Our Worship – Lesson 22 – Christian Burial

What is a funeral?

A funeral is a burial service, often taking place in the sanctuary, then in the cemetery.  Christian funerals are the laying to rest of a loved one, awaiting the resurrection of the dead.

Why do we have funerals in Church?

Death is a result of sin in the world.  Jesus died for our sins and rose again to conquer death.  We have funerals in our sanctuaries to assure those left behind of the victory Jesus won over death, and to celebrate eternal life in heaven.

What does the Bible say about Christian burial?

There are many examples of burial in the Bible (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the widow’s son at Nain, etc.)  There is more about Jesus’ victory over death and the resurrection of the dead (see 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).


You may want to sing the following from Lutheran Service Book: 742, 743, 744, 748, 752, 756, 761, 763.

Object Lesson

Death is an important, but difficult discussion to have with your children.  It is a reality that will touch them in family, or congregation.  They receive the news that loved ones have gone to be with Jesus with far fewer questions that adults do.  Have an honest, appropriate discussion.


Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes; shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.  Heav’n’s morning breaks and earth vain shadows flee; in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.  Amen.