I am grateful to my good friend Suzanne who sent me this link today to find the announcement of Robert Webber’s death. (http://www.iwsfla.org/) What a great loss to us and a great joy and release for Bob. I did not in any way know him personally, but few authors have had the recent impact on me that he has had.
Two amazing books of his that I recently read were Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail and Ancient Future Evangelism. His pioneering leadership in worship studies and paradigm blending will be sorely missed.
“Almighty God, we remember this day before thee thy faithful servant Bob; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, thou wilt receive him more and more into thy joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served thee in the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.”
– from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 202
“O God of the Feast, welcome your man to the table. Gift him with the true foods of your presence and smile. Let him feel your good pleasure and bask in your love. He has blessed us and helped us grow in your will and grace. Thank him for us, and hold him. Gift him peace.”