Gospel Blues Music For Funeral Program Order of Service

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Planning gospel blues music for a deceased loved ones funeral program order of service is a respectful way to say farewell. However, Covid-19 has added an extra burden to the way we celebrate a life. How do you plan the music for the funeral program order of service?

Well, whatever your government allows you to do gospel blues music is a perfect tribute to a unique life. Albeit it’s a sensitive and moving moment you can share comforting and meaningful songs to ease everyone’s sadness, disbelief and sorrow.

So, whether you are religious or non-religious, gospel blues music can lift your spirit. More importantly, inspirational songs, classic hymns and traditional prayers give you the strength you need to say goodbye. Here are some familiar songs to help you plan a funeral program order of service.

Gospel Blues Music

Alternative music for a funeral program order of service

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Kirk Dewayne Franklin is the king of modern day black gospel music. Otherwise known as Kirk Franklin the American choir director, gospel musician, singer, songwriter, and author has put urban black gospel on the world map.


  • Musical Prelude

  1. Abide With Me – LC Gospel Choir
  2. Amazing Grace – Soweto Gospel Choir
  3. Ave Maria – Beyonce
  • Introduction / Words of Welcome

  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin
  2. Caught Up – Shirley Caesar & Kirk Franklin
  3. Don’t Cry – Kirk Franklin
  • Prayers / Scripture Readings

  1. Down By The Riverside – Etta James
  2. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand – Mahalia Jackson
  3. His Eye Is On The Sparrow – Sister Act
  • Musical Selections/Hymns

  1. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
  2. I Speak Life – Donald Lawrence
  3. Jericho – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Formal Reading of Obituary

  1. Jerusalem – Hubert Parry
  2. Lean On Me – Bill Withers
  3. More Than I Can Bear – Kirk Franklin
  • Eulogy/Life Tribute

  1. Jesus Is On The Mainline – Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes
  2. Old Landmark – James Brown
  3. One Day I’ll Fly Away – Randy Crawford
  • Brief Informal Tributes

  1. People Get Ready – Five Blind Boys Of Alabama
  2. Something Inside So Strong – Labri Saffri
  3. Steal Away – Michelle Williams & Shirley Caesar
  • Thank you and Acknowledgements

  1. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Fisk Jubilee Singers
  2. Till We Meet Again – Kirk Franklin
  3. The Lord Is My Shepherd – Whitney Houston
  • Viewing of Deceased

  1. To My Fathers House – Edwin Hawkin Singers
  2. You’ll Never Walk Alone – ABC Gospel Choir version
  3. You Waited – Travis Greene
  •  Gospel blues music – Closing/Benediction

  1. You’ve Got To Move – Mississippi Fred McDowell
  2. Don’t Forget To Remember – Donald Lawrence ft/Lalah Hathaway
  3. Wade in The Water – Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens
  4. When The Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong
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Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973)
The Gospel of the Blues – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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Before I go, let me commiserate with you. Along with an eulogy gospel blues music is key to the healing process. And the funeral becomes an enlightening event amidst the darkness of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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