All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

A Service of Prayer and Reflection

remembering her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II




Priere a Notre Dame - Boellmann


The leader says


We meet in the name of Jesus Christ,

 who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father.

 Grace and mercy be with you.


 

Dear Lord and Father of mankind sung by St Martin’s Voices



1 Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
 forgive our foolish ways;
 re-clothe us in our rightful mind;
 in purer lives thy service find,
 in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard
 beside the Syrian sea
 the gracious calling of the Lord,
 let us, like them, without a word
 rise up and follow thee.

3 Drop thy still dews of quietness,
 till all our strivings cease;
 take from our souls the strain and stress,
 and let our ordered lives confess
 the beauty of thy peace.

4 Breathe through the heats of our desire
 thy coolness and thy balm;
 let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
 speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
 O still small voice of calm.



John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)  (Public Domain)


Please sit.


We gather in the peace of this small parish church to remember and reflect in word and prayer Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, committing her to God and celebrating her life and work for this country and for the Commonwealth, and giving thanks for all she has been as Queen, and head of state.

Within this act of worship we shall pray for all whose lives have been touched by her Majesty, whether as part of her family circle or more distantly within the wide horizon of her realm. We mark with gratitude the dedication to duty that has exemplified her reign and give thanks for her presence, under God, as a pattern of all that is good and true in human life.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we commit to your loving care our sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth who, for 70 years, has been to this land a wise, gracious and dutiful monarch, committed to serve you on the pattern of your son, Jesus our Lord. We give thanks for her faith, inspiration and guidance, through changing times and on occasions of both national joy and public and private grief. Bless her family, and all whose love and care have supported her throughout her long reign, with comfort and strength in these days of loss and mourning. On King Charles, pour out, we beseech you, such an abundance of your grace, that he may fulfil his calling with ever increasing wisdom, discernment and spiritual light. Amen



Psalm 139

Search me out, O God, and know my heart

.

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; 
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

You mark out my journeys and my resting place 
and are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word on my tongue, 
but you, O Lord, know it altogether.

You encompass me behind and before 
and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 
so high that I cannot attain it. R

Where can I go then from your spirit? 
Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I climb up to heaven, you are there; 
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

If I take the wings of the morning 
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there your hand shall lead me, 
your right hand hold me fast.

If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me 
and the light around me turn to night,’

Even darkness is no darkness with you;
the night is as clear as the day; 
darkness and light to you are both alike. R

 For you yourself created my inmost parts; 
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I thank you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
marvellous are your works, my soul knows well.

My frame was not hidden from you, 
when I was made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes beheld my form, as yet unfinished; 
already in your book were all my members written,

As day by day they were fashioned 
when as yet there was none of them.

How deep are your counsels to me, O God! 
How great is the sum of them!

If I count them, they are more in number than the sand, 
and at the end, I am still in your presence. R


Search me out, O God, and know my heart.


Creator God,
may every breath we take be for your glory,
may every footstep show you as our way,
that, trusting in your presence in this world,
we may, beyond this life, still be with you
where you are alive and reign
for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.


The leader may pray


O God, our sovereign and shepherd,who brought again your Son Jesus Christfrom the valley of death,comfort us with your protecting presence

and your angels of goodness and love,that we also may come home

and dwell with him in your house for ever.


Reading


Jesus said, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’

John 14.1-6


Reflection

What stands out in your memory about The Queen?

What will you always remember about her?

What did you learn through her life and death, including about God in Jesus Christ?

As we mourn the loss of the late Queen we pray for the new King, and for hope for the future.



God be in my head – Walford Davies sung by St Martin’s Voices


 God be in my head, and in my understanding;
 God be in mine eyes, and in my looking;
 God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
 God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
 God be at mine end, and at my departing
.

Book of Hours (1514)  (Public Domain)


Prayers may be offered,


God of love,

We thank you for the life of The Queen,

for her service to our nation,

and for her faith in you.

Be close to all of us who mourn,

that we may we find comfort and hope in your love,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.


Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.

Bless his reign and the life of our nation.

Help us to work together

so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness

flourish among us;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.



Let us gather up all our prayers in the words that Jesus gave us.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.




The day thou gavest sung by St Martin’s Voices



1 The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,
 the darkness falls at thy behest;
 to thee our morning hymns ascended,
 thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

2 We thank thee that thy church unsleeping,
 while earth rolls onward into light,
 through all the world her watch is keeping,
 and rests not now by day or night.

3 As o'er each continent and island
 the dawn leads on another day,
 the voice of prayer is never silent,
 nor dies the strain of praise away.

4 The sun that bids us rest is waking
 our brethren 'neath the western sky,
 and hour by hour fresh lips are making
 thy wondrous doings heard on high.

5 So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never,
 like earth's proud empires, pass away;
 thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever,
 till all thy creatures own thy sway.


John Ellerton (1826-1893)  (Public Domain)




Blessing


God grant to the living, grace;

to the departed, rest;

to the Church, the King, the Commonwealth, and all humankind,

peace and concord;

and to us and all his servants, life everlasting;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be upon you and remain with you always.





National Anthem  sung by St Martin’s Voices



 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.


Anonymous   (Public Domain)



Nimrod – Edward Elgar – Organ of St Martin in the Fields




Music used in this service is performed by the Organist & Choir of St Martin in the Fields Church, London and is free from Copyright

 

Produced by All Saints Church Renhold,

Copyright acknowledgement: Some material used in this service is copyright The Archbishops Council; Common Worship and Common Worship Times & Seasons 2002 & 2006; CCLI number 804157