The Light on the Hill

Ric Sibley Funeral

Ric’s funeral will be held at Brougham Place Uniting Church, 193 Brougham Place, North Adelaide on Friday 28 October at 2pm. Afternoon tea will be served afterwards in the church hall.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Brougham Place Uniting Church Building Fund online at or after the service.

The funeral will also be live-streamed on YouTube below (Direct link to YouTube)

Order of Service

The Order of Service follows below.

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A Service of Thanksgiving

for the life of

Ric (Cedric) Evan Sibley

31 October 1938 ~ 19 October 2022

Brougham Place Uniting Church

Officiating Ministers
Revs Jenni & John Hughes
Rev Dr Gillies Ambler
28 October 2022

God moves in a mysterious way,
God’s wonders to perform.

William Cowper 1731—1800

Prelude Accompanied With Photos


Acknowledgement of Country


As we gather in community and hope,
may God be with you.
And also with you.

Scripture Sentence

Opening Prayer

We Sing The Great Love of God

  1. The great love of God
    is revealed in the Son,
    who came to this earth
    to redeem everyone.

  2. That love, like a stream
    flowing clear to the sea,
    makes clean every heart
    that from sin would be free.

  3. It binds the whole world,
    every barrier it breaks,
    the hills it lays low,
    and the mountains it shakes.

  4. It’s yours, it is ours,
    O how lavishly giv’n!
    the pearl of great price,
    and the treasure of heav’n.

Words by DT Niles 1908-1970. Arrangement by C. Vijay by permission the Christian Conference of Asia. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

A Tribute to Ric Sibley

Scripture Reading: Romans 8: 35, 37—39

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Gospel of Christ, Light of the World.
Thanks be to God.

We Sing Love Divine

  1. Love divine, all loves excelling,
    joy of heaven, to earth come down,
    fix in us thy humble dwelling,
    all thy faithful mercies crown:
    Jesus, thou art all compassion,
    pure unbounded love thou art;
    visit us with thy salvation,
    enter every trembling heart.

  2. Come, almighty to deliver,
    let us all thy life receive;
    suddenly return, and never,
    never more thy temples leave:
    thee we would be always blessing,
    serve thee as thy hosts above,
    pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
    glory in thy perfect love.

  3. Finish then thy new creation,
    pure and spotless let us be,
    let us see thy great salvation,
    perfectly restored in thee:
    changed from glory into glory,
    till in heaven we take our place,
    till we cast our crowns before thee,
    lost in wonder, love and praise.

Charles Wesley 1707-88 alt. Public Domain.

Reflection: The Power of Love—God’s Love and Ours

Heartfelt Prayers

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins,

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

Poem: Go Softly With Our Love


Musical Reflection: Love Wills Love

The Committal

We Sing Father in Heaven

  1. Father in heaven,
    grant to your children
    mercy and blessing,
    songs never ceasing,
    love to unite us,
    grace to redeem us –
    Father in heaven,
    Father our God.

  2. Jesus, Redeemer,
    may we remember
    your gracious passion,
    your resurrection.
    Worship we bring you,
    praise we shall sing you –
    Jesus, Redeemer,
    Jesus our Lord.

  3. Spirit descending
    whose is the blessing,
    strength for the weary,
    help for the needy;
    make us your temple,
    born a new people –
    Spirit descending,
    Spirit adored.

Daniel Thambyrajah Niles 1908-70 alt Words © D. T. Niles by permission the Christian Conference of Asia. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License #A‑604444.

Celtic Blessing


Postlude Accompanied With Photos

Following our thanksgiving service for Ric Sibley today, please join Ric’s family for light refreshments in the church hall downstairs.