ECR Community Joins Together at Memorial for Michael Reeves
Gathering in Christian love and support, between 800 and 900 diocese members, friends, and family filled St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga on Friday evening, June 27 to celebrate the life of Michael Reeves.
Preaching the sermon was Reverend Canon Robert Edwards, rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Co-celebrants were Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia in Washington State, and Mary Douglas Glasspool, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles. A special welcome was delivered by Katharine Jefferts-Schori, Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church. Also attending were dozens of clergy and bishops from across the country, including two bishops from the Roman Catholic Church. The eulogy was delivered by two of Michael's longtime friends, Mark Halvorsen and Michael MacDonald, who shared lively (and sometimes hilarious) stories about Michael and his infectious passion for life.
Despite the grief over Michael's tragic loss, all who attended reported an overwhelming feeling of grace and love throughout the Easter liturgy, which finds all meaning in the Resurrection. That feeling of grace carried into the reception that followed under the oak tree at St. Andrews, where hundreds shared in friendship and fellowship.