Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Service of Prayer and Reflection

We shall be holding a Service of Prayer and Reflection for the late Queen Elizabeth II at 6pm on Sunday 18th September. All are welcome to attend.

We all mourn the death of our dear Queen and beloved sovereign. We thank God for so many years of selfless service and wise leadership of our nation. May she rest in peace, may light perpetual shine upon her and may she rise with the saints in glory.

Long live the King.

Our church is open for private prayer. Sunday services are at 9.30am and 11am and we shall remember the Queen and pray for the Royal family at those services.
We have a Book of Condolences which you may also wish to sign.

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‘TEARS AND CELEBRATION’ is a new hymn for the UK and Commonwealth. It is a song of remembrance, assurance, and thanksgiving, giving voice to the hearts and minds of people all over the world following the death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Released by LICC and Bible Society, it features world-renowned mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, and was written by Andy Flannagan with Sam Hargreaves to the well-known tune of ‘Dim Ond Iesu’, best known as the melody to ‘Here is Love Vast as the Ocean’. It can be found on YouTube.

The lyrics, reproduced below, offer words to help people give thanks for the Queen’s life and faith, speak of her powerful example of discipleship, and pray each of us will be able to make a difference through Christ in the same way.

Together, they make up a powerful song that helps us mourn, and invites us to participate in God’s work in all of life as Elizabeth did.

Tears and Celebration
We see tears and celebration,
For this life so dignified,
Bearing thanks and hearts of sadness,
To the God of death and life.
As he takes her to his promise,
Of an audience with the King,
We remember all she gave us,
Wreaths of gratitude we bring.

In these days of change and trial,
Be the rock on which we stand,
When we fear in this new season,
Hold us firmly in your hands.
May we rise to her example,
To be humble, kind and fair,
Swift to pray and slow to anger,
Choosing faith and not despair.

In the midst of coronation,
She once knelt in silent prayer,
Oil was poured in Christ’s commission,
Called to lead her people there.
May we know that same anointing,
Move in royal authority,
Then speak liberty and healing,
To a world in need of peace.

Lord forgive, when pride and envy,
Leave our nation bruised and stained,
Turn us back towards our calling,
To make your name great again.
May we rise above divisions,
Lord, our brokenness we bring,
That a more united kingdom,
Would give glory to the King.

When our days are at their dimming,
And our work on earth is done,
May we hear as does our sovereign,
“Faithful servant, welcome home.”
May we rise with Christ to witness,
A new heav’n and earth displayed,
Ours a robe that will not tarnish,
Hers a crown that will not fade.