The resurrection is central to the Christian faith, and it shapes
our attitudes and responses at the time of death. Death brings loss, sorrow, and grief; yet we affirm with tears and
joy the hope of the gospel. The community of faith bears with one another and offers a ministry of love and hope to
all who grieve.
Planning is difficult under emotional
stress. People of faith are encouraged to discuss the options of burial, cremation or donation for
medical purposes. These plans should provide for simple arrangements which bear witness to the resurrection and hope
central to the community of faith.
The minister should be contacted immediately
when a death occurs. The minister will be able to provide pastoral counseling to the family and be present to plan
and prepare for the funeral service.
The Funeral Service
At the time of
death, the community of faith gathers to witness to their faith in the communion of saints, the resurrection of
the body and life everlasting. The funeral is a service of worship to give thanks for the life of a loved one, and
our sorrow is comforted by the Lord who made heaven and earth. The minister will respond to the family's desire to invite
other clergy to participate in the service and other requests regarding the service.
At the Worship Service,
it is appropriate to sing hymns, psalms, spirituals or spiritual songs which affirm God's power over death, a belief
in the resurrection to life everlasting and the assurance of the communion of the saints. The organist and minister will
provide guidance for the selection of music.
The family usually arranges to receive those wishing to pay their respects
at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held within a few days followed by interment at the cemetery. The
minister will assist you when circumstances require a memorial service, interment of cremains, or a service at an alternative