Funerals and Memorial Services
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Our church family seeks to offer compassionate support to those who experience the death of a loved one. When a family member has died or death is imminent we seek to provide pastoral care and spiritual support as soon a possible. Please notify the church at 503-287-1289. When the church office is closed a minister is always on call. Voicemail messages are checked regularly by the minster on call, who will return your call as soon as possible.
Arranging a Worship Service
The funeral or memorial service is first and foremost an occasion for the worship of God. Its purpose is twofold: to bear witness to God’s promises of resurrection life, and to remember the life of the one who has died a part of the eternal story of God’s creative love. Recognizing our common humanity, the service seeks to offer solace, support and hope to all who attend. Please notify us of your desire to hold a funeral or memorial service as soon as possible. You may choose a minister to conduct the service. The minister you select will meet with you to offer comfort and discuss options for the service. At this meeting, you will discuss the order of worship, including the selection of hymns, music, and scripture. Sharing memories and clarifying the desired character of the service will also be part of this conversation.
Times and Dates
A funeral or memorial service must be scheduled on the church calendar before public notice is given. Contact Jonathan Dyer in the church office, 503-287-1289, or office/at/westprespdx.org.
Community (non-member) services
As part of Westminster’s ministry to the community, we are open to providing a sacred worship space for local families in times of grief. Contact the church for more information.