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Jim Anderson Funeral

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Jim Anderson
1938 - 2012

On Friday 24th February 2012 at 3:00pm a funeral service was held at St Bride's Church for journalist, Jim Anderson.

The BIDDING PRAYER

The Venerable David Meara delivered the Bidding:

We gather in St Bride's today to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Jim Anderson, a much loved Fleet Street figure who exercised a decisive influence on a number of national newspaper titles over a career spanning forty years.

He began his career on the Cambridge Evening News, moving to the London Evening News, and then the Express, where he became Chief Sub. He helped to start the Mail on Sunday and also worked on the Daily Telegraph. He finished his career as Letters Editor on the Sunday Telegraph and was banged out when he retired in 2008.

We remember Jim not only as a professional and unflappable sub-editor but a man of immense kindness, integrity and good humour. We give thanks for his love for Annie, and for his children Will and Kirsty; and for the privilege of having known him; and we commend him to the love and mercy of Almighty God today.

Lord God, turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life, and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

AMEN.

ADDRESSES

Will Anderson

READINGS

Jennet Christie read Revelation 21: 1-7

Read text...

 1 Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

4 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

 5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

 6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

Kirsty Anderson read A Song Of Living by Amelia Josephine Burr

Read text...

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.
I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.
I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast.
My cheek like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I have kissed young Love on the lips, I have heard his song to the end.
I have struck my hand like a seal in the loyal hand of a friend.
I have known the peace of heaven, the comfort of work done well.
I have longed for death in the darkness and risen alive out of hell.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I give a share of my soul to the world where my course is run.
I know that another shall finish the task I must leave undone.
I know that no flower, nor flint was in vain on the path I trod.
As one looks on a face through a window, through life I have looked on God.
Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

MUSIC

The choir & organist of St Bride's Choir performed the following anthems and songs:

Funeral Sentences - Croft
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from Messiah - Handel
Widmung - Schumann, transcribed Liszt played by Lucy Parham
Nunc Dimittis in G - Stanford

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Hymns:

Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind
The Lord's My Shepherd
Thine Be The Glory

OBITUARIES & COMMENT

The Telegraph

Daily Mail

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