Sample Grave Side Service

(From the Methodist Hymnal   starting p. 870)   Cut and paste.

Have someone be leader or read all in unison.

Gathering

We have gathered here to praise God and to witness to our faith as we celebrate the life of  ………  We come together in grief, acknowledging our human loss.  May God grant us grace, that in pain we may find comfort, in sorrow hope, in death resurrection.

Prayer
O God, who gave us birth, you are ever more ready to hear than we are to pray.  You know our needs before we ask, and  our ignorance in asking.  Give to us now your grace, that as we shrink before the mystery of death, we may see the light of eternity.  Help us to live as those who are prepared to die.  And when our days here are accomplished, enable us to die as those who go forth to live, so that living or dying, our life may be in you.  AMEN

The 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness
For his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk
Through the valley of  the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou prepares a table before me
In the presence of mine enemies;
thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Commendation
(place the urn in the ground)

O God, all that you have given us is yours.  At first you gave ……. to us, so now we give him back to  you.

or

Into your hands, O merciful God, we commend your servant ……….
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold,
A lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.  Receive ………into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints of light.  Amen

Closing

Hymn?

Benediction:

May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
AMEN
or

God be in your head, and in your understanding.
God be in your eyes, and in your looking.
God be in your mouth, and in your speaking.
God be in your heart, and in your thinking.
God be at your end, and at your departing.
AMEN

or

Like a rock, God is under our feet.
Like a roof, God is over our heads.
Like the horizon, God is beyond us.
Like water in a pitcher, God is within us and in the pouring out of us.
Like a pebble in the sea, we are in God.
AMEN

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