2017.2.16 In Memory Of Alice Helser

Rev. C. Jarrod Lies - Thu, Feb 16

Runtime: 00:11:33

Sermon Transcript

Intro:
• Gregory the Theologian: “If anyone were to ask me, ‘What is the best thing in life?’ I would answer, ‘Friends.’”
• The suddenness of the connection:
o Married to Harry for 57 years
o Highschool friends
• Friendship is revealed not made: A certain ‘completeness’ to the relationship from the start
o Met Harry at a lake and then a blind date
o Craig, Jan, Chris+
• Given in freedom:
o Friendship is the performance art of freedom
o Alice converted to Catholicism in H.S.
o Strong love for grandkids: 3 boys
• Shared common experience / Shared purpose / A shared history
o She and Harry were always together
 Travel, Took her to Beauty Shop – loved to get her hair done
o Grandkids
 Never missed their games
 Take GK’s on Spring Break
• Begins with communication
o Razor sharp mind
o She loved to cook – Sunday dinner
o Husband has to drive her everywhere
• Requires people with secure sense of self
o Can be gruff
o Worked her whole life: Executive Secretary at Cessna then Public Relations at Cessna
• Similar interests
o Loved KU B-ball and Football, Royals, Shocker B-Ball: TV usually on Sports
o Wheel of Fortune every night
o Belonged to a Social Sorority – Sigma Phi Gama National Sorority
• Naturalness: Produces joyfulness and humor
o Very Social person
• Communion in friendship / Intimacy
o Not ‘you plus me’ but “you and me as we are when we are together”
o Caretakers saw her like a grandmother
o Communion in home – anointed Wednesday before she passed
• FRIENDS EBMODY THE GOOD WE WISH TO BECOME
• AS THE GOOD WE WISH TO BECOME OUR FRIENDS BECOME ANOTHER SELF
o After Harry died “I don’t know what I am going to do.”
• Joy is friendship

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