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Funeral: Scattering of Ashes

An Order for a Service for The Burial or Scattering of Ashes

Scripture sentences:

(John 3:16)

(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

(Romans 14:8)

(2 Corinthians 4:16 - 5:1)

The Burial or Scattering takes place

Having expressed our trust in God's loving care, we now commit his ashes to their resting-place; in the sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, and rose again for us. To him be glory for ever. Amen.

Prayer of Petition:

This or another prayer may be used:

Eternal God, who destroyed death's power over us by your Son's death and resurrection, we remember N.......with love and thankfulness, and we pray that you will help us to be thankful for all that was good and praiseworthy in his life. Amen.

God our Father, who in your compassion sent your Son into this world to suffer and to die for our salvation, we give you thanks for his victory over sin on the cross of Calvary. We thank you for his triumph for us over death and for his resurrection which has brought life and immortality to light for all who believe in his Gospel. Grant to us the assurance that, as Christ rose from the dead and became the first fruits of those who died, so those who die in Christ will rise with him.

The Lord's Prayer:

The Blessing:

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.