Funerals are not easy for any of us. Death has visited our church family twice in the last two weeks…both very unexpected. I’m just thankful that both men knew the Lord.
I’ll just share some thoughts with you on playing for funerals.
Think about the mood of music needed for this occasion. For me…I want to play hymns that soothe the broken hearts of many people.
Varying the speed of hymns adds a nice touch. I try not to play too many slow hymns in a row… to avoid a sense of despair. In my mind, I’m trying to encourage the family that is so overwhelmed with sorrow. I want to remind them that God cares… and their loved one is in heaven (if that loved one had asked Jesus into their heart).
Here’s a list of hymns I would play before the funeral starts. Maybe this will help those of you who have a hard time deciding what to play for a funeral.
Abide With Me
Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know
He Hideth My Soul
Does Jesus Care?
God Leads Us Along
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
It is Well
My Saviour First of All
Draw Ne Nearer
Near to the Heart of God
In the Sweet By and By
There’s Just Something About That Name
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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
*Click on the red underlined hymns above for a free piano solo arrangement and blue underlined hymns for arrangement from the online church pianist music store.
Ever notice how it’s the old hymns of faith that soothe our hearts during such times of need? I thank the Lord for such a strong heritage of music.
Playing for a funeral is just another way for the church pianist to minister to the hearts of his or her church family.