Readings for Funeral, Thanksgiving and Memorial Services

There are many readings suitable for funeral services. It is customary to choose one reading from the Bible. Other readings, poems and prayers may be included. When you are ready, Canon Michael will be here to help you.  

Suggested readings:

Psalm 121 –  “Looking to God for Help” 

Psalm 23 – “The Lord is My Shepherd” 

Psalm 84-  “How lovely are your dwelling places” 

John 3. 16-23    “So God loved the world” 

John 14 1- 6    “Do not let your hearts be troubled…I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Homecoming) 

John 15. 9- 17    “This is my commandment that you love one another “

John 15. 12-17 “Love one another..greater love has no one than one who lays down his life for a friend “

John 10. 11-15   “I am the Good Shepherd..and I lay down my life for the sheep” 

John 11.17-27   “Raising of Lazarus- Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died “

Matthew 5. 1-12 The Beatitudes   “Blessed are the poor in Spirit”  

Matthew 28 1-10  “ Resurrection of Jesus” 

1 Peter 1-9    “You are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your soul” 

1 Corinthians 13 (or part of) “Now faith and hope and love abides, these things and the greatest of thee is love” 

Romans 8. 31- to end   “If God is for us, who is against us?” 

Revelations 21 1-7   “Behold I make all things new....he will wipe every tear from their eye”