Top Hymns for a Funeral

Here is a list of the top hymns for a service of death and resurrection. What other songs would you add to this list?

United Methodist Hymnal
Name of Song or Hymn
110 A Mighty Fortress is our God
378 Amazing Grace
700 Abide with Me
154 All hail the power of Jesus’ name
166 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine
534 Be still, my soul
451 Be thou my vision
420 Breathe on me, Breath of God
302 Christ the Lord is risen today
158 Come, Christians, join to sing
711 For all the saints
577 God of grace and God of glory
578 Great is Thy faithfulness
128 He leadeth me
529 How firm a foundation
139 How great Thou art
707 Hymn of Promise
60 I’ll praise my Maker
Contemporary I Can Only Imagine
Contemporary In Christ Alone
138 In the garden
Contemporary Indescribable
89 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee
708 Just a closer walk with Thee
384 Love divine, all loves excelling
368 My hope is built
117 O God, our help in ages past
Contemporary On Eagle’s Wings
474 Precious Lord, take my hand
144 This is my Father’s world
Contemporary You Raise Me Up

I will continue to update this list at http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tNj3hqp43ykcrRv2O9Cr5aw&output=html Feel free to use, share and enjoy!

Open Source Liturgy

I read a post this morning that really piqued my interest:

Open Source Liturgy Project: Developers Needed

A call from the General Board of Discipleship for developers to work on an open source project for the texts of communion, baptism, service of Christian marriage and service of death and resurrection. I think that this has the potential to be an important part of the work of renewing the church.

Check out the post for more information on the project and how to submit your name, if interested in being a developer.

Service of Death and Resurrection – Template

I have found that when caring for a family at the time of death and in preparation for a final service it can be quite helpful to provide clear guidance throughout the process. The service of death and resurrection as outlined in the United Methodist Book of Worship is an excellent guide for the service. To maximize the time that I am able to spend caring for the family, I have created a template document for a Service of Death and Resurrection from the United Methodist Book of Worship. I have added a few adaptations. You can download it in a  variety of versions here:

A Service of Death and Resurrection Template for Clergy, Pastors, and Preacher

I hope that this may be helpful for you in ministry.