As we plan for and prepare our weeks, rarely do we plan for a funeral service to take place. These are unexpected events that can happen during slow or busy seasons. And when someone does lose their life, you will not only have the necessity to plan for your Sunday sermon, but also a funeral sermon to deliver at the service. The reality is, when someone loses their life, their are a number of people who need to hear a message of hope centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a sad, yet potent reminder of the brevity of life, and an opportunity for hearts and minds to focus in on Jesus Christ. These funeral sermons can help you as you prepare for the times when you will be called upon to share the Good News of Christ at a funeral where loss and heartache are present.
What should we be mindful of if called on to preach a very public funeral sermon? One pastor shares both the sermon and the reflections on preaching in the public square that guided him through this challenge.
Someone from our church dies nearly every week. If that happened in most churches in America, complaints would be made to the local health department. Fifty-two funerals a year would cause most churches to close their doors forever. But if a church is large enough (and ours qualifies), a funera
As this sermon reminds us, the scriptures are very clear and forceful that in times of crisis, many people feel the absence of God. There is pain, loss, brokenness and death in all of our lives. Yet, even in the context of a funeral, we remember what Ezekiel learned: God's breath suffocates death.
The two sermons which follow were preached by Robert E. Coleman at the funerals of his parents. His father, James Henry Coleman, was buried January 7, 1975, and his mother, Helen Hood Coleman on August 21, 1985. Both messages offer fitting tribute to loved ones, and provide a model for bringing comfort and inspiration in the funeral setting.