I thought that title might get your attention.  When it came to his funeral, my dad had one request of both my brother and: “Preach.” He didn’t want us to eulogize him.  He wanted a sermon.  He got it. 🙂

I returned on Saturday from our trip to Ontario after my dad’s funeral.  Loosing both your parents is a strange kind of grief.  I’m still in the midst of working through it and discerning what it means for me both personally and spiritually.  However, this sermon was a big step along that journey for me and for my brother.  As we heard after the service, it was also a large step for everyone in that packed house who congratulated us for the bravery of this proclamation, but more importantly, also told us they needed to hear it so badly in their own lives.

Those of you keeners out there will likely see the seeds of this sermon were planted on Advent III.  In some ways, that was my first response to my grief while this sermon is the flushing out of that experience.  It was a real challenge and joy to do this with my brother.  On the audio you’ll hear how we wove this sermon together – working as one preacher in two voices.

Also included here are the liturgy and the photo tribute to Dad.  I’ve had a number of folks asking if I might post it somewhere so they could see it and this seems to be as good a place as any.

Scroll down to see the liturgy, followed by a link to the Life in Pictured Moments, which is followed by an audio link to the readings and the sermon only.

Again, thanks you so much for your prayers and support.  In coming back to work, my mailbox was still filled with cards and notes. 

Blessings,

 

M

 

Celebrating the Life of

Rev. Bobby W. Fillier

 

For Reflection:

“When I die and leave behind

This earth I love

These trees, this sky

The pounding sea

The yearly hope of spring

Cry not for me

Rejoice

My soul has wings

And in its freedom sings.” ~Author Unknown

 

“He whom we love and lose is no longer where he was before;

he is now wherever we are.” ~St. John Chrysotom

 

“Death is only an incident, and not the most important one which happens to us in the state of being … look forward, feel free, rejoice in life, cherish the children, guard our memory. God bless you.” ~ Sir Winston Churchill

 

Prelude

Scripture Sentences 

Friends, hear these words of scripture;

may they bring comfort to you.

 

The eternal God is your dwelling place,

and underneath are the everlasting arms.   

Deuteronomy 33:27

 

God is my light and my salvation;

whom then shall I fear?         

God is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?     

Psalm 27:1

 

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.          

Psalm 46:1

 

Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4

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