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Summary: Format for doing a funeral service. A sample Service Programme is provided together with suggested scripture readings, sayings and the committal at the cemetery or for cremation.

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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.

E-Mail: Mentorship2003@yahoo.co.uk

Note to the reader:

If you have been blessed with this sermon compilation, I would be honoured to receive an e-mail from you simply stating where in the world you are based; I do not need any other information. However, you are welcome to communicate with me. This is merely so that I can have the pleasure of giving thanks to Almighty God that all over the globe, the ministry which he has entrusted to me, is blessing the body of Christ and helping to extend the Kingdom of God.

Thank you.

Herman Abrahams,

Cape Town, South Africa.

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Order of Funeral Service

Program for the funeral Of LINDA BESTER

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SERVICE LEADER: ......... Andre Fortune..............

1. Reading of Opening Sentences (As we proceed into the church): .....Pastor Herman Abrahams...

2. Welcome, Introduction & Condolences (From the Church, All Our

Leaders, Pastors & Wives.) ……….…. Pastor Herman Abrahams ……….

3. Opening Prayer: ……………….… Andre Fortune ………………………

4. PRAISE & WORSHIP SONGS

5. SCRIPTURE READINGS .

(a) Psalm 23 ………. George Brickles……….

(b) Old Testament, Letter or Gospels ……. Andre Fortune …….…

6. Tribute/Eulogy 1: …………….. MR GREGORY WYNAND …………

7. PRAYERS: ……… George Brickles…………………………………………..

(a) The Lord’s Prayer (Invite congregation to join in)

(b) Prayers of Thanksgiving for the life of Linda Bester

(c) Prayers for the Family and Friends

8. OFFERING - for the Drug Rehabitation Centre in Woodlands – run by Pastor Alfonso Schilder.

9. Hymn / Song (if deemed necessary): ……………………………………………………………

10. SERMON: ……… Pastor Herman Abrahams ……………….

11. Word of thanks: ……… JODY BESTER ……………………………………

12. Committal. If Cremation, this si done whilst still in the church building.

13. Benediction/Closing Prayer: .... Pastor Herman Abrahams ......

14. (…… Andre Fortune …………………………….) – “We ask the pallbearers to please come up and take their places.” )

15. Closing Hymn/Song ( as people leave the church):………………………………….

(Ministers walk in front of the coffin)

SCRIPTURES, SAYINGS & COMMITTAL FOLLOW BELOW.

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FUNERAL SERVICE (Burial of the Dead)

1. OPENING SENTENCES (SCRIPTURE VERSES)

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Invocation: An appropriate selection of the following Scriptures may be read whilst the minister(s) lead the procession into the church..

’Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die"’ John 11:25-26.

"I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end He will stand upon the earth; and after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God" Job 19:25-26.

"If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord" -Romans 14:8-9.

"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand"- Psalm 16:11.

"Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning" - Psalm 30:5.

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the ever­lasting arms" - Deuteronomy 33:27.

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" - Matthew 5:4.

’Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”’ Rev 14:13

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble" - Psalm 46:1.

2. PSALM 23

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(A) Psalm 23 - New International Version

Ps 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Ps 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

Ps 23:3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Ps 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff,they comfort me.

Ps 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Ps 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

(B) Psalm 23 - King James Version

Ps 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Ps 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Ps 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Ps 23:4 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.

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