When the people have gathered, one or more of the following are said:In the midst of life, we are in death; from whom can we seek help?(NINTH CENTURY)Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.Listen, I will tell you a mystery!We will not all die, but we will all be changed.For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality.Then the saying that is written will be fulfilled: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.Let us pray.O God, you have ordered this wonderful world and know all things in earth and in heaven.Give us such faith that by day and by night, at all times and in all places, we may without fear commit ourselves and those dear to us to your never failing love, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.Standing at the head of the coffin and facing it (preferably casting earth upon it as it is lowered into the grave) the pastor says:Almighty God, into your hands we commend your daughter Eileene, in sure and certain hope of resurrection to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.This body we commit to the ground earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. (TRADITIONAL)Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.Yes, says the Spirit, they will rest from their labors for their deeds follow them.Gracious God, we thank you for those we love but see no more.Receive into your arms your servant Phyllis, and grant that increasing in knowledge and love of you,she may go from strength to strength in service to your heavenly kingdom;through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.The pastor dismisses the people with the following or another blessing:Now to the One who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of God's glory with rejoicing,to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.