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What bible reading for a funeral?

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Squirrel3 Mon 15-Aug-05 14:52:21

My grandfather died a couple weeks ago and my Uncle wants to have the bible reading about when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, I feel that it is a little bit inappropriate for a funeral, he did ask me what bible reading I would choose but although I am a ('back slidden') Christian I can't think of an appropriate reading.

I know the bible reading would be really important to my Grandfather as he was a deeply religous man. An officer in the Salvation Army, his whole life was devoted to God.

ninah Mon 15-Aug-05 14:55:23

oh so very sorry squirrel, I wondered how things were going
I suggest the faith hope and charity reading from Paul's letter to the Corinthians, not particularly traditional at funerals but a great passage. I'd also try for the St James version, our vicar was most reluctant but allowed it in the end
who is doing the reading?

Squirrel3 Mon 15-Aug-05 14:57:29

Hello Ninah, my Uncle is doing the reading, just looking up the suggested readings.

QueenOfQuotes Mon 15-Aug-05 14:58:13

gosh - just been doing some research - and the first part of the Lazarus story is actually recommended by lots of funeral places

here are some

purpleturtle Mon 15-Aug-05 14:58:41

At my grandfather's funeral we had Ecclesiastes 3 - A time to be born and a time to die

When ds was christened 3 months later we had the same reading again.

lilibet Mon 15-Aug-05 15:00:29

I like Psalm 121

I lift my eyes to the hills

Squirrel3 Mon 15-Aug-05 15:04:26

Purpleturtle I have just opened my bible and the bookmark that my Grandfather gave to me is exactly on that page.

Squirrel3 Mon 15-Aug-05 15:06:32

Queenofquotes, thank you I've just looked at your link and yes the first part does seem appropriate, maybe its not such a bad idea.

Aero Mon 15-Aug-05 15:06:51

Ecclesiastes 3 would have been my suggestion as well. Sorry to hear of your loss.

Squirrel3 Mon 15-Aug-05 15:08:12

lilibet, I thought that a lovely psalm would be nice too.

Squirrel3 Mon 15-Aug-05 15:13:06

Thank you Aero, Ecclesiates 3 does seem appropriate as my dgd was born a couple of weeks before he died and he was so happy to be a Great, Great Grandad and a 'time to be born and a time to die' seems fitting somehow.

Aero Mon 15-Aug-05 20:37:46

Hope it goes as well as these things go whichever reading you choose. Thinking of you.

kath4kids Mon 15-Aug-05 21:50:03

Don't want to introdue squirrel but if you don't mind saying who was your grandad? I also S.A. officer prob wont know him but would be nice to give thanks to God for his life and pray for you as a family.

Tell me to mind my own business if you like though. won't be offended

Squirrel3 Tue 16-Aug-05 09:35:44

Thank you kath4kids, that is so touching, his name was Raymond I really don't want to tell his surname, but God will know, thank you.

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