5 Essential Elements of a Funeral Sermon

It’s been an exhausting week. You spent much of it at the hospital, praying for a dying Christian, giving comfort to a grieving family. You missed time with your own family to be a pastor to the parish. You sat with a beloved parishioner’s children as they argued over how they wanted the funeral and burial to go. It was [...]

By |2020-06-24T05:48:30-05:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Burial Rite of The Book of Common Prayer 2019 Explained

Quite a few new priests have never officiated a funeral. We have had many requests for a simple overview, and we reached out to Fr. Lee Nelson for such a post. We also include a funeral planning guide that can be used to work with individuals and families in planning. This post assumes the ability to hold a public funeral [...]

By |2020-03-29T20:35:34-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , |1 Comment

I Don’t Want a Celebration of Life, I Want a Burial Service

When I die, please don't call my burial service a Celebration of Life. Don't get me wrong, I hope that people will want to celebrate my life. I just don't want this to replace my Christian burial. I want to be buried according to the rites of a Christian. I want to be one more brother in Christ, saved by [...]

By |2019-01-06T18:36:51-06:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |19 Comments

The Funeral: Pastoring in the time of Mourning

A funeral is one of the most difficult things anyone may ever have to do. Even as “professionals,” it is often difficult to know what to do or what to say. Often we may not even know the deceased that well. They may have been a family member of a parishioner, or they may have attended our church at times, even regularly, but [...]

By |2018-07-10T13:25:06-05:00May 3rd, 2016|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , , |2 Comments
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