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Vicar's Letter

October 2022

Dear Friends,

I am writing this on the day the late Queen Elizabeth II has been taken to Westminster Hall to Lie in State. My 76th birthday was just 4 days after the death of the Queen and so she has been part of my whole life – first as Princess Elizabeth and then as Queen. Many others will echo my sentiments of a constant, gracious presence in so many ways over the years.

Her devotion to God has been strong and a great support to her as she has said on so many occasions. She has felt God's presence throughout her life of devoted service to this nation, the Commonwealth, and indeed to the whole world.

The tributes paid to her by King Charles III and other members of the Royal family

have been heartfelt and expressed with great love and affection for her and the way she lived her life, being a great example to them and to so many others.

By the time you read this the State Funeral will be over and we continue to pray…

Eternal God, our heavenly Father, we bless your holy name for all that you
have given to us in and through the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth.
We give you thanks for her love of family and her gift of friendship;
For her devotion to this nation and the nations of the Commonwealth,
For her grace, dignity and courtesy; and for her generosity and love of life.
We praise you for the courage she showed in testing times,
The depth of her Christian faith; and the witness she bore to it in word and deed.

Amen.

We also pray for King Charles III as he takes up his new responsibilities

God save our gracious King,
Long live our noble King,
God save the King.
Send him victorious,
happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the King.

With love and prayers

Sandy

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