All Saints’ Church, Marlow, 18th September 2022 7.55pm
You are most welcome to this unique occasion – a commemoration service of thanksgiving for the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Since the Queen’s death, many hundreds of local people have come to this place of worship to reflect, pray, light a candle and to sign the Book of Condolence. They have also been glad to look at the exhibition of photographs of Her Late Majesty on display in our prayer chapel to the right hand side of the church.
We gather tonight on the eve of her funeral to give thanks for her life and to pay our own respects. We may not have been able to travel to London or Edinburgh for the lying-in-state. We may not be able to attend her funeral in person or to line the route of the funeral procession. But we can gather here in our parish church – the place where for over 1,000 years Marlovians have gathered to pray and to mark together the great moments in our history.
Tonight we will begin by observing – along with the rest of the nation – a minute’s silence at 8pm. We will sing some of the Queen’s favourite hymns. We will hear our elected leaders reading from the bible and will reflect on the wisdom that sustained the Queen in her life. The leaders of the church in Marlow will lead us in prayer. We will sing the national anthem.
Then – as our service ends – we will begin a vigil of silent waiting and of prayer. You are invited to stay for as long as you want to, but please feel free to leave when the service ends. You may like to light a candle as your own tribute to the Queen. The Book of Condolence will remain open for you to sign.
If you would value a pastoral conversation or a private prayer, our clergy team and other churches leaders are available to talk with you. If you have any other needs, please approach one of the welcomers at the back of the church. This service is being livestreamed on the parish YouTube channel (4U Team Marlow) for those who are unable to get to church in person and will remain online.
I pray you will find this time helpful to you and that God himself will draw near to you as we commemorate the life of His servant Elizabeth. We are praying for you.
On behalf of the Churches Together in Marlow
Rev’d Canon Dave Bull