Some words from Her Majesty the Queen, Coronation Day, 2 June 1953:
‘When I spoke to you last… I asked you all, whatever your religion, to pray for me on the day of my Coronation – to pray that God would give me wisdom and strength to carry out the promises that I should then be making… I have been uplifted and sustained by the knowledge that your thoughts and prayers were with me. ‘
There is something very fitting that the celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee coincides with the great feast of Pentecost. As Christians, we are called to work in partnership with God to share the transforming good news of the love of Jesus Christ for all people. Most of us do this in quiet often unseen ways. If you are the Queen, Head of State and Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the way in which you live out your faith is often very public. Yet regardless of who we are, all of us need the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the prayers of one another to do the work that we are asked to do. Our callings are different, but the task is the same.
As we celebrate both Pentecost and the Platinum Jubilee, let us pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to equip us all for service and care of one another.
Rev Canon Nikki Arthy, Rector