Yesterday I was entrusted with one of the greatest privileges as a minister - conducting a funeral service. This was a very special one, because it was another minister, and it was definitively the last service in Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, Paisley, which had been opened specially for this purpose.
The church was pretty full - there must have been over 200 people in the congregation - and the family were truly amazing in delivery of a significant poem and some personal memories. Afterwards, we moved on to a local cemetery for burial before an opportunity to share memories in a hotel.
It's always interesting to learn about people as we say farewell to them, and this was no exception, and it's always a real privilege to be permitted to share in such a personal event.
DR was a faithful minister, a beloved family man, and I am glad I knew him these last ten years. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.