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A Pillar Falls

Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.Matthew 25:21 RSV

Have you ever notice that at the beginning of worship, when the choir enters, that everyone in the congregation would stand up? There’s nothing printed in the bulletin that asks you to do so, there’s no cue from either myself or any of the choir to do so, and yet the congregation stands when the choir and myself enter the sanctuary. Why? Bob Merrick. It was a tradition of respect that he picked up from when he served Signals Intelligence during the Second World War in Newfoundland. He and his wife Alma brought that back with them when they moved to Calgary fifty years ago. Bob and Alma always sat near the front, and as they would stand when the choir and minister entered, so too would the rest of the congregation.

Alma died in March 2008, and early yesterday morning, on July 9, 2017, Bob joined her at the age of 94.

Since joining the congregation in 1967, the pair were pillars of the congregation. From the colours of the sanctuary, to greeting people as they would arrive for worship, to the support for the choir, Bob was very much a pillar of St. Matthew’s. He remained deeply involved in the life of the congregation over the years, right up until he went into hospital two weeks ago. He was part of the process that brought together our Vision and Mission statements, and as such he will continue to have an impact on the life of St. Matthew’s. We will miss him deeply, but we are also grateful for the life that he shared.

The service for Bob Merrick will be held at St. Matthew’s United Church on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 at 11:00am.

Yours in Christ,

John

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