Top Ten Memorial Service Bible Verses

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Published: 04/07/2011

by Funeral Home Resource Team

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Gutenberg Bible

Anyone who is in the process of planning a loved one's funeral service knows that it is a painful, trying, and confusing time. In the midst of such an occasion it can be especially difficult to organize one's thoughts and select memorial service Bible verses that are appropriate for the mood of the occasion. Every person is different, and naturally every funeral is different. Those nearest the deceased are entrusted with the task of choosing meaningful Bible passages that speak to their specific situation. The following selections represent some of the Bible verses most commonly chosen for memorial services.

1) Psalm 103:8-17. "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…The Lord's love is with those who fear him."

2) Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die…"

3) I Corinthians 15:42-57. "The body that is sown is perishable; it is raised imperishable…Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"

4) Revelation 21:1-7. "…for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more…"

5) Psalm 23. "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…" Mourners may be comforted by reading this familiar passage aloud together.

6) John 6:35-40. "'I am the bread of life…all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day."

7) II Corinthians 4:16. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

8) John 14:1-6. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

9) I Thessalonians 4.13-17. "We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope."

10) John 14:27. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

The Bible is overflowing with verses that are appropriate for memorial services, whether the loved ones of the deceased prefer the overall mood to be celebratory, mournful, or both. Those needing help selecting the best passages for their particular occasion may find it helpful to seek the guidance of a pastor. Memorial service etiquette generally demands the inclusion of memorial service hymns in addition to appropriate Bible verses. A pastor may be a great source of help in this part of the planning process as well.