Tune In…

Posted in General at 9:04 am by Karyn

The family here in Philadelphia invites family and friends far and near to “tune in” with their internet connection to participate in the Memorial Service for Al.

Starting just prior to 2 PM (EST) we will begin streaming live from New Covenant Church in Philadelphia (the site of the Memorial Service). At that time (please wait until just before 2pm to connect), you can click on the link below and a new window will pop up with the webcast. If access gets overwhelmed and you are not able to connect, we will still make available the recording of the service later this week.

Memorial Service for Al Groves
Saturday, Feb 10, 2 PM (EST)
Live Streaming Webcast
Click Here

For best audio, move the slider to just behind the download feed. This will eliminate any “choppy” audio.

We will post a copy of the service bulletin as soon as we can (we are sorry that we did not have that in time for the service).

UPDATE NOTE: There were over 400 computers (many representing multiple people) accessing the webcast. We are so thankful that you were able to participate in remembering Al along with those in Philadelphia. An archive of the broadcast will be made available online later this week.


  1. Phil Stebbins said,

    February 10, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    thanks so much for doing this. I feel honored to be allowed to participate.
    Al and Libby and their children have been such an incredible witness.
    Our prayers are with you all.


    Phil & Linda Stebbins

  2. henrrietta said,

    February 10, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Much love to you all. May you be comforted by the great comforter

  3. Phil Stebbins said,

    February 10, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Could you please display the bulletin and Al’s letter for those of us who couldn’t make it to Philadelphia?


  4. Samuel Arnet said,

    February 10, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. (Col 2:5)

    Thank you for transmitting the Memorial Service. How encouraging this was!


  5. George Oommen said,

    February 10, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you very much for the live webstream.

    It was a blessing.

    George, Sheena and Freda Oommen

  6. The Withrows said,

    February 10, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you for providing this. We celebrated Al with you from Birmingham, AL.

  7. Mardel said,

    February 10, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Libby, Alden, Eown, Becky, Allister and Lauren,

    I caught the very end of Angelo’s prayer and watched all of you walk back the isle. My heart is breaking for you but I KNOW the Comforter is with you….remember our Savior’s words, “It is for your
    GOOD that I am going away…” May you sense HIS presence in you and with you more than you ever have! We love you all and hurt to be with you in this time! George, Mardel, Jalen, Gavin and Owen

  8. Jeff and Nina McRobbie said,

    February 10, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    We also watched from Africa…in our kitchen with another WTS grad. Thanks so much for making it possible for us to be a part. We were able to cry, laugh and share stories together. Praise God for all He has done and is doing through the Groves family.
    Much love in Christ,
    Jeff and Nina

  9. Sutton Bogedain said,

    February 10, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    I have never been so blessed by a “funeral”. What a celebration! God be praised! If there is a way to keep a copy of the video, please let me know. I have distressed friends to need to see this. What Gospel. What grace. What a Saviour. Thank you for letting me be a part of it from home.
    To Libby and the family, I had not seen your Al for nearly twenty years when I happened to be on campus last summer. I was not a significant part of his life ‘back in the day’ and I’ve put on a few pounds since then. Lost some hair, too. But Al took one look at me and greeted me like we hadn’t been apart and was glad to see me again. I will never forget that small token of caring. You have been blessed. So greatly blessed. When things calm down a bit, I’ll come by to greet you personally.
    Thanks again.

  10. Eep & Arendjan said,

    February 10, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    We can only do this in Dutch:

    Libbie en familie,
    we hebben heel intens alles meegemaakt en jullie verdriet en vreugde van ´dichtbij´ mogen ervaren. Het was troostrijk, bemoedigend en het was ook helemaal Alan!

    Gods zegen,

    Eep, Arendjan

  11. Caleb Weiler said,

    February 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm


    Hey I am really sorry to hear about what happened to your dad. In 1996 my mom had a little girl but she died 12 hours after birth, and I know death is a hard thing to deal with. My prayers are with you.

    Caleb Weiler

  12. hmola said,

    February 10, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    HI Libbie,
    I attended the service today and was so blessed by the worship and the thoughtful and loving words from all your children, relatives and friends. Pete and I are praying for you and your beautiful family.

  13. Thomas Mak said,

    February 10, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    I attended the service today. One thing I felt regret was that I did not bring tissue. But they are tears of joy from your testimonies. We will continue to remember your in our prayer.

  14. Philip & Christine Fisher, Phoenix, Arizona said,

    February 10, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Dear Libbie, Alasdair, Rebeckah, Eowyn, Lauren, Alden,
    Thank you for sharing with all those near and far what our mighty God has done. We too were present with you this afternoon for the service as we watched from our home here in Phoenix, Arizona. Thank you for providing the live webstream; the service was truly a blessing and encouragement.

    Our memories of New Life go back many years (to 1982); we have so many fond memories of God’s lavish grace that we experienced and witnessed in the lives of others over all these years. It has been a privilege and blessing to have known you while we lived in Pennsylvania.

    May all of us be captivated in increasing measure by the glory of God. His glory has been on display in your lives, may it continue to shine in and through all of us.


    To all of our dear New Life Friends: It was a blessing to see many of you while we watched the webstream and when we read your comments on the blog. We miss you. Our sense of community with you continues even though we are 2400 miles away. It is an encouragement to us to experience the continued bonds of friendship and God’s ministry through you. Your lives continue to impact us here. To God alone belongs all the glory! Blessings,
    Philip and Christine Fisher
    5032 South Marigold Way, Gilbert, AZ 85297

  15. Linda Blakeman said,

    February 10, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    To Webmasters:

    Thank you for enabling me/us to attend Al’s Memorial Worship Service online.
    It meant a great deal. Seeing Libbie, Alasdair, Becky, Eowyn, and Alden sing together was a highlight. Their testimonials were an inspiration as they continue to follow in their father’s footsteps and lead us to Jesus. To God be the glory!

    P.S. FYI- My stream froze with Safari but Firefox worked just fine.

  16. Natalie Carley said,

    February 10, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Dear Libby, Alasdair, Lauren, Becky, Éowyn and Alden,
    I praise God for Al, even more now having heard all the testimonies. I am so grateful internet was installed in my new home in time to participate in the service via the webstream, and to feel a part of the WTS community again. I sat glued to my chair in front of the computer for the entire 2hrs and 10 minutes–and didn’t want it to end! I too, would like to know if the video will be available, because it was such a shining witness of Jesus. I continue to pray for you all.
    Sending cyberspace hugs,
    and much love,

  17. JOHN GROVES said,

    February 10, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Dearest Libbie,
    I am heartbroken and so sorry that due to circumstances I was not able to view the services. I know that they will be available on a cast later this week, however I don’t know if I will be able to see the cast. My Dad was not available for the webcast either. Can I get a DVD or is there a way to download it. I want to view this with my Dad, as he is the binding point to me of the family,to share reflections.
    The men’s breakfast this morning had a guest speaker, Harry Salem, and he titled the lesson, “when failure is not an option.” He referenced “The christmas story” where Ralphie wanted the “red rider” bb gun…you know the story. Anyway when Ralphie’s Father asked him if he got everything he wanted for Christmas, he said “ALMOST”. Then his Father said “maybe next year”. Then his Father said “what is that over there behind the desk?” We all know what it was. The “red rider double action bb gun”. The look on the Father’s face knowing that Ralphie got everything he wanted was pure pleasure.
    What Brother Salem was sharing was this; When we stand before the Father, and HE asks?, Did we get everything we wanted , are we going to say “Almost”!?!
    And when we stand before the father, and we say; “Father , I did a good job and I followed you, did I do everything you wanted me to? .. Will HE say “ALMOST!”

    I TRULY believe that Alan accomplished everything the Father had set before him and that Alan recieved everything that he could get. There was never an “ALMOST”, in anything Alan did for God.

    I just wanted to share that. By the way, that was first men’s fellowship breakfast meeting I have attended. I now know why.

    With Great Love,

  18. Steve Hailstone said,

    February 10, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you Libbie for making this available today. What a blessing! My prayers are with you.


  19. Robert said,

    February 10, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    Dear friends,

    Some of us couldn’t view the web cast. Please do consider putting the recording/video online.

  20. Lona DeHeer said,

    February 10, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Dearest, Sweet Libby, may that beautiful smile never leave your precious face. Your countenance of joy and peace are always a breath of fresh air and an encouragement to those around you, never more so than today. Keep smiling as your sweet savior smiles on you.
    Alasdair, first born son, you have followed in your dad’s footsteps and every time he looked back he was overcome with such joy. Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus and you will continue to follow in your dad’s footsteps.
    Brave Rebeckah, thank you for your words today, your dad’s courage and strength are in you, both his and your heavenly Father’s will be with you always.
    Eowyn, your dad was referred to today as “salt of the earth”, you are that same salt and light to your friends and your family. It will be your hands and feet, the daughter of J. Alan Groves, that will change people for Jesus. Alden, so much your dad’s son, delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart – just make sure they are righteous:) Persevere young man, you have great character.

    There are many who say and have said that Al Groves was one of the most humble men they have ever met. They would argue he was not a proud man. Well, we as sinners do not have anything to be proud of except for Christ. I would argue however, that Al had much to be proud of – though I know he would not see it as I do, but then, as Michael so aptly put it, “he is not like me”. Libby, Alasdair, Rebekah, Eowyn and Alden, your father was proud – proud of each of you and pleased to such radiant joy in watching each of you grow and walk with Jesus. You are his legacy and something he can be proud of. We love you, we thank you, our prayers are with you.

    for all of us DeHeers

  21. Rick said,

    February 10, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Libby and kids….just some thoughts about Al

    My brother was not around for most of my life but Al was, and he has made it difficult for anyone else interested in the position. Top ten examples:
    1. He believed in my three point shot.
    2. He never failed to encourage me in every way; leading worship, preaching, teaching and a bunch of other feeble efforts.
    3. He thought my kids and my grandkids were wonderful.
    4. He was interested in what I did in life, what I had accomplished, and was, in a way I never could believe, proud of me.
    5. He always made me feel like his peer even though I knew it couldn’t be true.
    6. He prayed for me, I knew it and he didn’t have to tell me.
    7. He taught me to love the Psalms – and respected honest questions.
    8. No one ever got more joy out of a good pass than him.
    9. He was willing to tell me the truth, in love.
    10. He knew Jesus. personally. and loved to tell me about it.

    Thanks for today

  22. Carol and Daryl VanDyken said,

    February 10, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Dear Libby,

    We watched the service with my parents from here in South Africa. What a rich privilege technology provides!

    What a wonderful thing to be able to conduct a service like this in such hope, joy and thankfulness. I loved your idea of wearing black with a splash of color. Your children are a testimony to you and Al’s faithfulness as parents and to our covenant God over the years.

    Our prayers and love are with you in the coming days.
    With love, Carol and Daryl.

  23. Rev. Frantz St.Iago-Peretz said,

    February 11, 2007 at 12:28 am


    Barukh Dayan Emet.

    It is with so much sorrow that I just found out about Brother Al. My brief exchanges of communication with him on Hebrew and other related subjects were always a blessing. We all are in great debt for his contribution to the study of the Hebrew Bible. Blessed is the Name of the L’d who blessed us with the service of his servant, a man that touched with his scholarship so many lives, even of so many he did not know.
    Blessed be the L’d, who will send the Messiah again and in that day we all will meet again.
    May the L’d in His Grace empower Brother Al’s family with the strength and peace they need today and each day.
    Shalom uvrakha!

    Pastor Frantz

  24. Stafford Carson said,

    February 11, 2007 at 4:59 am

    Thanks for the opportunity of sharing in the memorial service over the internet. How pleased Al would have been at this happening! It was deeply moving and a totally appropriate way to remember our dear brother and friend. May God sustain and strengthen you, Libbie, as you face the next few weeks particularly.

    Stafford Carson
    Co Armagh
    Northern Ireland

  25. Islandgirl said,

    February 11, 2007 at 4:59 am

    I unfortunately was away from my computer on Saturday, but you and your family were constantly on my mind and in my prayers- I look forward to the availability of the recording of the service later this week.

    Much love always,

  26. Scott Dirksen said,

    February 11, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Hello Groves,

    I am grieving like I have not grieved since I lost my own father 20 yrs ago. This is hard.
    I know you are being carried by the prayers of the saints now-enjoy the taste of what eternal fellowship is like. I am not sure that It get’s more real that this.

    Mercy, and Blessings.

  27. Keallie Wozny said,

    February 11, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    Dear Libbie,
    Steve said Al’s beautiful service was truly a mountaintop experience. I was so disappointed that I was told I should not travel yet, but I was blessed to see much of the service online. With a sporadic connection I missed parts, so I’m looking forward to seeing the whole service when it becomes available.

    Al’s eternal influences were evident! He lived well, and he died well. We were honored to have known him for a time. As Steve said, Psalm 112 could have been written for Al.

    We continue to pray for you all.
    Much love,

  28. Fred said,

    February 11, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Dear Libbie, Alden, Alasdair, & Eowyn,

    I first met your husband and father in the early 80s when we were students at Dropsie. We had a few courses together, in which he was as silent and successful as I was vocal (and struggled).

    After I knew Al better, I found that I could not think of him without remembering this passage from the end of C.S. Lewis’s discussion of “The Great Sin”, nor read it without thinking of him:

    Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intellligent chap who took a real interest in what *you* said to *him*. If you do dislike him it will be because he you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all (Mere Christianity, 114 (italics original)).

    This is why Al was to everyone who knew him as clover to bees, light to eyes, and water to loons–he ministered by being *as Christ* to everyone and, being Christ, was not concerned for himself (and so was most truly himself). He listened and truly heard; he saw deep into our hearts; he laughed, wept, prayed, and so became the grace of God in our lives.

    Thanks for the wonderful service. The view from the balcony was great, and so were all your remarks. Thanks for letting us celebrate and mourn with you.

    A friend once said that English has no word for occasions that are both sad (or solemn) and joyful. Such was yesterday’s service–both and more: it was a ministry of grace.

    By the mercies of Christ,
    Peace and good cheer.


  29. Arian Verheij said,

    February 13, 2007 at 7:24 am

    Dear Libbie and family — thank you so much for
    sharing Al’s memorial service with us over the
    internet. Our very best wishes for the days and
    months ahead.
    Arian, Anneke

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