-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.
-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.
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A funeral is often a very difficult time for families. This funeral guide is intended to help in the pre-planning of a funeral, or to help families who are presently dealing with a funeral, so that they might be better prepared when they meet with the Pastors to design a funeral service. It is helpful to remember that a funeral is, first and foremost, a worship service. And in a worship service, the primary focus is on our Lord and His grace. In the context of this remembering, we recall the deceased - friend, loved one, spouse. Our prayer in every funeral is that faith in Christ would be renewed and that God would be glorified, as the deceased is remembered.
STRUCTURE OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE
A funeral service at Mount Olive Lutheran Church includes the following basic elements.
When families meet with the Pastor, they are asked to suggest hymns for the worship service. Here are some hymns that are often used in Christian funerals.Traditional Hymns
Click here to listen to hymns online
Christian Estate Planning
In the Holy Scriptures, God’s people are encouraged to set aside a portion of their resources as thanks to Him for the many rich blessings He provides. As part of this process, many of God’s people also set aside a portion of their estate for the Lord’s work.
These resources represent a portion of what the Lord has enabled them to acquire during their lifetime.
As Christians, our greatest blessing is living each day with the promise of eternal life, made available to us through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Given all these blessings, it’s natural to give thanks all the way through our life’s journey.
Setting aside a gift for the Lord’s work as part of our estate planning is a way of saying thanks to our Lord one final time, and a way of sharing God’s blessings with ministries that are important to us. Our planned gift allows us to contribute to a ministry that’s important to us, so that these ministries might continue their work for years to come.
You may find the following helpful:
(1) Information on wills and estates in the form of a wills check-uphelps establish a clear plan with regard to the steps to take in completing your estate planning. Wills Checkup
(2) Some Christians choose to include a Christian preamble as an opening paragraph in their will. This is a simple way of witnessing to your faith at a critical time.
Preamble to Will / Testament
(3) Power of attorney issues are an important consideration. This has to do with having a trusted individual deal with your business and financial affairs should you be unable to do so yourself. This is an area where the assistance of a lawyer is very helpful.
(4) A Healthcare Directive enables health care professionals to know your preferences in terms how you would like your medical care to be handled should you be critically ill. A lawyer’s assistance is not required with this document. (Link toHealth_Care_Directive / Health_Care_Directive_pt2
(5) The Lutheran Foundation Canada has some excellentplanned giving tools on their website. It’s located atwww.lutheranfoundation.ca. Examples of planned gifts are found here. This site notes the process by which publicly traded shares may be gifted to an organization. In 2006, the Canadian federal government removed the capital gains tax on publicly traded shares when they are gifted to a registered charity.
(6) The Lutheran Foundation Canada also has gift coordinatorsavailable to assist you in your planned giving. There is no cost for this service. The website has more information.