The “ONE VOICE” Christian Vocal Ensemble dedicates this concert season to the Glory of God and the memory of Greg L. Biddle
In Memory of….Greg L. Biddle
On July 19, 2014, our dear brother, Greg Biddle, went home to be with the Lord. Greg was an original member of “ONE VOICE”.
Greg was a man of many talents and passions. He spent many hours pouring over music, literature and scripture, and shared so much of what he learned with others. He was a gifted actor, and appeared on stage in shows such as “Oklahoma,” My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Tartuffe,” “Anything Goes,” “Scrooge,” and many musical revues. Greg was also a dedicated teacher, helping many young men and women discover their own musical gifts, and starting them off on their own musical journeys. A learned theologian, he loved to share the Word with everyone who cared to listen. If you were blessed to be counted among his friends, you could expect to be graciously welcomed in his home, thoughtfully remembered in prayer each day, loyally supported and defended in the face of challenges, and fiercely loved. Those closest to him witnessed Greg’s quick wit, incredible sense of humor, adventurous spirit, and desire to experience every roller coaster and water rapid ride available. Oh…let’s not forget Greg’s penchant for driving backwards in circles in empty parking lots, or finding ditches in snowstorms! Good times!
Greg’s love for the Lord, and for ministering to others, was never more evident than when he sang. His rich, baritone voice could rock the rafters of the church, or simply float ethereally upon the breeze, with each note reaching steadily for the heavens.
Today as we lift our voices in praise and worship of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we know that Greg is in the presence of the Lord, worshipping, and singing as part of the choir of angels. Our brother is gone from our presence, but not forgotten, and his voice will forever ring in the halls of heaven. Until we meet again, Greg.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”
There are a lot of words you could use to describe Greg, but I think our favorite is passionate. He was passionate about so many things: music/singing, politics (no need to elaborate further!),debating, baking, just to name a few. The things he was most passionate about though were his family and friends, and the Lord. He cherished these relationships, knowing that no matter what he did or said, he would receive unconditional love. Greg loved deeply, and enjoyed spending time with those that meant the most to him. He was gifted at so many things, and those of us who were fortunate enough to watch him on the stage, or listen to him narrate and sing in his rich baritone voice, or listen to a Bible study he was leading, know that we were part of something truly special.
Our friendship spanned almost 24 years, and during that time we made some wonderful memories. There were the late show choir rehearsals followed by trips to Eat n Park, the cache of fireworks and subsequent fireworks displays that would put the Zambelli's to shame, birthday celebrations, the amusement park trips, times shared together at the cottage in Erie...some of the biggest, best laughs in our lives came when Greg was around. We feel blessed to have been counted among those Greg loved.
Our hearts are heavy, as a very unique and special person is gone from our lives. But this day we can rejoice, knowing that we will see him again, all of us singing and praising God together with "one voice"....Rest in peace, dear friend...
Mark, Elisa, and Julianna Eyer
Counting My Blessings
Greg L. Biddle, 06/18/14
“Because you are all so patient in listening to my frequent complaints, I want to invite you into what I wish for you to be a moment of blessing and join me in my final prayer of the evening in preparation to retire to bed. In the Anglican Tradition, we call it “Evensong” and we invite all of creation to sing with us, acknowledging and celebrating the Glory, Majesty, Mercy, Wisdom and Might of God Almighty, thanking Him for our lives, His love and Blessings, taking a moment to reflect on how those attributes have manifest themselves in our lives this day in particular. Welcome.
I am listening to the rain on the leaves of the trees in my yard and the wonderful rolling thunder, close and then echoing far off, sparkling with the occasional glitter of lightening. I take a deep breath of the cool moving breeze and will climb the stairs and slide between the two soft cotton sheets and lie my head on goose down pillows, listening to that mighty roll of thunder, repeated again and again as the rain purifies the air and washes the mistakes of the day away. The patter of the rain reminds me of the beautiful water-fall like piano accompaniment in the introduction of the Hymn, Jesus Paid It All” that my best friend and Maestro plays so movingly on the piano and my other twenty best friends sing like the very angelic chorus they are. A few words of that hymn will go through my mind and I will be gone off into dreamless sleep with the next thunder roll, either to rise tomorrow to continue to grow in His Grace, or to be born before the breath of dawn upon angels wings into His Loving Eternal Presence. I love and need these moments. I wish similar blessings to all of you, tonight and always. Thanks for sharing my Evensong with me. I am grateful for the gift of your friendships. Good night and God bless.”