IN THE HOUSE OR CHURCH
When the mourners are assembled, the Minister to begin the Service with a brief prayer.
Then he may read or recite some Scripture sentences, and afterwards read such of the portions of Holy Scripture following, as maybe most suitable to the occasion:
The Eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting arms.
Cast they burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.
Though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies; for He doth not willingly afflict nor grieve the children of men.
The Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy on His afflicted.
He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.
Thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away.
In His favour is life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
“The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me: Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. “
“Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: he heapeth up riches and knoweth not who shall gather them.
And now, Lord what wait I for? My hope is in thee.
Deliver me from all my transgressions………
I was dumb: I opened not my mouth, because thou didst it……….
Hear my prayer, 0 Lord, and give ear unto my cry: hold not thy peace at my tears; for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. “
“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they am as a sleep: in the morning they an. like grass which groweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening i t is cut down and withereth……..
We spend our years as a tale that is told.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore. years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away….
So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. “
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.
For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we one dust.
As for man, his days areas grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no mom.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children. “
John 14:1-3, 18, 19, 27.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to year.
Yet a little while and the world seeth me no more, but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
I Corinthians 15:20-58.
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterwards they that are Christs at His coming…
But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be…
But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him, and so every seed hi s own body….
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; is raised in incorruption.
It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power;
It is sown in natural body; it is raised in spiritual body…
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; He shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised in-corruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O Death, where is thy sting; 0 Grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. “
II Corinthians 4:17,18, 5:1.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, ‘but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal: but the things which are not seen an. eternal.
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven. “
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this parent time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. “
I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I Peter 1:3-9.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory of the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. “
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands:
And cried with a loud voice saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, and all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, what are these which are arrayed in white robes and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. “
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And i John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of the heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall then be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him:
And they shall see His face: and His name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there: and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever, “
For the Burial of a child
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.
He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the Lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom.
Is it well with the child? It is well.
“Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish, ”
“And they brought your children to Him, that He should touch them: and His disciples rebuked those brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter there in.
And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them. “
2nd Sam. 12:19-23.
“David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house: and when he required, they set bread before him, and he di d eat.
Then said his servants unto him, what things is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
And he said, While the child was ye alive I fasted and wept: for I said, who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can.I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
For the Burial of an aged person
Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.
Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, likes a shock of corn cometh in his season,
The readings from Holy Scripture may end with
II Corinthians 1:3-4, as follows:
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort’, who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort where with we ourselves are comforted of God. “
The Service in the house or church should conclude with the singing of a hymn (if desired), prayer and the benediction.
SERVICE AT THE GRAVE
When the body has been laid in the grave the Minister may read or recite such sentences from Holy Scripture as these:-
“The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. “
“If a man di e, shall he live again?. “
“Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. “
“Fear not, I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. “
“Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. “
“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
“I know that my redeemer liveth and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. “
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. “
“All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the Word of the Lord endureth for ever. Arid this is the word which by the Gospel is preached unto you.”
“I know that my Redeemer liveth. “
“I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. “
“We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. “
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. “
O death, where is thy sting; O grave, where is thy victory? Thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ”
Then are said the words of committal as follows
Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God to take unto Himself the soul of this our brother/sister departed, we therefore commit his/her body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes; dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of His glory.
When the burial is that of a child the words “this child” should be used instead of “this our brother/sister”
At a Cremation Service, when the Service is conducted before the Cremation of the body, the words should be:
Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of His great mercy to take unto Himself the soul of this our brother/sister here departed, we therefore commit his/her body to the elements; ashes to ashes; dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of His glory.
At the burial of an unsaved person, the form used should be:-
Forasmuch as the soul of this dear one has departed this life, we therefore commit his/her body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes; dust to dust; looking to the infinite mercy of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Where it is deemed fitting, these words may be added after the words of committal:-
“And 1 heard a voice from heaven saving unto me, write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith; the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. “
Rev. 21:1-4, 22:1-5
(see Farewell Service)
The service to conclude by the singing of a Hymn (if desired), Prayer and the Benediction.
SEE HOW TO CONDUCT OTHER SERVICES IN THE MINISTER’S MANUAL