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THURSDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2022

 

We come together on this day in sadness but also in thanksgiving. Sadness because we have lost a remarkable and inspiring Monarch but also to say thank you to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 and for all she gave of herself to her family, friends, to our United Kingdom and to many parts of the world. On 6th February 1952, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor became Queen with arrangements being made almost immediately for Her Coronation. There were new coins to be minted, new stamps to print and new Coronation robes to be made. But the young Queen also needed to prepare herself spiritually and emotionally for this huge transformation in her life. This was overseen by the then Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher. To help the Queen to prepare for her new role, he wrote a little book of Private devotions – short daily meditations with bible readings and prayers. He gave this to the Queen and asked her to use it from 1st May 1953 to the day of her Coronation. These 33 days of devotions give us an insight into the personal  preparations the Queen made for her role as Sovereign. The focus of the Devotions is the deep symbolism of the Coronation ceremony, rooted of course in the Bible – the best selling book of all time. The Archbishop highlighted the different stages in the ceremony. The procession into Westminster Abbey, the Oaths, the giving of the Bible, the Communion Service, the Anointing with Oil, the Blessing and clothing with Royal Robes, the presentation of the symbols of royalty including the orb, sceptre and crown, then the blessing of the Duke of Edinburgh and prayers for the Church.

 

The first words Archbishop Fisher gave the Queen to consider in her devotions were these: The whole life is a journey to God. In its course are many lesser journeys taken for many different reasons. Sometimes the Bible records special journeys undertaken for special purposes in answer to a call from God. Such will be my journey to Westminster. It will be undertaken in obedience to a call from God. I have not chosen this office for myself: God has appointed me to it and I go to be consecrated to it by him. My prayer must echo that of the Blessed Virgin Mary and that of our Lord himself: Be it unto me according to thy word. Not what I will, but what thou wilt. And because he leads, I may follow in complete trust.

 

This is indeed what Queen Elizabeth did. During her 70 years of keeping very public promises, the Queen put duty before personal preference, showing remarkable restraint and self sacrifice, always taking advice from her little book of devotions by Archbishop Fisher. When she prepared to take her seat on the ancient Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey, the Queen was encouraged to reflect on verses from the Prophet Isaiah which Christians believe were written about Jesus. Outwardly the Queen was to take her place on the Throne but in her heart she was being invited to recognise the greatness of Jesus Christ and to respond in humility. As part of the Communion Service that was integral to the Coronation, the Queen was invited to offer gifts of bread and wine. In a prayer of dedication and preparation she said this prayer. 'Take O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my will, all I have, and all I possess. Thou hast given all this to me: to thee O Lord I restore it, all is thine, dispose of it entirely according to thy will. Give me thy love and thy grace, for this is enough for me.' With that prayer the Queen offered herself to God in humble and obedient service. The rest you may say is history – a remarkably long history. We all know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 gave her whole life in obedient service. Service carried out with love, compassion and true kindness. How grateful we are to have been cared for and inspired by her generous nature. To have lived under her great reign and to know that we have always been safe in her hands. We also pray today for His Majesty King Charles 111 at this time of mourning his mother but also as he prepares for his Coronation. May our prayers be with him and all the Royal Family at this time.

 

PRAYER

 

Gracious God, we give

thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,

for her faith and her dedication to duty.

Bless our nation as we mourn her death

and may her example continue to inspire us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Every Blessing,

Canon Dave                                                   15th September 2022

Canon Dave’s Weekly Message

Dear Friends

 

As we prepare for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth's funeral service on Monday 19th September we continue to pay our respects, to say farewell and to give thanks for the life of an extraordinary human being. For more than 70 years, the Queen dedicated her long life to service on behalf of the citizens of her country, the Commonwealth and to the world. Her reassuring calm and intelligent presence through seven momentous decades of history, turmoil and change is all that many of us have ever known. We must come to terms with the enormity of her death, and as we mourn, to give thanks that the Christian faith which sustained her in life also gave her confidence that she remains in God's love now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ttle book of devotions by Archbishop Fisher. When she prepared to take her seat on the ancient Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey, the Queen was encouraged to reflect on verses from the Prophet Isaiah which Christians believe were written about Jesus. Outwardly the Queen was to take her place on the Throne but in her heart she was being invited to recognise the greatness of Jesus Christ and to respond in humility. As part of the Communion Service that was integral to the Coronation, the Queen was invited to offer gifts of bread and wine. In a prayer of dedication and preparation she said this prayer. 'Take O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my will, all I have, and all I possess. Thou hast given all this to me: to thee O Lord I restore it, all is thine, dispose of it entirely according to thy will. Give me thy love and thy grace, for this is enough for me.' With that prayer the Queen offered herself to God in humble and obedient service. The rest you may say is history – a remarkably long history. We all know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 gave her whole life in obedient service. Service carried out with love, compassion and true kindness. How grateful we are to have been cared for and inspired by her generous nature. To have lived under her great reign and to know that we have always been safe in her hands. We also pray

today for His Majesty King Charles 111 at this time of mourning his mother but also as he prepares for his Coronation. May our prayers be with him and all the Royal Family at this time.

 

PRAYER

 

Gracious God, we give

thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,

for her faith and her dedication to duty.

Bless our nation as we mourn her death

and may her example continue to inspire us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Chatty Crafts in St. Peter’s, Edensor

Last Thursday in every month  10-30am - 12noon

All welcome, any craft and any ability or if you are not feeling crafty then come along anyway and have a chat!

 

Worried about Alzheimer’s?

Leigh Friffiths from The Alzheimer’s Society will be here on Sunday 9th October at 12noon.  She will give a short talk and then answer questions.  Ths event is free.

 

What did the Victorians ever do for us? George Gilbert Scott and the Victorian church.  Janet Gough OBE (Apsidal Heritage)

St. Peter’s, Edensor on Friday 14th October at 7pm.

Tickets £12-50, on sale from early September from Pilsley Post Office (01246 583345) or church members.

 

Guest Speaker - Pam Young

Sunday 23 October at the 10-45am service

She will tell us of her amazing charity work in Africa and Ukraine.

 

My Work with animals - the story so far

James McKay

St. Peter’s, Edensor on Wednesday 14th October at 7pm.

James is a zoologist and trains animals for TV and films.  Lecture and live demonstration.

Tickets £12-50, on sale from early September from Pilsley Post Office (01246 583345) or church members.

At this time, there is great sadness for the nation and for the Royal Family who are mourning the loss of a mother, grandmother and a great-grand mother – a much loved family member. But there will also be memories, honour and gratitude for a remarkable life that was so well lived.

 

With this message I have included the sermon I preached on Sunday 11th September at St. Peter's Edensor and St. Anne's Beeley.