Celebratory Evening Prayer.
Church News | Tuesday, 14 June 2016 |
What an amazing Sunday we had celebrating the Queens official 90th Birthday. Revd Carolyn’s sermons for each of the Sunday services concentrated on the devotion, loyalty and dedication shown by the Queen throughout all the years of her service to our wonderful country. At our special Evening Prayer Revd Carolyn, reminded us of the old saying that some people are born great, some achieve greatness and some people have greatness thrust upon them and that the Queen was of the latter, for although she was born into royalty, in the normal scheme of things she would in no way have ever believed that one day she would become Queen of England and the Commonwealth and reign for so many years. We were also reminded that Queen Elizabeth has always remained true to her Christian faith, attends church every week and is said to say prayers daily.
The service began with that wonderful rousing hymn ‘I vow to thee my country’ written by Sir Cecil Spring Rice, the service proceeded as does our usual evening prayer but with the choir singing the responsive ‘Laudate Dominum’, following the Old Testament reading the choir sang ‘The Magnificat’. After prayers some sung and some beautifully read by our Reader Dianna, the special Collect that was written for the Queen’s 90th birthday was read. Later we sang ‘Lord for the Years', and ‘Jerusalem’ before the Sermon that was delivered by Revd Carolyn. Veering away from the norm on this special occasion the Puppet Crew delighted us with a 1920's medley, which was felt would delight the queen especially as she made a special appearance joining in with the tunes. The 'queen' stayed of course while we all stood to sing the full version of the National Anthem and speak the shared Grace before wending our weary but happy way home. Just wonderful!