The Resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian faith and shapes Christians’ attitudes and responses to the event of death. In the face of death, Christians affirm with tears and joy the hope of the Gospel. Christians do not bear bereavement in isolation, but are sustained by the power of the Spirit and the community of faith. The church offers a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve. Just as the church embraces us in our baptism and throughout our Christian life, so it should embrace us in our death and in our hope of resurrection to eternal life. Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith, we entrust those who have died
It is the commitment of the clergy and music leadership of First United Methodist Church to present a properly balanced and theologically sound service that both honors our loved ones and praises God through worship and word.
Upon the death of one of our members, please contact Dr. Shera Atkinson, our liaison for funeral and memorial services, at the congregational care office (806-763-4607 ext. 240) as soon as possible. Upon receiving your call, arrangements will begin to be made to secure the
Our pastors also earnestly desire to know of those who need comfort and counsel as they face death. By being involved early in situations of death or impending death, the pastor can help immensely with the necessary decisions regarding serve arrangements as well as caring for the spiritual needs of those involved.
TYPES OF SERVICES
All services conducted by the pastors of the church are services of worship for the community of faith. While the form of the services may differ, each is a Service of Witness to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Memorial Service—The Memorial Service is a service in which the body is not present. Interment of the remains in a Service of Committal has either preceded the Memorial Service or will take place at a later time.
Funeral Service—The Funeral Service is a service in which the body is present in either a casket or an urn. The Funeral Service is concluded with a Service of Committal.
Graveside Service—The Graveside Service is a service that takes place at the burial site. The Service of Committal is part of the Graveside Service.
LOCATION OF SERVICE
The service on the occasion of death ordinarily should be held in the usual place of worship in order to join this service to the community’s continuing life and witness to the Resurrection. The service shall be under the direction of the pastor.
The Parlor located on the church property, provides a warm and familiar place for visitation with family and friends. Members are encouraged to use this facility for visitation as part of their
Memorial, Funeral and Graveside Services are acts of worship among the Christian community. The purpose of such services of worship
The service typically begins with scriptural sentences. It is appropriate for worships
The Scriptures are a rich source to which Christians have turned for comfort and assurance in times of grief. The pastor will guide the selection of appropriate scripture passages and would welcome suggestions of those with particular meaning for the family and/or the deceased.
Hymns should be chosen which affirm the goodness and grace of God and which give comfort and support to those who grieve. The pastor and the organist will guide the selection of appropriate hymns. The appropriateness of musical selections will be determined by the church’s music department. Additional instrumentalists or vocalists may also be employed but must be approved by the church’s music department. The family is expected to contact and to cover the cost of additional musicians. No CD’s or taped music is allowed the Sanctuary. Please see further attached information.
The church may provide a pall for a member’s Funeral Service. A pall is a large cloth which covers the casket during the service. It represents the covering of the Christian by the righteousness of Christ and alludes to the baptismal waters of death and new life in Jesus. Since righteousness is an unmerited gift from God and all people stand equal in the eyes of God, the outer appearance of the casket in its cost or beauty is of no consequence to the Christian community. By use of the pall, the focus of the service may remain
In the case of cremation, the urn containing the ashes is usually only present at the time of committal, following or preceding the Funeral Service.
Typically, the family of the deceased will furnish the arrangement of flowers for the service. The church receptionist is present to receive flowers for an upcoming service from 9 until 4, Monday through Friday.
OTHER FRATERNAL, CIVIC OR MILITARY RITES
The service shall be complete in itself; however, fraternal, civic or military rites may be included at the discretion of the pastor.
COSTS AND FEES
There are no charges or fees for members for use of the church’s facilities. Costs to the family will be for flowers the family provides at the service and for musicians and vocalists the family may request. It will be the responsibility of the family to order flowers from the florist of their choice. Please see the attached policy from the Music Department regarding fees.
For members, the church is available for services Monday through Saturday, except holidays and as venues are available. On Fridays and Saturdays, Funerals may be held during
The church is closed or has limited availability on the following days: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther Kind Day, Holy Week, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The church is honored to host funerals of non-members Monday through Thursday during normal working hours as our schedule allows. Services may also be held on Friday morning when staffing and scheduling allows.
When considering a worship venue, keep in mind that our Sanctuary seats 1200; Bowman Chapel seats 140 and our Christian Life Center seats 300-600.
Videos may be shown in the CLC Worship Center. For services held in the Sanctuary or Chapel, videos may be shown in the Parlor.
Often, families desire a meal before or after the service. Members who are affiliated with a Sunday School class or other small group may have their small group host the meal. We encourage the use of our catering services led by Charles
Music Guidelines for Funeral or Memorial Services at FUMC Lubbock
The music for a funeral or memorial service shall be sacred and reflect the tradition of music at FUMC. All are invited to join in
Music should be scriptural in nature and primarily focused on God. Electronically produced or pre-recorded music may not be used in the Sanctuary. Our music department will provide traditional and religious music for the service, in consultation with the pastor(s). For assistance in choosing hymns, please see the list below. All hymns that are sung must be chosen from the most current United Methodist Hymnal unless special arrangements have been made with the Director of Music.
The Director of Music or Associate Director of Music/Organist is available for funeral and memorial services. The organist will provide suitable sacred service music (prelude/recessional/postlude) and hymns to be selected by the family and pastor. Instrumentalists and vocalists may also be used through the family’s arrangement and coordination with the Director of Music.
If one of the choir members or a family member of the choir passes away, the choir
In regard to honoraria: it is customary for musicians to receive honoraria from the family for their contributions to the service. The guide below will assist the family in that process.
Soloist, instrumentalists, each member of an ensemble: $75-100
Sound technician: $50