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ATTENDING FUNERAL SERVICES How do I handle awkward questions about the death? Be prepared to hear words that are intended to comfort but are awkward or seem inappropriate, such as, “You’ll get over it,” “It was her time,” or, “I know exactly how you feel because I lost my little Chihuahua last week.” While these types... View more
Memorial Service Music

Memorial Service Music

Music  played or performed should  be a tribute to the deceased.   Music provides quiet background.  Consider  a playlist of favorite songs of the deceased,  playing while guests find their seats, and at the conclusion of the service as people leave. Often in a memorial service one or two songs are played during the service. Some people... View more

Rock of Ages

Words: Au­gus­tus M. Top­la­dy, 1776. Music: Toplady, Thom­as Hast­ings, 1830. Al­ter­nate tunes: Cuyler, J. Hy­att Brew­er (1851-1931) Redhead, Ri­chard Red­head, 1853 Sir Will­iam Hen­ry Wills, in a let­ter to Dean Le­froy, pub­lished in the [Lon­don] Times in June, 1898, says ‘Top­la­dy was one day over­tak­en by a thun­der­storm in Bur­ring­ton Coombe, on the edge of my prop­er­ty, Blag­don, a rocky glen run­ning up… View more

My Soul, There is a Country

Words: Hen­ry Vaugh­an, Si­lex Scin­til­lans, or Sac­red Po­ems, 1650. Music: Vul­pi­us, Mel­chi­or Vul­pi­us, Ein Schön Geist­lich Ge­sang­buch (Je­na, Ger­ma­ny: 1609). My soul, there is a country, Afar beyond the stars, Where stands a wingèd sentry, All skillful in the wars. There, above noise and danger, Sweet Peace sits crowned with smiles, And One born in a manger Commands the beauteous files…. View more

Forever With The Lord

Words: James Montgomery, Poet’s Port­fo­lio, 1835. Music: Terra Be­a­ta, tra­di­tion­al Eng­lish mel­o­dy, ar­ranged by Frank­lin L. Shep­pard in his Al­le­lu­ia, 1915. Al­ter­nate tune: Nearer Home, Isaac B. Wood­bu­ry, 1852; har­mo­ny by Ar­thur S. Sul­li­van, 1874 “Forever with the Lord!” Amen, so let it be! Life from His death is in that word ’Tis immortality. Here in the body pent, Absent from Him I… View more

Be Still My Soul

Words: Ka­tha­ri­na A. von Schle­gel, in Neue Samm­lung Geist­lich­er Lied­er, 1752 (Stille, meine Wille, dein Je­sus hilft sie­gen); trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Jane L. Borth­wick in Hymns from the Land of Lu­ther, 1855. Music: Fin­land­ia, Jean Si­bel­i­us, 1899. Al­ter­nate tune: Unde et Memores, Will­iam H. Monk, 1875  This hymn was re­port­ed­ly the fav­or­ite of Er­ic Lid­dell, the ath­lete who be­came… View more

Alleluya! Sing To Jesus!

Words: Will­iam C. Dix, Al­tar Songs, Vers­es on the Ho­ly Eu­cha­rist, 1867. Music: Hyfrydol, Row­land H. Pri­chard, 1830. Al­ter­nate tunes: Adoration (Lu­ard-Sel­by), Ber­tram Lu­ard-Sel­by, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1904 Alleluia (Wes­ley), Sam­u­el S.Wes­ley, in the Eu­ro­pe­an Psalm­ist, 1872  Alleluia! sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne. Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone. Hark! the songs of peaceful Zion… View more

The Day Thou Gavest

Words: John El­ler­ton, A Li­tur­gy for Mis­sion­a­ry Meet­ings, 1870. Queen Vic­tor­ia chose this hymn to be sung at the 60th an­ni­vers­a­ry of her reign in 1897; it was al­so sung at the cer­e­mo­ny when Bri­tain re­turned con­trol of Hong Kong to Chi­na in 1997. Music: St. Cle­ment, Cle­ment C. Schole­field, writ­ten for this text, and ap­pear­ing in Church Hymns with… View more

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Words: Scot­tish Psal­ter, 1650. Music: Cri­mond, Jes­sie S. Ir­vine, 1872. Al­ter­nate tunes: Bel­mont, Will­iam Gar­din­er, 1812 Evan, Wil­liam H. Hav­er­gal, 1847; ar­ranged by Low­ell Ma­son, 1850 Mar­tyr­dom, Hugh Wil­son, 1800; ar­ranged by Ralph E. Hud­son, cir­ca 1885 Or­ling­ton, John Camp­bell (1807-1860)  (re­peats third line of each verse) Wilt­shire, George T. Smart, 1795 The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie In pastures green; He… View more

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