This book seeks to furnish working pastors with a selection of funeral services and to guide them in planning and conducting the funeral service. The book also offers help in developing a funeral policy in a local church and resources for educating a congregation in death, dying, and the Christian funeral service. Part 1: Arranging the Funeral Service; The Christian Funeral Service; Planning the Service; Conducting the Service; Music and other Resources; The Funeral Sermon; Developing a Church policy on funerals.Part 2: Funeral Liturgies; A United Methodist Service; An Episcopal Service; A Presbyterian Service; A United Church of Christ Service; A Baptist Service; A Lutheran Service; Service for the Burial of a Child; A Free Service.
A sensitive resource for planning and conducting Christian funerals and providing pastoral care to the bereaved. Written from the perspective of the resurrection of the body rather than that of the immortality of the soul, this book seeks to make the funeral service a celebration of hope. Includes a selection of funeral rites, selecting music, and developing church policy statements.
An author and retired minister of Middle TennesseePresbytery, Presbyterian Church (USA). He is a graduate ofDavidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, UnionTheological Seminary in Virginia in Richmond, Virginia, andVanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He alsostudied at New College, University of Edinburgh inScotland.