Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains just a single grain; but if it dies it bears much fruit.
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
Inspired by Jesus’ words in John 12, this funeral pall was commissioned by a rural congregation whose building is surrounded by wheat fields. It was fashioned from ivory satin and embellished with a commercial tapestry braid that features grapes and wheat. It was embellished with improvisational machine stitching. The pall is placed over the casket as a reminder that the deceased is clothed in the righteousness of Christ and, in baptism, has been marked with the seal of Christ forever.