The Venerable Douglas Charles Weaver (Doug) passed away on Tuesday 9 January 2018 after a brief illness. He was aged 86.
Doug was deaconed in 1963 and priested in 1964. He began his ministry in the Wellington Diocese as Curate Assistant in the Parish of Christ Church, Wanganui from 1963 to 1967, before taking up the role of Vicar in the Parish of Waverley-Waitotara in 1967. In 1971 he and his family moved to the Hutt Valley where he was Vicar in the Parish of Waiwhetu until 1975. Doug then became Director of Christian Education and Stewardship, a position which he held until 1978 before taking up the role of Vicar in the Parish of Pahiatua until 1984. In 1980, Doug was also appointed Archdeacon for the Wairarapa and held this position until 1991. In 1984 he was appointed Vicar in the Parish of Carterton. From 1988 to 2001, Doug was also a Chaplain for the NZ Police Force. In 1993 he left Carterton and took up the role of Minister for the Parishes of Tinui and St Matthew’s, Masterton for a year.
In 1994 Doug was made an Archdeacon Emeritus and was granted a Permission to Officiate licence. He was also known as one of the people involved in bringing Cursillo to New Zealand.
Please uphold his wife Norma, and their children in your thoughts and prayers at this time.
Doug’s funeral service was held on Friday, 12 January 2018, at 2.00pm at St Mark’s, 185 High Street, Carterton.
Well done good and faithful servant – may he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Below is a Tribute from the Parish of Pahiatua:
This is a tribute to a gentleman who lived his faith –authentically, practically.
Doug was a real West Coaster, a country boy at heart, a great teacher and pastor – who loved white-baiting, playing his squeeze box and smoking his pipe. He had a great sense of humour and his Pastoral care and Parish gatherings were legendary! He had a natural ability to connect with all people and a generous heart – that saw half of Norma’s famed cooking leaving the house before it made the cake tins. Doug always kept a journal – and constantly wrote letters of encouragement – complete with his famous cartoons often of Snoopy. He truly was “Jesus with skin on.”
Doug, Norma and Rosemary Anderson were at a Pastoral Care conference in Brisbane when he saw a flyer for Cursillo – his dedication and commitment to Cursillo in New Zealand began then and continued till he died. Our Cursillo family and diocese have been blessed with Doug’s leadership. It is fitting that his son Paul is now the Diocesan Lay Director of Cursillo in our diocese. As disciples of Jesus may all our lives be lived authentically and practically – may we too be “Jesus with skin on.”
Norma, Guy, Brett and Paul and all your extended families – thank you for sharing this special man with all of us – he taught us so much about family and hospitality. Rest in Peace, Doug.
Below is the Homily that Reverend Andy Eldred read at the funeral service:
A New Heaven and a New Earth Revelation
Rev Doug Weaver
21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[a] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Hear what the Spirit…
I moved to the Wairarapa in 2009 to become Vicar of Greytown. As I visited the people of my parish there was one retired priest’s name that kept popping up as being a significant influence on their Christian faith.
Rev Doug Weaver. Doug was a flame for God in the world. This is not hyperbole, This is fact. When I took over here in the parish of Carterton, Everywhere I looked I could see the lasting impact of Doug’s life and ministry.
People who were facing sad and desperate situations were able to quote something that Doug had told them 20+ years ago that was helping them cope and giving them hope.
Very often I ask people to tell me the stories of their faith journey or had their faith transformed and I will often hear about a time when Doug Weaver was vicar.
There could be no more appropriate passage to Read than this from Revelation, and I’m sure Doug chose this reading, because this passage is one of the most powerful promises that God has given to humanity through the scriptures.
A promise of completeness, Wholeness, The Greek word Telios. To finally Be Enough!
No more sickness, pain or dying, every tear is wiped away…
It is this promise that keeps us Priests moving forward, It’s what Kept Doug holding on through the storms of life and walking with people through their suffering. It was this promise that allowed Doug to face his own suffering with grace and confidence. This promise is what allowed Doug to keep his sense of humour even as he lost his sense of healthiness.
It is this promise of the day when Everything will be made new, Nothing and No One will be left out! That filled Doug with courage and conviction as he preached the Bible and lifted up Jesus week in and week out, as he prayed with those God had entrusted to his care, as he counselled the wayward and confused and comforted the sad and weak.
It was the promise of the New Heaven and New earth, that empowered Doug to Break the Bread of Life and lift the Cup of Salvation Week after Week in every season of his life, for Decades, pouring out the promises of forgiveness and love expressed in the precious Body and blood of Christ.
It was the promise of “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain´ That helped him continue to move forward after the death of his own precious son and empowered him to stand in front of the hundreds and hundreds of funerals leading suffering people through the grief and horror of facing the death of a loved one. It allowed him to Bring Hope and Help through his ministry, of which many of you here have witnessed for yourselves and which is why you are here today, because of the indelible mark of God that you experienced through Doug Weaver’s ministry.
So today we join with all of heaven and rejoice that Doug is finally home! All of the promises that Doug preached and believed in for so long he is now experiencing the total fulfilment of.
But here is the best news of all for each one of us here today…
This reading from Revelation is Not something that will only happen someday in the sweet bye and bye. No Jesus has taught us that, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand!” It’s power and presence is Right here in the nasty now and now!
These powerful promises that drive the ministry of God’s priests is the very heartbeat of God’s Church and something that we can all experience today!
Yes, Even Today!
But only if we allow ourselves in this moment to step outside of our pride and ego, our judgments and our pre-occupations and truly give ourselves permission to stop and be present in this moment and listen from the depths of our hearts….. I invite you to do this right now…. Just Close your eyes and take a deep breath…Just be still…
In This moment, in this sacred space, hear the voice of God that so powerfully resonated through Doug Weaver and the voice that continues to speak as we remember his life, his faith and his loving ministry.
In this moment hear The Voice of the one who is the Alpha and the Omega, outside of time and space, in the eternal Now! This voice that speaks into the centre of your soul and says, “You will never be truly alone! It’s going to be alright. You will always be loved, accepted and forgiven.”
Even in your pain and sadness love is all around you, your God is for you. God not only loves you he really likes you!
Listen today to the voice that says what Doug shared so many times through his sermons… “It doesn’t matter how far away you have ran from God, God is always just one step behind you waiting for you to turn around and stop running from His love. Just turn around and be enfolded by the everlasting arms, just like Jesus’ story of the prodigal son returning to his Father’s love”
The Promise of Revelation teaches us that God desires even today to Make everything new in our lives. Today is the day you can finally come home to God’s love and find healing for your broken heart or troubled soul, Today you can come to where every tear is wiped away.
In my conversations with Doug over the past few months, there has been one topic that always came up, the need to be strong.
To have faith is not to be weak, but to have the strength to be honest about our need to believe.
Each one of us lives by faith every single day, But only Because God has put into each of us the power to believe that there is somehow still enough love in the world, enough good left in the world, enough blessing flowing into the world, that we can go out and do the things we have to do everyday without being afraid.
But still there are many of us who do live in fear, who do find it hard to venture out into world confidently or face bravely the difficult road of suffering we know lies ahead of us. Some of us are finding it hard.
We are given the wonderful promise… “To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Water that will quench your thirst for acceptance and unconditional love.
This Water is always available all we need to do is reach out in faith and receive it.
Rev. Doug Weaver was one of God’s deep and refreshing wells of Living Water. His love and prayers brought refreshment to a dry and thirsty land. His preaching of the word saturated the ground and created a stream that we are still drinking from today.
Perhaps the most wonderful thing we can say is that Doug Weaver was a faithful and loving servant of God, a loving and kind husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal and caring friend, but most importantly he was a dearly beloved Child of God.
Well done Good and faithful servant enter into Joy that has been prepared for you before time began. Welcome home brother, Welcome home!