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2nd January 1949 - 4th October 2012
On Thursday 20th June, at 11:30am, a service of thanksgiving for the life of Alan Brock was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-
We gather in St Bride's today to celebrate the life and honour the memory of Alan Brock, whose working life with Freshfields began in the maintenance department and ended in charge of the firm's artwork, a subject about which he was passionate.
We remember Alan's tireless work as a Street Pastor in Tooting, caring for young and old alike, and as a loving family man.
We bless you, Lord god, that in bearing your image Alan has brought light to our lives: for we have seen in his friendship reflections of your compassion, in his integrity demonstrations of your goodness, and in his faithfulness glimpses of your eternal love.
Grant to each of us the grace to follow Alan's example that we, with him, may come to your everlasting kingdom.
Lennox Moore read 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Janice Brock read Psalm 23
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Katy Brock read The rose beyond the wall
A rose once grew where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
And as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall...
One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side
Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
be comforted - the rose blooms there-
its beauty even greater now, nurtured by
God's own loving care.
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Somewhere over the rainbow - Arlen
We wait for thy loving kindness - McKie
If ye be risen again - Gibbons
For the beauty of the earth - Rutter
Fields of gold - Sting arr. Jones
Bridge over troubled water - Simon arr. Jones
Unforgettable - Cole
Be Thou My Vision