ST MICHAEL & All ANGELS CHURCH
(Church of England)
St Michael's Green,
A small selection of Bible readings Suitable for a funeral.
John 14.1-6 (NRSV)
said to his disciples: 1 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.
John 6 35 - 40
Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life.
Romans 8:35, 37- 39
Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
From the book of Revelation chapter 21.verses 1-7
I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth;
5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’
Then he said to me, ‘It is done!
7 Those who conquer will inherit these things,
and I will be their God and they will be my children.’
2 TIMOTHY 4 V 7-8
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
1 Corinthians 15 v 51 –58
Listen, I will tell you a mystery!
We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. Then the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.
From the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 18
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
The Gospel of Mark Chapter 10
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.
But when Jesus saw
this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me;
do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the
Truly I tell you,
whoever does not receive the
And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
The First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians Chapter 4
13 We do not want you to
be uninformed, brothers and sisters,
I lift up my eyes to the
comes from the Lord,
not suffer your foot to stumble;
he who keeps watch over
himself watches over you;
So that the sun shall not
strike you by day,
shall keep you from all evil;
shall keep watch over your going out
Isaiah Chapter 61
The Spirit of the
Sovereign LORD is on me, because the
LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour.
The Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament Chapter 3
22 The steadfast love of
the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
Less used readings but still suitable for service.
Wisdom 3 1-5,9
1 But the souls of the
righteous are in the hand of God,
The Book of Wisdom Chapter 4
8 For old age is not
honoured for length of time,
The Letter of Paul to the Romans Chapter 8 verses 31-39
31 What then are we to
say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
35 Who will separate us
from the love of Christ?
36 As it is written, ‘For
your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be
slaughtered.’ 37 No, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him who loved us.
The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 4
Therefore we do not
lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed
day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an
eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is
unseen is eternal.
Now we know that if
the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an
eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan,
longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are
clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan
and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed
with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by
life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us
the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians Chapter 15
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.
21 For since death came
through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a
human being; 22 for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive
But when it says, ‘All things are put in subjection,’ it is plain that this does not include
the one who put all things in subjection under him.
28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who put all things in subjection under him, so that God may be all in all.
29 Otherwise, what will those people do who receive baptism on behalf of the dead?
If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?
30 And why are we putting ourselves in danger every hour? 31 I die every day! That is as certain, brothers and sisters, as my boasting of you— a boast that I make in Christ Jesus our Lord.
32 If with merely human
hopes I fought with wild animals at
33 Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’
34 Come to a sober and right mind, and sin no more; for some people have no knowledge of God.
I say this to your shame.
35 But someone will ask,
‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’
40 There are both heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one thing,
and that of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon,
and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory.
42 So it is with the
resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable,
51 Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’
55 ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord,
because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.