A Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends,

Remembering ‘The Queen of the World’

“In grief and in profound thanksgiving we come to this House of God, to a place of prayer, to a church where remembrance and hope are sacred duties. Here, where Queen Elizabeth was married and crowned, we gather from across the nation, from the Commonwealth, and from the nations of the world, to mourn our loss, to remember her long life of selfless service, and in sure confidence to commit her to the mercy of God our maker and redeemer.”

 

So began the Funeral Service of the late Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey that, along with an estimated 4 billion people around the world, 25 million on television in the UK, over 1 million who lined the streets of London during the procession and 2,000 invited guests in the Abbey, many of us will have witnessed.

 

The late Queen’s characteristics of loving service, commitment to duty, endurance, steadfastness, along with a wonderful sense of humour, have been remembered by many during the time of mourning since her death on 8th September 2022. In his sermon at the Funeral, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby highlighted her personal faith in God and proclaimed these words:

‘The Servant Queen and the King she serves’, the title of a recent book published for her 90th birthday, was well chosen and describes the late Queen so well. During the latter part of her reign Queen Elizabeth was more overt in her personal faith in God.

This extract from her 2002 Christmas Message illustrates this point well:

“Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God."

Using some words from the Queen’s message during the Covid crisis, Justin Welby’s sermon concluded:

"All who follow the Queen's example and inspiration of trust and faith in God, can with her say: 'We will meet again."' May we be people who follow her example.

 

 

 

God bless,

Andy