Depending on how much you want to say, you could stop after verse 4, or continue for all of it...
Ecclesiastes 3 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Many thanks for your replies. Nickname, yes I did think about the 23 Psalm but we are all going to say it out loud together so it's a bit long. Polly that is a bit long too but we could adapt it a wee bit to suit. I do like your offering Greenheart, I think that could be nice and it's a nice length. I'll put some suggestions to the family and see what they would like.
1 John 4 7-12 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. Gods love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Looking for some inspiration from you lovely Mumsnetters. I'm looking for a bible reading/verse which could be read out at a very small,intimate, funeral service. The family don't want the Lord's Prayer. Some I have thought of is John 6 35-40, 1 Corinthians 13 4-8, Ecclesiastes 3 1-8. Any suggestions would be appreciated