The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27
A Christian funeral service is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and an opportunity to remember and give thanks for the life of the one who has died. During the funeral, we honour, remember, and gives thanks for the life of the deceased, and remember together the promise of resurrection and new life in Christ. God provides hope and comfort to all who worship, and we proclaim Christ as Lord of both the living and the dead.
The Church of Scotland seeks to serve all the people of Scotland and not just the membership of the Church. Nobody in the situation of bereavement should hesitate to seek the services of the parish minister, either directly or through the undertaker.
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God of all comfort, in the midst of pain, heal us with your love; in the darkness of sorrow shine upon us as the morning star.
Awaken in us the spirit of mercy,
that, as we feel the pain of others,
we may share with them
the comfort we receive from you.
Bring us, at the last, with all your people
into the kingdom of your glory,
where death itself is ended,
and every tear is wiped from every eye. Amen.
(from Common Order, 1994_)