Funeral Hymn & Scripture Suggestions

The following are suggestions to help in your selection.  You are not required to pick a hymn or scripture reading from this list.  You can download a printable list here.

Funeral Hymn Suggestions (from the ELW Hymn Book)

  • Hymn #629   “Abide with Me”
  • Hymn #779   “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound”
  • Hymn #890   “Battle Hymn of the Republic”
  • Hymn #838   “Beautiful Savior”
  • Hymn #338   “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”
  • Hymn #781   “Children of the Heavenly Father”
  • Hymn #422   “For All the Saints”
  • Hymn #856   “How Great Thou Art”
  • Hymn #619   “I Know That My Redeemer Lives!”
  • Hymn #661   “I Love To Tell the Story”
  • Hymn #324   “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”
  • Hymn #592    “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”
  • Hymn #881   “Let All Things Now Living”
  • Hymn #660   “Lift High the Cross”
  • Hymn #765   “Lord of All Hopefulness”
  • Hymn #767   “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me”
  • Hymn #597   “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”
  • Hymn #818   “O Master, Let Me Walk with You”
  • Hymn #787   “On Eagle’s Wings”
  • Hymn #623   “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”
  • Hymn #789   “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”
  • Hymn #824   “This Is My Father’s World”
  • Hymn #613   “Thy Holy Wings”
  • Hymn #742   “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

 

Scripture Reading Suggestions

GOSPEL

  • Matthew 6: 25-34: God cares for the bird and flowers
  • Matthew 11: 25-30: Come all who are weary
  • Luke 12: 35-40: Be prepared for the Lord’s coming
  • John 6: 37-40: I will raise them up on the last day
  • John 10: 1-18: I am the good shepherd
  • John 11: 21-27: I am the resurrection and the life
  • John 12: 23-26: Unless a grain of wheat falls…
  • John 14: 1-6: In my Father’s house are many rooms

 

NEW TESTAMENT

  • Romans 5: 1-11: We have peace with God through Christ
  • Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39: Nothing can separate us from Christ
  • I Corinthians 15: 20-26: In Christ shall all be made alive
  • I Corinthians 15: 50-57: Death is defeated in Christ
  • Philippians 3: 20-21: Our citizenship is in heaven
  • I John 3: 1-2: We are God’s children now
  • Revelation 7: 9-17: Behold a host all dressed in white
  • Revelation 21: 2-7: He will wipe away every tear

 

OLD TESTAMENT

  • Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd
  • Isaiah 25: 6-9: He will swallow up death forever
  • Isaiah 61: 1-3: Oil of gladness instead of mourning
  • Job 19: 23-27a: I know that my Redeemer lives
  • Lamentations 3: 22-26, 31-33: God’s love is steadfast