Funeral Committal Service
The four symbols of departure.
This committal service is designed for the minister and the funeral director. The
minister will read the symbols and explanations while the director lays each symbol on the
casket in the order as they are read.
this branch's fruit bearing days are over.
It is going back to the earth. So is the body of our dear Sister/Brother here departed.
Her/His fruit bearing days are over; her/his body is going back to the earth from which it
came. Gen. 3:19 (NIV) By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for
dust you are and to dust you will return."
Red Flower- Red flower represents blood - without blood
there can be no life. Lev. 17:11a "For the
life of a creature is in the blood," Also, without the
shedding of blood there can be no remission or forgiveness of sin. (Is. 1:18) "Though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as with as snow,
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
The shed blood of Jesus Christ applied to our life, makes us fit vessels for Heaven.
White Flower- White represents heaven, purity, etc.
(Repeat Is. 1:18 again.) Sister/Brother _________ has been made a fit vessel, washed white
in the blood of the Lamb. It is not because of what we have done, but it is because of who
Jesus is and what he has done that we can stand before the throne of God having our
garments washed in the blood of the Lamb. Rev.
7:14 (NIV) I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who
have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb.
Green Fern - The green fern represents eternal life. Our
sister/brother has gone to a place where she/he will never die. John 6:40 (NIV) For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son
and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last
day." 1Joh 5:11 (NIV) and this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of
God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son
of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. Let
the word of God bring comfort to all those who believe in the Son of God. Let the Holy
Spirit reassure you in your pain of separation. May the Hope of eternal life be that which
gives you the strength to continue to serve the Lord in this life looking forward to the
life to come. Be assured that time which has separated us will also be the factor
that restores our lost love.
Closing Prayer of Departure.
- Dead Branch -