Dr. Robert Eugene Webber
November 27, 1933 - April 27, 2007
From the Memorial Service
Friday, June 15, 2007
Grace Episcopal Church
Orange Park, Florida
A service planned by Bob Webber for the glory of God
Whatever thy hand findeth to do,
do it with all thy might (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
thou greatest of feasts on the journey to freedom eternal;
death, cast aside all the burdensome chains
and demolish the walls of our temporal body,
the walls of our souls that are blinded,
so that at last we may see that which here remains hidden.
Freedom, how long we have sought thee
in discipline, action and suffering;
dying, we now may behold thee revealed in the Lord.
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison)
A Note from Bob
As a Christian I have always believed in Christ as the Victor over sin and death, I believe that Christ was the Second Adam, sent to this earth as God Incarnate, suffered death, was buried and rose from the dead to restore the entire creation. I believe that it is God who narrates the entire world and creation, from start to finish. Consequently, I have no fear of death although I do fear the process.
Today, there are literally hundreds of different styles one can follow and model for a funeral. However, historic Christian funerals were always about God. I was able to think about my own funeral and truly want it to be about God who created this world, defeated Satan at the cross and rose victorious over death and the grave. Today we begin with several eulogies, then when those are done, the real funeral begins and it's all about God. I want my funeral to be a testimony to the God who raises us from hopelessness and blesses us with new life in Him.
I hope these few words help to explain why my funeral is being done in a more ancient than modern way.
The Lord be with you!
Dr. Andy Hill (3:47)
Wheaton College colleague
and IWS faculty member
Dr. Jim Hart (4:58)
Dr. Darrell Harris (5:55)
Dean of the Chapel, IWS
Dr. John Lindsell (8:44)
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, IWS
and Bob's brother-in-law
Former parish priest, St. Marks Episcopal Church, Geneva, IL
The following is a list composed by Bob and Joanneís four children. It was read at the funeral held in Michigan. They chose the number 27 because Bob was born on November 27 and died on April 27.
27 things we learned from daddy
1. How to be friendly to everyone
2. How to be gracious and forgiving
3. How to have a sense of humor
4. How to appreciate silence
5. How to eat ice cream standing up, right out of the carton
6. How to be a realist
7. How to be an optimist
8. How to say Iím sorry
9. How to see the best in everyone and let them know it
10. How to do what you love and let the chips fall where they may
11. How to fight fire with grace
12. How to not take yourself too seriously
13. How to take yourself seriously
14. How to be dignified in the face of adversity
15. How to stand up for whatís true
16. How to be broken bread and poured out wine
17. How to cut your losses and move on
18. How to find true humility by giving the glory to God
19. How to march to the beat of your own drum and let others do the same
20. How to go with the flow and roll with the punches
21. How to appreciate the past but live in the present
22. How to be very silly
23. How to hug like you mean it
24. How to hold your tongue
25. How to speak your mind
26. How to take it all with a grain of salt
27. How to seize the day, grab the bull by its horns, and live a life thatís worth
bottom of the gravestone reads: Dominus Vobiscum et tu Spiritus
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