Funeral Service Hymns

These are probably the most popular hymns sung at Funerals, but please feel free to discuss other ideas with the minister conducting the service


Index
1          Abide with me; fast falls the eventide:
2          All things bright and beautiful,
3          Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
4          And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem)
5          Be still, for the presence of the Lord
6          Dear Lord and Father of mankind
7          Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising (Sing Hosanna)
8          Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
9          Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy
10        Make me a channel of your peace.
11        Morning has broken
12        Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder (How Great thou Art)
13        On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
14        Praise, my soul, the King of heaven!
15        Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
16        The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
17        The King of love my Shepherd is,
18        The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want (Crimond)
19        To God be the glory, great things he has done


1

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide:
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see:
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need thy presence every passing hour;
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting?  Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

Hold thou thy Cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies:
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Henry Francis Lyte 1793-1847

2

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.


Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
All things bright and beautiful

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.
All things bright and beautiful

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
All things bright and beautiful

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
All things bright and beautiful

Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-1895

3

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now I'm found,
was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me;
his word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.

John Newton 1725-1807

4
(Jerusalem)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.

William Blake 1757-1827

5

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the holy one is here.
Come, bow before him now,
with reverence and fear.
In him no sin is found,
we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the holy one is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
with splendour he is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around;

Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place,
He comes to cleanse and heal,
to minister his grace.
No work too hard for him,
in faith receive from him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place,

David J Evans b. 1957

6

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways!
Re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise.
In deeper reverence praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow thee,
Rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!
Interpreted by love.

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.
The beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire
O still small voice of calm,
O still small voice of calm.

John Greenleaf  Whittier 1807-1892


7
(Sing Hosanna)

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
Give me joy in my heart, I pray.
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
Keep me praising till the break of day.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
            Sing hosanna to the King of Kings!
            Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
            Sing hosanna to the King!


Give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
Give me peace in my heart, I pray.
Give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
Keep me loving till the break of day.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,


Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
Give me love in my heart, I pray.
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
Keep me praising till the break of day.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,

Traditional


8

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim thorough this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand:
            Bread of heaven
            Bread of heaven
Feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
            Strong deliverer
            Strong deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell's destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan's side:
            Songs and praises,
            Songs and praises,
I will ever give to thee.

W Williams. Tr. P & W Williams
c. Canterbury Press, Norwich


9

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy;
be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace.
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm.
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

John Greenleaf Whittier 1807-1892

10

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord.
And where there's doubt, true faith in you.
O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love, with all my soul.


Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope.
where there is darkness, only light,
and where's sadness ever joy.
O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love, with all my soul.


Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving to all men, that we receive,
and in dying that we're born to eternal life.

Sebastian Temple 1928-1997
From a pray of St Francis of Assisi c 1182-1226

11

Morning has broken
Like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing
Fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall
Sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall
On the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
Of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness
Where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight!
Mine is the morning
Born of the one light
Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
Praise every morning,
God's re-creation
Of the new day!
 
Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)
©Oxford University Press



12
(How Great thou Art)

Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
consider all the worlds thy hand has made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
thy pow'r throughout the universe displayed
            Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee:
            How great thou art, how great thou art,
            Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee:
            How great thou art, how great thou art.


When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul,

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
sent him to die -I scarce can take it in:
that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away my sin;
Then sings my soul,

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home -what joy shall fill my heart!
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!
Then sings my soul,

Russian hymn
tr. Stuart K. Hine 1899-1989
Text  1953 Stuart K Hine/Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

13

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suff'ring and shame;
and I loved that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.

Chorus:
So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross
and exchange it some day for a crown.


Oh that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me,
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary.

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see.
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died
to pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
its shame and reproach gladly bear.
Then he'll call me some day to my home far away,
there his glory for ever I'll share.

George Bennard

14

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven!
To his feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise the everlasting King!

Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him still the same for ever,
slow to chide and swift to bless.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Glorious in his faithfulness!

Father-like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Widely as his mercy flows!

Angels, help us to adore him;
ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon bow down before him
dwellers all in time and space.
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise him! Praise him!
Praise with us the God of grace!

Henry Francis Lyte 1793-1847 from Psalm 103

15

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation:
            All ye who hear,
            Now to his temple draw near,
Joining in glad adoration,

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shieldeth thee gently from harm, or when fainting sustaineth:
            Hast thou not seen
            How thy heart's wishes have been
Granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend thee:
            Ponder anew
            What the Almighty can do,
If to the end he befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
            Let the Amen
            Sound from his people again:
Gladly for ay we adore him.

Joachim Neander 1650-1680 tr. Catherine Winkworth 1827-1878

16

The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
the darkness falls at thy behest;
to thee our morning hymns ascended,
thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
while earth rolls onward into light,
through all the world her watch is keeping,
and rests not now by day or night.

As o'er each continent and island
the dawn leads on another day,
the voice of prayer is never silent,
nor dies the strain of praise away.

The sun that bids us rest is waking
our brethren 'neath the western sky,
and hour by hour fresh lips are making
thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord, thy throne shall never,
like earth's proud empire, pass away;
thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
till all thy creatures own thy sway.

John Ellerton 1826-1893

17

The King of love my Shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spreadst a table in my sight,
thy unction grace bestoweth:
and O what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never;
good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever.

H W Baker 1821-1877 from Psalm 23


18
(Crimond)

The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
he makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
e'en for his own name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill;
For thou art with me, and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
And in God's house for evermore
my dwelling-place shall be.

Scottish Psalter 1650 from Psalm 23


19

To God be the glory, great things he has done
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
Who yielded his life in atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.

            Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
            Let the earth hear his voice!
            Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
            Let the people rejoice!
            O come to the Father through Jesus his Son;
            and give him the glory, great things he has done!


O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God!
And every offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
                        Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Great things he has taught us, great things he has done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher, and greater will be
our wonder, our rapture, when Jesus we see.
                        Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Fanny J Crosby (1820-1915)
nee Frances van Alstyne



 


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