Funeral & Memorial Services

We at The Bath Church extend our sympathy to you for your loss.  We pray that God’s love and grace will surround you during this time.  While this is a sad time when we realize our loss, Christians give joyous thanks and praise to God for the promise of eternal life granted us in Jesus Christ.

It has been the Christian tradition to commend loved ones to God’s care through a time of worship or gathering with family and friends.  This can happen at the church, the funeral home, a family home, the cemetery or other appropriate place.  A Funeral Service has the body of the deceased person present for the service.  A Memorial Service does not have the body present.

Services at The Bath Church incorporate remembering and celebrating the life of the person who has died.  This is done through a eulogy or time of remembrance by the family, friends or the pastor.  A homily (message) is also given by the pastor to speak of our faith in God’s great love and grace.  The pastor will give a prayer to commend the loved one to God’s care.  Families are invited to bring photos and mementos to display.

Music is often an important help in the service.  Three hymns are usually included in the service along with special organ selections.  The family is invited to make selections of their choice.

Frequently, a Reception is held before or after the service as a time for family to meet guests.  The Bath Church provides cookie-punch-coffee receptions to its members and their families at no cost.  If meal-time food is desired, please speak with a member of the Funeral Committee to make special arrangements.

Many families ask that Memorial Gifts be made to a charity in lieu of flowers.  The Bath Church has a Memorial Fund that welcomes gifts for use at the church.  Gifts can also be directed for a particular purpose.  There is a Memorial Garden at the church where cremated ashes can be spread and/or Memorial Bricks purchased and placed.

It is customary that the lead pastor and the organist be given an honorarium.  This can be handled through the funeral home or by the family.  Appropriate amounts can be discussed with the funeral home director or by contacting the church office.

Click here for a Funeral Planning Booklet and Funeral Arrangements Form.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.”  Psalm 116:15

 

Sample Order of Service for a Funeral or Memorial Service

This Order of Service is often used for Memorial or Funeral Services at The Bath Church.  Items can be changed, added or removed to make the service a meaningful time for the gathered family and friends.

Prelude
Greeting & Call to Worship
Hymn (commonly used Hymns are listed below)
Prayer of Invocation
Reading from Scripture  (commonly used Scriptures are listed below)
Eulogy or Words of Remembrance (given by the Pastor or/ Family Members)
Hymn, Solo, Reading or Poem
Homily or Eulogy (given by the Pastor)
Hymn of Assurance or Solo
Prayer of Thanksgiving & Commendation
Hymn of Triumph
Benediction
Postlude

Commonly Used Scripture Lessons (usually 3-4 passages are read)
Psalm 20, 23, 103, 121, 130, or 139
II Samuel 12: 5-23 (For death of a Child)
Matthew 22:23-33 (Jesus responds to questions about the resurrection)
Mark 4:35-41  (Jesus’ power to calm a storm)
Luke 23:33-43 (Two criminals talk to Jesus on the cross)
John 11:17-27 (Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life)
John 14:1-7 (Jesus, the way to the Father)
John 14:15-21 (Promise of the Holy Spirit)
John 15:12-15 (Jesus’ commandment to love)
Romans 8:3-39 (The power of God’s love for us)
I Corinthians 15:35-58 (The mystery of resurrection)
II Corinthians 4:11-5:9 (Living by Faith)
Ephesians 314-21 (Prayer for the Love of Christ)
I Thessalonians 4:13-18 (Coming resurrection)
I Peter 1:3-9 (A Living Hope)
Revelation 21:1-5 (Vision of all things New)
Revelation 21:22-27 (Vision of God’s Holy City)
Revelation 22:3-5 (God’s Holy Light)

Frequently Used Hymns (Many hymns are suitable to use and not limited to those listed here.  The person being remembered might have some favorite hymns you wish to use.  Usually two to four hymns are used in a service.)

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Abide with Me
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound
Be Still, My Soul
Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine
Breathe on Me, Breath of God
For All the Saints
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
God of Grace and God of Glory
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
He Leadeth Me
How Great Thou Art
In The Garden (“I come to the garden…”)
It Is Well With My Soul
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Lord of the Dance
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
On Eagle’s Wings
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
The Church’s One Foundation
The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want
The Lord My Shepherd Guards Me Well
The Lord’s Prayer (Best used as a solo)
The Strife is O’er

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