Funeral service scriptures offer words of wisdom and comfort. For some who are planning a funeral service that is religious, incorporating funeral scriptures can help comfort and encourage the bereaved family, friends, and attendees.
Whether the service is held in a church, funeral home, or another type of building or home, funeral service scriptures are still appropriate to use. The Bible is full of encouraging words that can help the believer in a time of loss.
Certain denominations may have specific scriptures they use for a funeral service. For Catholics, the funeral mass is quite formal and scriptures are read from both the Old and the New Testament in a specific format. In other congregations, the officiant or pastor may suggest or refer to certain scriptures during a reading or message. If the deceased or bereaved family members have scriptures that are special or have been encouraging, it is a good idea to include those at the funeral service.
You may want to discuss and share those verses with the pastor or officiant of the service. There is no better time to read scripture than at a memorial service. This is a time when people who attend need words of comfort and hope. Scriptures such as Psalm 23 and 2 Corinthians are popular choices for readings.
Christians are encouraged when they lose a loved one that they are “Absent from the body and present with the Lord.” Reading scriptures are a form of healing to the soul and often people can draw strength from the verses. You can place scriptures in the funeral program, hear them in a reading, and also have them referenced in the funeral message. There are several Bible translation versions such as King James Version, The New King James Version, New American Standard, New International Version, New Living Translation and New Century Version. Choose a version that you like and is the most comprehensible for the scriptures that will be read.