Burial: Bill Albergotti

Burial: Bill Albergotti

Deepest apologies for the connection issue (frequent loss of signal) during the live broadcast of the Memorial Service for Bill Albergotti.

Posted by Grace Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 1, 2018

Deepest apologies for the connection issue (frequent loss of signal) during our live broadcast of the Memorial Service for Bill Albergotti.

Posted by Grace Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 1, 2018

(Due to technical difficulties, these comprise a partial video feed of Bill Albergotti’s service)

Burial: Bill Albergotti
1 March 2018
Jack Hardaway

I have this very vivid memory of first meeting Bill.
I was being interviewed for the Rector position here at Grace and Bill and Donnie Roberts gave me the driving tour of Anderson.
I was in the back seat so I couldn’t really see much, so I mostly just watched Bill and Donnie. It was a great show.
The drive went on quite awhile. It involved all the neighborhoods, driving the wrong way on several one way streets, lots of zig zagging, “this way, no that way” and frequent stops at homes for me to convince various people to come back to Church.
It was a wonderfully bewildering drive with two men for whom I soon came to have great affection and admiration.

I’ve heard Bill called many things over the years. As far as I can tell they are all true.
The historian.
The ambassador.
A stubborn jackass.
The conscience of Grace Church.
A consummate gentleman.

Only John Edwards spoke more slowly.
He had a particular way of making peanut butter and jelly for the children of the Church, mixing them together first then spreading them on the bread.
Welcoming people to his Church was important to him, it was more than being polite, it was that holy calling that some feel so deeply to offer true hospitality.
Honoring all the ties that bind us together, from generation to generation, finding and making the connections that hold us together, that was how Bill saw the world and his place in it.
In other words a true gentleman indeed.

God is gentle.
God is considerate.
God is deeply and truly hospitable.
God is stubborn and relentless in loving us.

If Bill was our only scripture revealing God, that is who we would know God to be.
Bill’s Gospel.
The human vocation is to reveal God’s image to the world.
What do we reveal?
How do we break that image?
How do we restore that image of God as gentle?

The bad theology of our culture has lost the gentleness God.
The idea that God is considerate sounds strange to our ears.
Today we give God thanks for Bill Albergotti and for those like Bill, who show us the true history of God as the tie that binds.
Today we let go.
Today may we honor the divine image by being gentle with each other.

Burial:  William O. Ducworth Jr.

Burial: William O. Ducworth Jr.

Bill Ducworth Celebration of Life

Posted by Grace Episcopal Church on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Burial William O. Ducworth Jr.
21 August 1961-16 February 2018
19 February
Jack Hardaway

To know Bill Ducworth is to be simultaneously in love and infuriated pretty much all the time.
He had this manic vitality that was catching, always on the verge of tipping over the edge into neurotic distraction, well maybe a little over that edge, especially sometimes.

Bill was always recruiting people for the cause, inviting, encouraging, training.
The cause was much bigger than the adult or children’s choir, or how to decorate and design, or make music.
Those were all outward and visible signs of an inner and spiritual calling.
The cause was the glory of God, the beauty of God, to attend to that singular Beauty, to praise that beauty that brings vitality to all living things and to in turn make beauty ourselves.
The cause of the beauty of God shaped and moved his life.

It was a sort of a spiritual obsessive-compulsive disorder for him, and for the rest of us it was a lot fun and frustration to be caught up in his wake.
That kind of vitality, it’s so easy to fool ourselves into thinking it can’t end, it can’t run out, it can’t die. It is always a shock when such liveliness ends.
Death, that thief in the night, it really caught us all off guard this time.

There was so much more to do, and say, and talk about, to give and forgive, to finish and begin. And that time is past. It is now time to let go.

So as Southerners, we tend to elevate our dead to the point of worship, to cling to them. It is a habit that we have that is hard to break.
The challenge of Christian faith is to step that adoration down to veneration, to letting go and finding in this particular, unique human image the image of God.
Our faith requires us to do more than remember, more than grieve, more than celebrate and give thanks. We do all those things, but we also find God and how God was made known to us in this person.
The Gospel according to Bill.
The beauty of God, it just dances, for the sake of being. There is no utility about it. It just is.
In beholding the beauty of God we are all made more alive.
Bill reminded us of that cause that brings life, that is vivacious.
The vitality of God, it is shown through Bill.
The beauty of God- it dances us all into life- it wakes us from our sleep
Bill is dancing into that life, the dance of resurrection that is the fullness of the Beauty of God, that Beauty that is Jesus the Risen Lord.
Join the cause.