Funerals


The death of a loved one can be an emotional and difficult time for anyone. The clergy at St. John’s considers it a privilege to provide peace and comfort for you and your loved ones during this period. Members of the church are properly buried from the church. A member of the clergy should be contacted as soon as possible after a loved one passes.

For more information about funeral preparations, contact Fr. Jim Nelson. Visit bcponline.org to view the Book of Common Prayer Burial Service (under the Pastoral Offices section).

Columbarium

The Columbarium at St. John’s Episcopal Church is a consecrated burial ground set apart for the interment of the ashes of members of the parish and their families. The Columbarium is located on the south wall of the church in the Memorial Garden. A Niche may be purchased by calling the church office.

Funeral Scriptures

  • Isaiah 25:6-9 (The Lord will swallow up death forever)
  • Isaiah 61:1-3 (To comfort those who mourn)
  • Lamentations 3:22-26; 31-33 (The Lord is good to those who wait for Him)
  • Wisdom 3:1-5, 9 (The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God)
  • Job 19:21-27a (I know that my Redeemer lives)
  • Psalm 42: 1-7 (My soul longs for God as a deer for the water-brooks)
  • Psalm 46 (God is our refuse and strength)
  • Psalm 90:1-12 (Lord, you have been our refuge)
  • Psalm 121 (I lift my eyes to the hills)
  • Psalm 130 (Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord)
  • Psalm 139:1-11 (Lord you have searched me out and known me)
  • Romans 8:14-19, 34-35; 37-39 (Nothing can separate us from the love of God)
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 (Varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit)
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (Love is patient, love is kind)
  • 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; 35-38; 42-45; 53-58 (The body raised in glory)
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9 (Things unseen are eternal)
  • Revelation 7:9-17 (God will wipe away every tear)
  • Revelation 21:2-7 (Behold, I make all things new)
  • Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd)
  • Psalm 27 (The Lord is my light and my salvation)
  • Psalm 106:1-5 (Remember me, O Lord with the favor you have for your people)
  • Psalm 116 (I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living)

Gospel Readings

  • John 5:24-27 (He who believes has everlasting life)
  • John 6:37-40 (Everything that the Father gives me will come to me)
  • John 10:11-16 (I am the good shepherd)
  • John 11:21-27 (I am the resurrection and the life)
  • John 14:1-6 (In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places)