Thanks to our young people for helping bring all the saints to life on this Sunday on which we celebrated All Saints. Complete with two baptisms of Rhys Keegan Hechmer and Colin Patrick Quinney, it was a splendid liturgy and a full church. This day also marked the 131st anniversary of the founding of Christ Church.
The procession up the aisle was accompanied by the congregation singing “I sing a song of the saints of God”
I sing a song of the saints of God,
patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died
for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor, and one was a queen,
and one was a shepherdess on the green:
they were all of them saints of God and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.
They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
and his love made them strong;
and they followed the right, for Jesusâ€™ sake,
the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
and one was slain by a fierce wild beast;
and thereâ€™s not any reason no, not the least,
why I shouldnâ€™t be one too.
They lived not only in ages past,
there are hundreds of thousands still,
the world is bright with the joyous saints
who love to do Jesusâ€™ will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea,
for the saints of God are just folk like me,
and I mean to be one too.
Words by Lesbia Scott (1898-1986)
Photos courtesy of Nancy Kenyon