Doctrines and Discipline of the Free Methodist Church of North America - 1939 Edition



     ¶ 346. We will on no account make a charge for burying the dead.
[The minister, meeting the corpse, and going before it shall say:]

     I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die (John 11:25, 26).

     I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter, day upon the earth; and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another (Job 19: 25-27).

     We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord bath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (1 Tim. 6: 7; Job 1: 21).

[At the grave, while the corpse is being laid in the earth, the minister shall say:]

     Man that is born of woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up and is cut down like a flower: he fleeth as it were a shadow and never continueth in one stay.

     In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek for succor but of thee, 0 Lord, who for our sins art justly displeased?

     Yet, 0 Lord, God most holy, 0 Lord most mighty, 0 holy and most merciful Savior, deliver us not into the bitter pains of eternal death.

     Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers, but spare us, Lord most holy, 0 God most mighty, 0 holy and most merciful Savior, thou most worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not at our last hour for any pains of death to fall from thee.

[Then while the earth shall he cast upon the body, the minister shall say:]

     Inasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God, in his wise providence, to take out of this world the soul of our deceased brother. (sister, or child) we therefore commit his, (or her) body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; looking for the general resurrection in the last day, and the life of the world to come, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose second coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the earth and the sea shall give up their dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his own glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

     I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write: from henceforth blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; even so, saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.

     Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.


     O merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life; in whom 
whosoever beieveth shall live, though he die; and whosoever liveth and believeth in him shall not die eternally; we meekly beseech thee, 0 Father, to raise us from the death of sin unto the life of righteousness, that when we shall depart this life we may rest in him: and at the general resurrection, on the last day, may be found acceptable in thy sight, and receive that bleasing. which thy well-beloved Son shall then pronounce to all that love and fear thee, saying, Come ye blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. Grant this, we beseech thee, 0 merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.

     The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.