2Jesus said...I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26 (NRSV)
3In the presence of death, Christ offers us sure groundfor hope and confidenceand even for joy,
4because he shared our human life and death, was raised again triumphantand lives for evermore.In him his people find eternal life.Methodist Worship Book
5The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
6He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
7for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
8You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
9Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in thehouse of the Lordmy whole life long.Psalm 23 (NRSV)
10To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell ( )
11“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
12And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’
13Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’
14Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:1-6 (NRSV)
15We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die toourselves. If we live,we live to the Lord,and if we die, we die to the Lord;
16For to this end Christ died and lived again, so then, whether we liveor whether we die,we are the Lord’s.For to this end Christ diedand lived again,so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.Romans 14:7-9 (NRSV)
17Death, be not proud, though some have called theeMighty and dreadful,for thou are not so;For those whom thou think’stthou dost overthrow
18nor yet canst thou kill me... One short sleep past, we wake eternally, Die not, poor death,nor yet canst thou kill me...One short sleep past,we wake eternally,And death shall be no more;death, thou shalt die.John Donne ( )
19“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
20for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV)
21Cast thy care on Jesus Cast thy care on Jesus, What is death to those Who in deep submissionOn his love repose?
22Cast thy care on Jesus But a short step further, Nearer to his side Where thine eye shall see himAnd be satisfied?Frederick G. Scott ( )
23Cast thy care on Jesus Support us, O Lord, all the day long, until the shadows lengthen,the evening comes, the busy world is hushed,the fever of life is over and our work done.Then in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging,a holy rest, and peace at the last;through Jesus Christ our Lord. AmenMethodist Worship Book
24I fear no deathTake care of your of your life and the Lord will take of your death.George Whitefield ( )
25If I have to say goodbye to stream and wood, To wide ocean and the green clad hill,I know that he, who made this world so goodHas somewhere made a heaven better still.This bears witness with my latest breathKnowing the love of God,I fear no death.Major Malcolm Boyd, killed in action in France, June 1944
26The house and gate of heaven Bring us, Lord our God,at our last awakening,into the house and gateof heaven,
27The house and gate of heaven to enter into that gate,and dwell in that house,where there shall beno darkness nor dazzling,but one equal light;
28The house and gate of heaven no noise nor silence,but one equal music;no fears nor hopes,but one equal possession;
29The house and gate of heaven no ends nor beginnings,but one equal eternity;
30The house and gate of heaven in the habitation of yourglory and dominion,world without end.AmenMethodist Worship Book
31We will remember themThey shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.Laurence Binyon ( )
32God give them peace What shall we pray for those who died, those on whose death our lives relied?Silenced by war but not denied,God give them peace.
33God give them peace What shall we pray for those who mourn friendships and love, their fruit unborn?Though years have passed, hearts still are torn;God give them peace.
34God give them peace What shall we pray for those who live tied to the past they can't forgive,haunted by terrors they relive?God give them peace.
35God give them peace What shall we pray for those who know nothing of war, and cannot showgrief or regret for friend or foe?God give them peace.
36God give them peace What shall we pray for those who fear war, in some guise, may reappearlooking attractive and sincere?God give them peace.
38Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NRSV)
39Cradle, O Lord, in your arms everlasting, all who seek here for your comfort today:make of our lives prayers of joyful self-giving,offered to Christ who is light for the way.Christopher T. Bradnock (copyright applied for)
40Almighty God,. Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort, Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort, deal graciously with those who mourn,that they may cast every care on you and know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AmenMethodist Worship Book
41Farewell to Thee! But not farewell To all my fondest thoughts of Thee; Within my heart they still shall dwell And they shall cheer and comfort me Anne Bronte ( )
42God grant to the living, grace; to the departed, rest; to the world, peace; and to us and all the faithful,life everlasting;and the blessing of God,the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever. Amen.Methodist Worship Book
43To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die Go, silent friend,your life has found its ending;to dust returnsyour weary mortal frame.God, who before birthcalled you into being,now calls you hence,his accent still the same.
44To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die Go, silent friend,your life in Christ is buried;for you he livedand died and rose again.Close by his sideyour promised place is waiting,where, fully known,you shall with God remain.
45To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die Go, silent friend,forgive us if we grieved you;safe now in heaven,kindly say our name.Your life has touched us,that is why we mourn you;our lives without youcannot be the same.