American Lutheran Church, De Smet SD

Funeral Services


Funeral Services



At a person’s death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn and remembers the brevity of life on death.  At the funeral we give voice to sorrow, thank God for our loved one, and entrust this companion of ours into the hands of God.  Trusting in God’s promise in baptism that we are claimed by Christ forever, we rest in the sure hope of the resurrection.  When the church gathers to mark the end of life, Christ crucified and risen is the witness of worship and strength of mutual consolation,
and the hope of healing.

The funeral liturgy is a profound remembrance and completion of Christian baptism.  The focus throughout the service is on the unshakeable promises of forgiveness and life through the e work of Jesus Christ.  For those who request it, ALC provides a funeral pall to cover the casket as a reminder of baptism.

Death

The pastor should be notified immediately when a member of the congregation dies.

Plans for a funeral at ALC should always be made in consultation with the pastor and the appropriate members of the staff (vicar, musician, etc.) It is not permissible for social or fraternal societies to conduct ceremonies of any kind within the funeral service.

There is value in planning a funeral before the death of a Christian.  Forms to assist in such planning are available through the church office.

Planning

Funeral services are communal gatherings.  The participation of allow who are gathers is an essential way for mourners to express their grief and faithful hope.  The inclusion of at least two congregational hymns (see the list of recommendations below) and the participation of the congregation in prayers are minimal ways to give voice to all who gather for this service of worship

Words from a family member or friend can be a very appropriate part of the funeral service.  However, great care should be taken in preparing to offer such speech.  The pastor should be consulted with any questions or concerns.

“Live” music-the voices of people really present –is always better than recorded music in Christian worship.  The music of soloist is very welcome in funeral worship, with care being taken to select music in harmony wit the meaning of Christian burial.

While rare in practice, the celebration of Holy Communion is especially appropriate at funerals.

Prayer services, usually on the evening before the funeral, can be the preferred settings for multiple speakers, reflecting on the life of the love one, using resources normally omitted from the funeral service-recorded music personal reminiscences. Etc.

Suggested Hymns

Beneath the Cross of Jesus                                            My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Blessed Assurance                                                        Amazing Grace                    

 
Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus                                         Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer

Now We Thank We All Our God                                     Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross

Lord Take My hand and Lead Me                                   Rock of ages, cleft for Me

No Thank We All Our God                                             Just a Closer Walk With Thee

Precious Lord, Take My Hand                                        On Eagle’s Wings

Suggested Scripture Verses

Psalm 23                                                Psalm 42:1-5                                            Psalm 46-1-7

Psalm 90                                                Psalm 118                                                Psalm 121

Psalm 130                                              Psalm 139:7-12                                         Psalm 142: 1-6

Psalm 143                                              Job 19:23-27a                                          Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Isaiah 43 1-3a, 5-7                                 John 10:11-16                                           John 14: 25-27

John 14:1-6                                           Romans 5:1-11                                          Roman 8:1-35, 37-39

1 Cor. 15 12-26                                      2Cor. 4: 6-12, 16-18                                  1 Thes. 4: 13-14, 18

Hebrews 12:1-2                                     1 Peter 1:3-9                                             John 3:1-2

Revelation 7:9-17                                   Revelation 21: 2-7                                     Revelation 22:1-5

Isaiah 55: 1-3, 6-13                                Isaiah 61:1-3                                            Isaiah 65: 17-20, 23-25

Isaiah 66: 10-14                                     Isaiah 25: 6-9                                           Isaiah 40: 1, 6-11

Isaiah 40: 1-11, 28-31                            Isaiah 43: 1-3a, 5-7                                   Jeremiah 31:8-13                          

Lam. 3:22-26, 31-33                              Mark 10: 13-16                                         Mark 16: 1-7                                           
Matt 5:1-10                                           Matt 11: 25-30                                         Matt 18: 1-5,   10-14

Luke 24: 1-9                                         John 1:1-5, 9-14                                       John 6:37-40

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