The Service of Death and Resurrection is a service of worship that expresses gratitude to God for the life of the one who has died and bears witness of our hope that because Christ has been raised from the dead, we too will be raised to new life in Him.
We worship in the assurance that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, 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.” It is also a service in which we acknowledge the pain and sorrow of death, even as Jesus wept by the grave of his friend, Lazarus.
We view the service for the burial of the dead as a solemn moment in the life of the church, reminding us all of our physical mortality. But we also see this time as one in which we can be reminded to give thanks again to God for caring about us enough to send His son that we might have the gift of eternal life. In this way, the central focus of the service is on the worship of God and the hope of resurrection.