It is with great sadness that we learnt on Thursday evening of the passing of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. She will be greatly missed not just in our own nation but throughout the world. Her commitment to service based on her strong Christian faith has been an example to us all and enabled her to be the strong focus for our country for over seventy years. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
We have set up a Book of Condolence in the church, which will remain open during daylight hours for private prayer, the lighting of candles and leaving floral tributes.
For personal prayer and reflection, you can find appropriate passages of Scripture in our service sheet for Sunday, and the words below.
Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that we are made in your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life of our late Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth, for the love she received from you and showed among us. Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with your servant Elizabeth that clearer vision promised to us in the same Christ our Lord; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.