Preaching at the 11am Service in St Mary’s Priory Church this morning Canon Mark Soady paid tribute to HM The Queen’s service and encouragement. The congregation had met for picnic lunch the previous Sunday, and the Church bells rang after the service to give thanks for HM’s 90 years.
Citing Solomon and David, the Kings featured in the new Jesse Window, to be installed in a week’s time, Fr Mark reminded us that all earthly Kings are only human, with human faults, but went on to comment on how the Queen’s faith has enabled Her Majesty not to put a foot wrong during her life in the public eye.
He reminded the congregation of King David declining to drink the water from Jerusalem that his soldiers had endangered their life to get for him, because he believed it was the wrong kind of leadership to accept a luxury as a result of those under his commend having put themselves at risk.
Through most of Her Majesty’s life she has put us her people first, she has given and kept giving. She is the best earthly example of the servant leadership. The kind of leadership that Jesus told his disciples they were called to .
Fr Mark noted that Solomon was known for his Wisdom, and reminded the congregation that all Her Majesty’s Prime Ministers have commented on the wisdom she demonstrates in their weekly audience with her.
As Archbishop Justin said in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, The Queen like all of us were formed in the womb by God, in so doing he bestowed on Her Majesty the gifts of Kingship that have sustained her through her reign – and done so to the benefit of us Her Majesty’s citizens.
He concluded his address by saying:
Yesterday we gave thanks for St Bartholomew – represented in the stainless window at the side of the pulpit. He was known as the encourager – and what an encouragement The Queen has been to us as a nation over the past 63 years and more.
Long may she reign over us!
HM The Queen speaking in 2011:
“It is my prayer that we all may find room in our lives for the love of God through Christ our Lord.”