When a Christian dies, it is always appropriate that opportunity be given for the congregation to share the grief of those who mourn and remember the brevity of life on earth. This best happens in a service of worship that takes place in the church where we give voice to our sorrow, thank God for our loved one, and entrust this person into the hands of God. Trusting in God’s promise given in Baptism, that we are claimed by Christ forever, we rest in the sure hope of resurrection.

To personalize the service, you are encouraged to give careful thought even now, to favorite hymns and scripture readings that you would like to have included in your funeral service. It is always appropriate too, that the funeral service include the celebration of Holy Communion as a visible sign of Christ’s healing presence.

The congregation also has a tradition of serving a luncheon for the family of the deceased to give opportunity for the family to gather for mutual support.

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