Redeemer Lutherhan Church

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Funeral Planning Guides

| April 7, 2019

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, years ago Pastor Timothy
Mowry began the task of creating a Christian Funeral
planning guide.
My previous congregation had this. The work sheet was
It included hymn suggestions, Bible verses, and Baptism and
Confirmation verses. While these worksheets provided
guidance in funeral planning they also served as testaments
to the Christian faith and personal sentiment. Pastor
Mowry’s original worksheet was very extensive. He covered
just about everything imaginable about a Christian’s death
and burial. Normally, families in counsel with funeral home
directors, make these decisions at the time of death.
While extensive in nature, this form will be helpful for people
that want such a resource. However, I have created a simpler
form. I pray that all of us would take the time to fill out this
simple worksheet, making two copies, one personal and one
for the church. These sheets can be updated and changed at
any time. In addition, to these two guides, we are also
providing access to a Christian’s Durable Power of Attorney
for Health Care. This document should be used instead of
“living wills” as it is enforceable and Christian in its
implementation. All these forms will be available at the
church office.
Love, Pastor Mark


For Redeemer Lutheran Church Members

Guide for the Christian Funeral of ________________________________________________________

(full name: first middle (maiden) last)

Date(s) completed/ revised _______________________________

This worksheet may be used by individuals anticipating an impending death; or to express one’s personal wishes for your own funeral. This worksheet may be revised at any time.

Please file this worksheet with the church. This information will be kept in a confidential file available to the pastors of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Favorite Biblical theme or image ____________________________________________________________

Biblical readings (see attached list for suggestions)


(might include: favorites, baptismal or confirmation.)

Congregational hymns (see attached list for suggestions)


Special music

(might include choir, soloists, special music, and instrumentals)


Memories and tributes given by


Important Dates and Information
Birth date __________________________________________
Place of birth ________________________________________
Baptism date ________________________________________
Place of baptism _____________________________________
Officiant ____________________________________________
Confirmation Date and Verse __________________________
Location ____________________________________________
Officiant ____________________________________________
Wedding Date _______________________________________
Location ___________________________________________
Officiant ___________________________________________
Additional Comments

Funeral Hymns and Scripture Readings
As with any service of worship, the pastor, in cooperation with the music director, is charged with the responsibility of final planning of the funeral service. However, you may be assured that they will take your desires fully into account.
Suggested Funeral Scriptures (not exclusive)
Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 23 O Psalm 103
  • Psalm 27 O Psalm 116
  • Psalm 46 O Psalm 121
  • Psalm 90 O Psalm 130


  • John 14:1-6 O Mark 10:13-17
  • John 11:21-27 O Luke 2:25-32
  • John 11:25-26a O Matthew 11:28-30
  • John 12:23-26 O John 6:35-40
  • John 5:24

Easter Story

  • Matthew 28:1-10 O Luke 24:1-12
  • Mark 16:1-8 O John 20:1-18

Old Testament

  • Isaiah 40:28-31 O Job 19:25-26
  • Ecclesiastics 3:1-8 O Lamentations 3:22-26; 31-33

Other New Testament Readings

  • I Corinthians 15:51-58 O Revelation 7:13-17
  • Romans 8:31-39 O Romans 14:7-8
  • Philippians 3:20-21 O I John 3:1-2
  • I Corinthians 15:12-26 O Romans 5:1-11
  • I Peter 1:3-9 O Romans 5:17-21
  • Revelation 21:3-7 O Romans 6:3-11

Other Readings _______________________________________________________

HYMNS (not exclusive)
Abide with Me Jerusalem My Happy Home
Amazing Grace Softly Tenderly Jesus is Calling
A Mighty Fortress ` The Church’s One Foundation
Beautiful Savior Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Children of the Heavenly Father The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
Christ the Lord is Risen Today Just As I Am
Eternal Father, Strong to Save The Lord My Shepherd
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less Lead On O Eternal King
Give to Our God, Immortal Praise The Strife Is O’er
Now Thank We All Our God Lift High the Cross
Great Is Thy Faithfulness What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Oh, For A Thousand Tongues to Sing Lord, Divine, All Love Excelling
Hallelujah! Jesus Lives When Peace Like A River
O God, Our Help in Ages Past My Faith Looks Up To Thee
He Leadeth Me Who Is This Host Arrayed in White
Praise and Thanksgiving Just A Closer Walk With Thee
How Great Thou Art On Eagles’ Wings
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty How Great Thou Art
I Know that My Redeemer Lives Children Of The Heavenly Father
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
In the Cross of Christ I Glory
Rock of Ages