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69 Most Popular Lutheran Funeral Hymns

Kate Tran

When farewelling a loved one, expressing your sorrow is often easier through song. The right melody can pay tribute to the life of the deceased and give you strength in their passing. 

Lutheran funerals are more traditional than other Christian denominations, including readings from the Old and New Testaments. The purpose of the gathering is to worship and focus on the grace of God. 

A typical Lutheran funeral service consists of three to five hymns, with one each at the start and end of the mass. To help you with planning the program, we’ve compiled a list of popular Lutheran funeral hymns below.

Lutheran Funeral Hymns

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A Mighty Fortress

Abide with Me! Fast Falls the Eventide

Amazing Grace

Be Thou My Vision

Beautiful Saviour

Blessed Assurance

Borning Cry

Children of the Heavenly Father

Crown Him with Many Crowns 

Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice 

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Go, My Children, with My Blessing 

God, Our Help in Ages Past

God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It 

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer

Heaven Came Down

How Great Thou Art

How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

I Know That My Redeemer Lives 

I Need Thee

I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry

If You But Trust in God to Guide You

In the Garden

It Is Well with My Soul

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Jesus Has Come and Brings Pleasure 

Jesus Lives! the Victory’s Won!

Jesus, Lead Thou On

Jesus, Priceless Treasure

Jesus, the Very Thought of You

Just as I Am

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Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus 

Lift High the Cross

Lord of All Hopefulness

Lord Take My Hand and Lead Me

Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word 

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Love that Will not Let Me Go

Mansion on a Hilltop

Morning Has Broken

My Faith Looks up to Thee

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds 

Now Thank We All Our God

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

O Lord, We Praise Thee 

O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright 

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded 

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand

Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty 

Rock of Ages

Savior of the Nations, Come 

Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness 

The Church’s One Foundation 

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The Lord’s My Shepherd

The Lord’s Prayer

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The Tree of Life 

There is a Balm in Gilead

There Is a Redeemer

Thine Is the Glory

Thy Strong Word 

Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Victory in Jesus

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

When the Roll is Called up Yonder

When We All Get to Heaven

ELCA Lutheran Funeral Hymn FAQs

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What is the most popular funeral hymn?

Ave Maria and Amazing Grace are among the most popular hymns played during a funeral service.

How many hymns do you have at a cremation?

A typical cremation will include at least two hymns in the funeral order of service. Most of the time, a hymn will be played to formally open and close the cremation.

How many Lutheran synods are there?

In America, the Lutheran Church comprises 65 synods which vary greatly in membership and geography. These synods are organized into nine regions across the country.

Can Lutherans be cremated?

Lutheran scripture is silent on cremation and the theology does not favor burial. As such, the faith allows cremation as a method of treating remains. This approach is becoming more common over time in the Lutheran community.

Can Lutherans spread ashes?

Lutheran tradition allows for cremated remains to be interred (buried), scattered, or placed in an urn. While the approach for ashes is quite flexible, the priority is to give the deceased appropriate and respectful funeral rites.

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Kate is a qualified psychologist (M.A. Psych) by day and writer in the late evenings. When she is not trying to configure websites, Kate can be found walking in nature with a coffee firmly in hand.