A life of service

Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others - Jesus

Regardless of our thoughts on the monarchy as an institution, Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated what it meant to live a life dedicated to serving others. These words penned by Matt Redman express what many of us may feel.

“I cannot lead you into battle, I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else, I can give you my heart and my devotion.”

This quote from the Queen’s 1957 Christmas broadcast sums it all up for me. A life lived so well, before God, with a beautiful mix of duty and devotion. Royal, yet servant-hearted.  Regal, yet hard-working. Crowned, yet kind.

In an age where character no longer seems to be king, I’m so grateful that this steadfast, faithful and dedicated follower of Christ was our Queen. I join my voice today to the millions of others mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and celebrating her inspiring legacy. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. – Matt Redman – Christian songwriter

I wonder how people will look back on our lives and if they too will see in us, the heart of a servant, regardless of the role we held.

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This Sunday What is it that we are invited to be part of as God's people?  Whose mission are we called to particpate in? Our own or God's? In this series, The Mission of God, we are going to explore how big the Gospel story really is.

Mainly Music – Wednesday from 10.00am. Mask wearing optional. If you are unwell please stay home. This programme is a fun way for parents and their children to spend quality time together based around music and movement. It is an opportunity for us as a church to connect with and offer something back to the community of which we are a part. It’s also a way for us to demonstrate care, concern and support for those with young children.

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