction and Blessing

·  A note about the internment or cremation is usually printed in the worship folder. 

·  A note about memorials helps family and friends direct memorial gifts according to the family’s wishes.

 

CHOICE OF HYMNS  

When families meet with the Pastor, they are asked to suggest hymns for the worship service. Here are some hymns that are often used in Christian funerals.

Traditional Hymns

·  Abide with Me! Fast Falls the Eventide 

·  Amazing Grace

·  Beautiful Saviour

·  Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer 

·  How Great Thou Art

·  How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds 

·  I Know that My Redeemer Lives! 

·  If You But Trust in God to Guide You 

·  It Is Well with My Soul 

·  Jesus Lives! the Victory's Won! 

·  Jesus, the Very Thought of You 

·  Jesus, Lead Thou On 

·  Just as I Am

·  The King of Love My Shepherd Is 

·  Lift High the Cross 

·  The Lord's My Shepherd 

·  Lord Take My Hand and Lead Me 

·  Love Divine, All Loves Excelling 

·  A Mighty Fortress 

·  My Faith Looks up to Thee

·  My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less 

·  God, Our Help in Ages Past 

·  Love that Will not Let Me Go 

·  Rock of Ages

·  This Is My Father's World 

·  What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Contemporary and Gospel Songs

·  Abba Father 

·  Because He Lives 

·  Blessed Assurance 

·  Day by Day

·  For Those Tears I Died 

·  God Be with You 

·  Great Is the Lord

·  Great Is Thy Faithfulness 

·  I Am the Bread of Life 

·  I Am the Resurrection 

·  I'd Rather Have Jesus

·  I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry 

·  Just a Closer Walk with Thee 

·  Oh, How He Loves You and Me 

·  The Old Rugged Cross 

·  Sing a New Song unto the Lord 

·  Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling 

·  There Is a Redeemer 

·  Trust and Obey

·  Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus

·  We Rejoice in the Grace of God

Children's Songs

·  Children of the Heavenly Father

·  I Am Jesus Little Lamb 

·  Jesus Loves Me

·  Jesus Wants Me as I Am

·  His Name Is Higher

 

 

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