Funeral for Robert Locke Nelson (November 11, 1942 – March 11, 2021)

The Rite of Christian Burial for Robert Locke Nelson was offered on May 21, 2021.  

Live Stream of the Burial Liturgy

Eulogy & Homily from the Service

Robert Locke Nelson (November 11, 1942 – March 11, 2021)

Born in Evanston, Illinois in 1942, Robert Locke Brown was the first of the two children born to William Robert Brown and Elizabeth (Martin) Brown. His younger brother, Richard (“Rick”) arrived two years later.

​When Bob Brown’s parents divorced and his mother remarried, her two boys were adopted by her second husband, Edgar Nelson. They lived in the Chicago area until Bob was twelve, and the Nelson family moved to Bedford Village in New York’s Westchester County. Bob loved animals and, as a boy, he had a job at a dog kennel that raised Corgis.

​As a teenager, Bob got his first glimpse of Barbara Reynolds, who lived nearby in Mt. Kisco. When a mutual friend urged Bob to ask Barbara out on a double date, he resisted. He thought she was too “bookish.” But by the time he left high school to join the Marine Corps, they had become close. When Barbara went to college, they continued writing to each other during his service. In the USMC he became a lance corporal and, later, was an active member of the VFW.

After he left the Marines, Bob and Barbara picked up where they had left off. They were married in Mt. Kisco in 1966, and settled in Jamaica, Queens. That same year, Bob began working for United Airlines. He worked at JFK and LaGuardia airports as everything from a passenger agent to a Sky Cap. During those years, Bob and Barbara traveled to Scandinavia, Rome and Athens.

​In 1978, the Nelsons welcomed a son, Christopher. Bob adored and grew to admire Chris, and must have saved every card and letter his son ever gave him. If Chris scribbled his signature on something, Bob cut it out and saved it. He also wrote odes to his boy, tucking them away in this desk.

​They moved to Pelham Manor in 1980, and Bob retired from United in 1998. In retirement, he appeared as an extra or a driver in several Hollywood movies shot in New York, including “Catch Me If You Can.” Bob was also a volunteer firefighter for five years with the Pelham Manor FD.

​​Bob was MAD about cars and rarely met a motor he didn’t love. He collected dozens of real and model cars over the years, and until recently could be seen rumbling around Pelham in his WW II Jeep, his Mercedes Kompressor sports car or his aging Chevy Caprice. And then there was his orange VW Thing. Most striking was the sight of Bob zipping by on his Italian Vespa scooter.

​His childhood love of Corgis never left him. The Nelsons had a succession of them over the years. And despite his extreme allergy to cats, he supported Barbara in her volunteer work of fostering rescue cats for the New Rochelle animal shelter.

Like everybody, Bob Nelson was multi-faceted. Social and outgoing, he enjoyed making people laugh and was a somewhat compulsive practical joker. He will also be remembered as a man of integrity, and someone who was kind and generous to his many friends.

​Bob is survived by Barbara, his wife of 54 years, and his son, Christopher of Grand Junction, Colorado. He also leaves a half-sister, Terry Brown Woods, of Reno, Nevada; and a half-sister, Elizabeth Suzan Nelson Heithaus, of Jupiter, Florida. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Rick. Bob will rest in a family plot in Arlington, Vermont.

Today’s Lections from Holy Scripture

 Old Testament Reading Read by Victor Borsella
[The Lord is good to those who wait for him]
Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-33
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. For the Lord will not cast off for ever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the sons of men.

Psalm 42:1-7 Read by Debra Reynolds

1. As the deer longs for the water-brooks, *
so longs my soul for you, O God.

2. My soul is athirst for God,
athirst for the living God; *
when shall I come to appear
before the presence of God?

3. My tears have been my food day and night, *
while all the day long they say to me,
“Where now is your God?”

4. I pour out my soul when I think on these things; *
how I went with the multitude and led them into the
house of God.

5. With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, *
among those who keep holy-day.

6. Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? *
and why are you so disquieted within me?

7. Put your trust in God; *
for I will yet give thanks to him,
who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Epistle Read by Linda Gerra
[Things that are unseen are eternal]
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9

We do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling, so that by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.

[All that the Father gives me will come to me]
John 6:37-40
Jesus said to the people, “All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Today’s Music
The following pre-recorded musical selections will be offered by our full choir:

Hymn: “Morning Has Broken”
Words: Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965), alt.
BUNESSAN, 1831; Gaelic melody; harm. Alec Wyton (1921-2007)
Text copyright © the Estate of Eleanor Farjeon.
Harmonization copyright © 1982 by Church Publishing Inc. All rights reserved.
Licensed under A-713125.
Performed by Tonna Miller Vallés, Jann Degnan, Jeffrey Hoffman, and Simon Cram, professional choristers;
with members of the parish choir Jeff Bodenmann, Linda Gerra, Mboti (Missy) Kisob, and Margaret Young;
Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music.
Recording, photography, and video production by Jeffrey Hoffman with assistance from Jabea Kisob.
This presentation copyright © 2021 by the Parish of Christ the Redeemer (Christ Church), Pelham, New York.
All rights reserved.

Hymn: “I am the Bread of Life”
Words: Suzanne Toolan, RSM (b. 1927); adapted from John 6.
I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE, Suzanne Toolan, RSM (b. 1927); choral arrangement by Betty Pulkingham (1928-2019).
Text and music © 1966 by GIA Publications, Inc.
Licensed under A-713125.
Organ improvisation and virtual harp and carillon arrangement by Jeffrey Hoffman. Copyright © 2021. Used with permission.
Sung by sopranos Lynelle Jonsson & Laurelyn Watson Chase, mezzo-soprano Jann Degnan, tenors Jeffrey Hoffman & Douglas Purcell, and bass-baritone Simon Cram;
with members of the Christ Church parish choir Jeff Bodenmann, Linda Gerra, Barbara Nelson,
and Margaret Young; with special thanks to virtual congregation participants Noah Agerberg, Simon Agerberg, Chisara Alimole, Ozichi Alimole, Claire Allen,
Angela Barone, Allison Bodenmann, Sandy Dunn, Jean Gruener, Diane Hayduk, Carol Ipsen, James Kenworthy, Marie Main, Arianna Mable,
Madison Mable, Liam Mead, Matthew Hoxsie Mead, Nicolas Mead, Walter Roberts, Tom Salvatore, Sarabeth Weeks, and Bruce Weis.
Recorded at Christ Church in Pelham, New York, March 2021, in compliance with state and diocesan COVID-190 guidelines.
Jeffrey Hoffman, organist & director of music, recordist and producer.
This presentation copyright © 2021 by the Parish of Christ the Redeemer (Christ Church), Pelham, New York.
All rights reserved.

Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Words: John Newton (1725-1807), alt.; last verse, John Rees (19th cent.)
Music: NEW BRITAIN, from Virginia Harmony, 1831; adapt. att. Edwin Othello Excell (1851-1921); Public Domain.
First, fourth and fifth verses harmonized and arranged by Jeffrey Hoffman (b. 1970), copyright © 2020. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Second and third verse harmonization by Eric Routley (1917-1982). Copyright © 1985 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission from the publisher.
This presentation copyright © 2020 by the Parish of Christ the Redeemer (Christ Church), Pelham, New York. All rights reserved.

Before the service begins, the organist will play the following selections in prelude: Chorale-Preludes on “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” (“I cry to thee, Lord Jesus Christ”), BWV 639, “Sheep may safely graze,” BWV 208, and “Christ lag in Todesbanden” (“Christ Jesus lay in Death’s strong bands”), BWV 625 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

The organ voluntary following the dismissal will be an Improvisation on the song “Unforgettable” by Irving Gordon (1915-1996).

Jeffrey Hoffman is the organist for today’s liturgy. 


May 16, 2021 is the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Beginning this Sunday, May 16, 2021 — Fully Vaccinated Clergy & Readers will be permitted to remove their masks when reading lessons, preaching, or leading worship indoors.  Masks are required otherwise for indoor worship.  

Today is the Seventh Sunday of Eastertide.
The Church celebrates the resurrection with a feast of fifty days. On Fridays in Eastertide special acts of discipline and self-denial commemorating the crucifixion of the Lord are not practiced. “Alleluia” is said or sung repeatedly during our liturgy. The Paschal Candle burns throughout Eastertide. The central Christian belief is that Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead. In our worship this is not a past or an abstract reality. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is remembered and made present in our worship and in our common life. “Jesus Christ, yesterday and today, the Beginning and End, Alpha and Omega. His are all times and ages. To him be glory and dominion through all eternity.” “Easter” is the English language name for the Sunday of the Resurrection. In most languages, the given name is some form of the word “Passover.” Easter celebrates the “Passover” of Jesus from death to life.

Last Week was Episcopal Charities Sunday.
Share your blessings with others who probably had a harder year than most. Episcopal Charities supports 62 feeding programs throughout the diocese, and as we know more people are going hungry during the pandemic than before.  You can make a donation to Episcopal Charities HERE or by texting SUNDAY to 91999. You’ll be brought to a secure donation form, where it will only take about a minute to make a real impact. Visit for more info.

Today’s In Person Worship

  • Every Sunday at 8am the Eucharist (Rite 1) is celebrated in the Church.  The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 323, and includes 2 pre-recorded hymns, and lasts about 45 minutes. Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
  • Every Sunday at 10am the Eucharist (Rite 2) is celebrated in the Church. The service is from the red Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 355.  See below for detailed music information.  The service lasts about an hour.  Weather permitting coffee and tea are available in Garden afterwards.
  • Please review these Guidelines before attending worship at Christ Church.

Today’s Live-Stream Worship & Sermon Archives

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Today’s Propers (Collect & Lections from Holy Scripture)

The Collect

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The First Lesson
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus– for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry. So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us– one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.

The Response
Psalm 1

Beatus vir qui non abiit

1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, *
nor lingered in the way of sinners,
nor sat in the seats of the scornful!
2 Their delight is in the law of the Lord, *
and they meditate on his law day and night.
3 They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper.
4 It is not so with the wicked; *
they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, *
nor the sinner in the council of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, *
but the way of the wicked is doomed.

The Epistle
1 John 5:9-13

If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

The Gospel
John 17:6-19

Jesus prayed for his disciples, “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

Today’s Music
At the 8am and 10am services, the following recorded hymns and anthems will be offered by our full choir:
Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!

Anthem: The Easter Song of Praise, by Richard Shephard (b. 1949)
Sing, choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing!
Around God’s throne exult in harmony!
Now Jesus Christ is risen from the grave!
Salute your King in glorious symphony!

Sing, choirs of earth! Behold, your light has come!
The glory of the Lord shines radiantly!
Lift up your hearts, for Christ has conquered death!
The night is past; the day of life is here!

Sing, Church of God! Exult with joy outpoured!
The gospel trumpets tell of victory won!
Your Savior lives: he’s with you evermore!
Let all God’s people shout the long Amen!

Words from The Easter Proclamation, metrical form, Common Worship.
Words copyright © 1984, 1986 The Central Board of Finance of the Church of England; The Archbishops’ Council, 1999.
Music copyright © 1988 by The Royal School of Church Music; GIA Publications, Inc., agent in North America. All rights reserved.
Licensed under A-713125.

Choral Benediction: Peace I leave with you, by Jeffrey Hoffman (b. 1970)
featuring Laurelyn Watson Chase, soprano soloist

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
— John 14: 27, authorized version of 1611 (KJV)

Music © copyright 2016. Used with permission.


At the 10am Service the following music selections will be offered  live by Jeffrey Hoffman, organist and choir director, and soprano Laurelyn Watson Chase, our soloist, on Sunday morning:

Organ prelude: IX. Voluntary in G major from Ten Voluntaries, Op. VII by John Stanley (1712-1786)

At the offertory, solo: Air: I know that my Redeemer liveth from Messiah by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.
For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first-fruits of them that sleep.
— Job 19: 25-26; 1 Corinthians 15: 20, authorized version of 1611 (KJV)

At the communion, hymn: O Lord most high, eternal King

O Lord Most High, eternal King,
by thee redeemed thy praise we sing.
The bonds of death are burst by thee,
and grace has won the victory.

Ascending to the Father’s throne
thou claim’st the kingdom as thine own;
and angels wonder when they see
how changed is our humanity.

Be thou our joy, O Mighty Lord,
as thou wilt be our great reward;
let all our glory be in thee
both now and through eternity.

O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
all praise to thee let earth accord,
who art, while endless ages run,
with Father and with Spirit, One.

Words: Medieval Latin; sts. 1-3, tr. F. Bland Tucker (1895-1984); st. 4, tr. Benjamin Webb (1819-1885)
Music: Gonfalon Royal, Percy Carter Buck (1871-1947).
Words copyright © 1985 by Church Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted under A-713125.
Music published 1918 by Oxford University Press. Public Domain in the United States.

Organ voluntary: Chorale Prelude on “Gelobt sei Gott” by Healey Willan (1880–1968)
Ye sons and daughters of the King
Whom heavenly hosts in glory sing,
Today the grave has lost its sting:
Music copyright © 1950 by Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Licensed under A-713125.

Parish Prayer List

Please note that names are listed alphabetically by last name of the person being prayed for (if it is known).  We do not list last names for privacy reasons. For pastoral emergencies call or text one of the clergy: Father Matt (914.471.0260),  Deacon Katie Lawrence (914.589.1628), Deacon Chisara Alimole (914.338.5194), or call the parish office (914.738.5515) .  If you have any updates (birthdays, prayers additions, etc., please let us know.) Please submit names you wish to be included by Tuesday morning, to Marie at:

Our prayers are asked especially for: Marion, Shane, Rosemary, Rob, Marcia, Mike, Anne, Ginny, Beverly, Barbara, Mary, Ralph, Jed, Didi, Sammy, Ryan, Monica, Rebecca, Janet, Amina, Alexia Grace, Alison, John, Emma, Hildy, Jason, Yen, Susan, Sue, Xandra, Sigi, Joyce, Julie, Scott, Sherrie, Michelle, James, Karen, Lisa, Laurelyn, Rob, Drue, Rob, Bill, Andrea, Sue,  Lael, M & D, Sandy,  and Katie.

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week and in the coming week:  Grace Bodenmann (May 12), Linda Gerra (May 12), Annette Wiggins (May 12), Nicholas Mead (May 13), Kevin Alexander (May 14), Jack Kaufmann (May 14), Jabea Kisob (May 14), Kate Zambelli (May 14), J.D. Calder (May 17), Drue Weild (May 17), and Ashley Dolan (May 20).

We give thanks for The Rev. Deacon Chisara Alimole on the 4th anniversary of her Ordination to the Diaconate (May 13).

And we give thanks for the 26th Anniversary of Michael Fawcett and Michael Moynihan (May 16).

We pray for those in our Armed Services especially: Joseph, Kevin, Jack, Leopold, Philip, Jake, Matthew, Robert, Philip-Jason,  Nicholas, Sam, Jack, Helen, Mitchel, Tia, Tyrese, and Terrence.

We pray that all elected and appointed officials may be led to wise decisions and right actions for the welfare and peace of the world, especially Joseph our President and Andrew our Governor.  Grant our nation peace and help us to work together with mutual forbearance and respect.

Our prayers are asked for all medical professionals and staff, for those working towards treatment and a cure for Covid-19, for all first responders and for all providing care during this pandemic, especially: Russ, Jordan, Anna, Nicholas, Amy, Kristine, Jaazmeen, Jennifer, Toni, Peter, Charles, Christine, Sean, Katie, Naima,  Sandra, Jim, Claire, Novelette, and Karis.

We remember and pray for the more than half-million Americans who have died from COVID-19, and we pray also for all who mourn.

We pray for those who have died, especially Amy Archbald (May 4),  Patrick Marinello (May 7), Tom Hoxsie (May 9), and Bob Weeks on the 5th anniversary of his death (May 10).

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord

And let light perpetual shine upon them.


May their souls and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God,

rest in peace.  Amen


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