Are You Prepared to Die

The other day the sermon at St. Philip’s Episcopal church was given by Jerry Holder. Jerry has been in the Frisco community for years and is a strong leader within the Frisco business community.  He has served on several boards and commissions and given of himself both financially and personally. It was inspiring to be in the audience as he told his story of battling through pancreatic cancer.


On the day he learned that he would begin his battle with cancer he met the Senior Pastor of St. Philip’s, Fr. Clay Lein, for lunch. When Jerry told Fr. Clay of the diagnosis he had just received, Clay asked him a difficult question:  "Jerry, are you prepared to die?".

That question is the basis of the talk Jerry gave to our congregation. It made such an impression on me that I would like to offer you the opportunity of hearing it. Listen especially for his description of the history of his operations and what was left on his chest.


Among the congregation that morning were several visitors to our church:  Frisco City Manager George Purefoy and his wife Debra; Frisco City Councilman David Prince; current Frisco Mayor Maher Maso and his wife, Val; former Frisco
Mayor Mike Simpson and his wife, Sandy; DBU’s John Lineberger; Sharon Weinberger, Jenny Orndorf-McGee from the Southland Conference and Nancy Windham from Frisco Economic Development Corporation. They heard that Jerry was speaking that morning and all were on hand to celebrate and support him as he told his story.


We are strengthened and encouraged by our faith every day and know that there is something bigger going on with our lives……that we are here for a specific reason.

I hope you’ll listen to the sermon and find as much joy in it as I did. I look forward to your comments.

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