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Psalm 23 Version Variations

Psalm 23 Version Variations - Bible Translation

King James Version (KJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,  I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:  thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


New International Standard Version (NASB)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Contemporary New Living Translation (TLB)
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies.  You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life,  and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.

 

A Service of Thanksgiving and Hope

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Below is a typical outline for a church general service of thanksgiving and hope. This type of service order may be used by any denomination and can also serve as a foundational outline which may or may not be modified.

The specific elements can be personalized by indicating the names or person who will be presenting and specifying the verses of the scripture and music titles. There are 2 different types of these services, and vary somewhat in the flow and content as you will note below:

A Service of Thanksgiving and Hope I

  • Prelude
  • Gathering
  • Greeting
  • Scripture Sentences
  • Hymn
  • Invocation
  • Proclamation
  • The Reading of Scripture
    Old Testament
    New Testament
  • Music
  • Thanksgiving for the Life of "Name of Loved One"
  • The Gospel
  • Music
  • Sermon
  • Commemoration
  • The Lord's Supper
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving
  • The Lord's Prayer of Affirmation of Fiath
  • Parting
  • Hymn
  • Song of Simeon and Benediction
  • Postlude

 

A Service of Thanksgiving and Hope II

  • Prelude
  • Greeting
  • Scripture Sentences
  • Invocation
  • Music
  • The Reading of Scripture
  • Thanksgiving for the Life of "Name of Loved One"
  • Prayer
  • Sermon
  • Music
  • Prayer and Benediction

Committal Service Prayers and Scriptures

We selfishly want to hold on to (Name). It brings great pain to let go. Living in the resurrection hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the trust of a loving God and in the promise of eternal life, we now commit his/her body to its place of rest. We will continue to mourn (Name), but his/her laughter will warm the kingdom of God. We will continue to love (Name), but God will now take care of him/her. We will continue to carry (Name) in our thoughts, but he/she will be kept safe in God's hands. Receive him/her in the arms of your mercy, O God, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of all your saints.

As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him.
-Psalm 103:15-17a

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away."
-Revelation 21:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.

-2 Corinthians 1:3-4

 In sure and certain hope that, as Christ lived and was the first to rise from the dead, we too shall have new life and will join our heavenly Father along with all the saints in a new and better place. We therefore commit our brother/sister (Name) to the earth from which he/she was made, and lay to rest this mortal body that it might put on immortality. The Lord bless him/her and keep him/her; the Lord make his face shine upon him/her and be gracious to him/her; the Lord look upon him/her with favor and give him/her peace.

Believing in the Resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we now entrust (Name) to the care of Almighty God and we ask Our Father to open the doors to his mansion and lead (Name) to the room made ready just for him/her. As we now commit his/her body to the ground/the deep/the elements/its final resting place; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we commend his/her spirit to its new home. Rest eternal grant him/her; and let light perpetual shine upon him/her.

 O God, the great Shepherd of all sheep, receive now unto you our beloved brother/sister (Name). As we commit his/her body to the earth/the ground/its final resting-place¨¨ - earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust ¨¨- we commend his/her spirit to your eternal care. Lord, may you bless him/her and keep him/her; may your face shine upon him/her and be gracious to him/her; may you lift up your countenance upon him/her and give him/her peace. Amen.

 Almighty God, as you once called our brother/sister (Name) into this life, so now you have called him/her into life everlasting. We therefore commit his/her body to the ground/its final resting-place; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. In the hope of resurrection unto eternal life, through the promise of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we faithfully and victoriously give him/her over to your blessed care. Amen.

 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, we commend to God's merciful care our brother/sister (Name); and we commit his/her body to the ground/its final resting place: earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. "Blessed are the dead who ... die in the Lord ... they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them." 

(Revelation 14:13)

 God has blessed and enriched our lives in giving us (Name) to know and love here on earth. Though our time together was not nearly enough, in committing his/her body to the earth, we give over to God the care of his/her spirit, and we acknowledge that we will one day reunite with him/her in God's house where Jesus has prepared a room for us. The Lord bless him/her and keep him/her; the Lord make his face shine upon him/her and be gracious to him/her; the Lord look upon him/her with favor and give him/her peace.

We selfishly want to hold on to (Name). It brings great pain to let go. Living in the resurrection hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the trust of a loving God and in the promise of eternal life, we now commit his/her body to its place of rest. We will continue to mourn (Name), but his/her laughter will warm the kingdom of God. We will continue to love (Name), but God will now take care of him/her. We will continue to carry (Name) in our thoughts, but he/she will be kept safe in God's hands. Receive him/her in the arms of your mercy, O God, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of all your saints.

 Almighty God, as you once called our brother/sister (Name) into this life, so now you have called him/her into life everlasting. We therefore commit him/her (or his/her remains; his/her body; his/her earthly tent) to the elements. In the hope of resurrection unto eternal life, through the promise of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we faithfully and victoriously give him/her over to your blessed care. Amen.

 

 

The Death Announcement

When you make the initial death announcement it most likely will be in the form of a obituary-samplenewspaper obituary.

Because you will be including information in the newspaper notice on the location, date and time and even donation information, you should wait until you have the date and time of the service established.

You should write out what you want to say and then print it out before calling the newspaper. This will help organize your thoughts and the information you want to have publicly noted. If the deceased was a prominent citizen or celebrity, a detailed obituary is written in the newspaper with copies sent to radio and television media. (View sample funeral obituary)

The death notice is paid by the family member, spouse or friend who places the announcement in the paper. You may want to find out first about the costs, space limitations and deadline. There are some newspapers that place and print obituaries at no charge. The obituary needs to include the date of the death, names of survivors, important accomplishments, date and time of the service, and donation information.

Some families also send out the death announcement via email. If you have the email addresses, this is an economical way to go but not every may have all the email addresses of the people you want to send notices to. You may also be interested in reading Planning a Low Cost Funeral Service to get ideas on other cost saving tips.

You can also send death announcements in a more formal manner by using printed funeral cards, like one may send a wedding or birth announcement. The cards may contain a simple black border or have more of a subdued design. These cards should be sent to friends who may live out of state or living at a farther proximity to the service. It is not necessary to write a personal note on these cards.

You can obtain death announcement card templates to create them more easily and quickly. We have a nice selection of funeral programs here at The Funeral Program Site you may want to review. The thank you cards are a perfect notecard to send out annoucements. We can customize the title to say "In Loving Memory" instead of "Thank You" for the perfect death announcement.

We can customize any of our programs to fit an announcement of any sort, so if you do not see it on our website– we can create it quickly.

Funeral Pre Planning

Funeral Pre PlanningThere are many people today who are planning their own funeral or memorial services even though they are not terminally ill. It has been a proven wise thing to do in light of the rising funeral costs and to keep the surviving family members apprised of what the desires of the deceased are.

Funeral preplanning has been known to ease preparations and burden for the family after the loved one has passed. This is because every detail of the arrangements has been made and there are less decisions the family needs to make. It is beneficial because of the highly emotional time experienced by everyone.

Pre-planning funerals may seem morbid or maybe even uncomfortable to some people,  however, it does ensure the wishes of the deceased are met. There is less guess work for the family and more time to focus on remembering the legacy and memory they left behind.

Here some items to note to determine if preplanning your own funeral is right choice for you. You can also use the information below to help a loved one preplan as well.

Most people do not know what type of decisions one must make when faced with planning and funeral. There are big decisions to make such as how the body will be disposed of to the smallest details of picking out flower arrangements.

Sales pressure is often alleviated when preplanning because there is more time to make decisions and your frame of mind is more stable.

Make sure you find out all the fine details in a preplanning agreement. It can get complicated in the finances since there are many payment options available. There is also the factor of insurance that can create an additional layer of complexity. It’s best to try and take another person along when meeting with a preplanning counselor if you are not comfortable with handling all the financial aspects of the agreement.

Once you choose a preplan option, know that you can start shopping for items such as programs, caskets, urns, etc. These are easily obtain through online retailers such as The Funeral Program Site and can save you much money purchasing it on your own verses getting it from the funeral home. You may also opt to have certain items not included in the preplanning contract to save additional costs.

You may need to at some point employ the services of an attorney for living wills or other matters concerning the personal property involved. It does pay to shop around in this area as there may be other more cost effective options.

You can purchase a preplanning package from your local funeral home. You can begin by choosing several funeral homes and compare their preplanning packages. Once you choose a funeral home you want to work with, make sure you also check their credentials through the professional organization they may belong to. 

There is more leg work involved in preplanning but you do have more time, depending on how far in advance you begin the planning process. In the end, you will be relieved and glad you did it.