Craig Worley was an elder candidate at our Naperville church plant, Cross of Christ Fellowship, and a dear brother and friend to me. He passed away this week.
Here is a passage of Scripture, an obituary of his life that his daughter wrote, and information about his memorial and funeral service.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19)
Craig once said that reading fiction made him happy, but reading Scripture brought him joy. It was this joy that taught him how to be rooted and established in the love of Christ. He understood the power that came from bringing all the Lord’s holy people together in community and fellowship, for encouragement and discipleship. To know Craig was to feel the width and length and height and depth of his love for Christ and all His people. What we grieve at his passing is for our loss alone. But we can rejoice in the knowledge that Craig is now filled to the measure with all the fullness of God and able to walk in His presence.
After a mercifully short battle with glioblastoma, Craig went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at 7:33 am. Craig (dob 5-7-64) was survived by his loving wife, Michelle M. Worley (Naperville, IL), his mother Myra Worley (Holiday, FL), his four daughters Michelle Sieburg (Peter), Cheryl Lowery (William), Elizabeth Worley (Ashlee), and Hannah Pospisil (Thomas), his 4 grandsons Aram, Ethan, Craig and Clayton, and his 3 siblings Ronald A Worley (Linda) of Navarre FL, Gary E. Worley (Marcy) of Ridgefield, CT and Linda L Worley (Dana) of Vermillion, OH. He was preceded in death by his Father, William Worley (Holiday, FL).
A celebration of life service will be held at New Covenant Church in Naperville, IL (1 Bunting Ln) on Saturday June 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm. (Here is text for the sermon preached at his service). He will be buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL on July 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm. A brief wake will be held at Dobies Funeral Home, 4910 Bartelt Road, Holiday FL 34690 on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 6-8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers the family would love for you to make a donation in Craig’s name to the American Brain Tumor Association, www.abta.org.
UPDATE: Here’s the audio for the sermon preached at Craig’s Celebration of Life Service.