Scriptures and Hymns

The officiating pastor shapes the order of service in consultation with loved ones and the previously expressed wishes of the deceased. The service is intended to be personal, while praising and thanking God that in life as in death, we are held securely in God’s hands. Family and friends are invited to participate in the service when appropriate.

The following are a selection of particularly appropriate scriptures and hymns for use in the service.

A Time to Sing

There are many reasons why Christian communities sing. At no time does singing seem more appropriate than when faithful people gather to grieve a death, to give thanks for a life, to remember God’s faithfulness, to question God’s timing, and to affirm the strength of community.

The following hymns, suitable for use at a funeral or memorial service, are found in the Presbyterian Hymnal.


Page numbers are from Glory to God, The Presbyterian Hymnal.

1 Holy, Holy, Holy
4 Holy God, We Praise Your Name
8 Eternal Father, Strong to Save
12 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
14 For the Beauty of the Earth
30 O God, in a Mysterious Way
39 Great is Thy Faithfulness
65 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
236 The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done
269 Lead On, O King Eternal
275 A Mighty Fortress is Our God
326 For All the Saints 436 God of Compassion
450 Be Thou My Vision
611 Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
620 Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
624 I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art
643 Now Thank We All Our God 649 Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
686 God of Our Life
687 Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
792 There is a Balm in Gilead
802 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
803 My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
806 I’ll Praise My Maker
817 We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight
824 Near to the Heart of God
829 My Faith Looks Up to Thee
833 O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
834 Precious Lord, Take My Hand
836 Abide With Me