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On Thursday 26th June, 2014, at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving for the life of Norman Boakes was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Venerable David Meara delivered the bidding:-
As we gather today we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Today we come together to remember before God our brother in Christ Norman Boakes, and to give thanks for his life.
Lord God, We praise thee as we recollect his life and cherish his memory. We bless that in bearing thine image He has brought light to our lives; For we have seen in his friendship reflections of thy compassion, in his integrity demonstrations of thy goodness, in his faithfulness glimpses of thine eternal love. Grant to each of us the grace to follow his good example do that we with him may come to thine everlasting kingdom; Through Jesus Christ our Lord,Amen.
Michael Harrison, Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors
William B Fraser OBE read 1 Chronicles 29: 11-13
11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Fiona Woolf, CBE read To laugh often and much by Ralp Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
Gillian Newton read The Gathering by Anon
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
God be in my head - Walford Davies
Sanctus from Requiem - Fauré
How lovely are thy dwellings fair - Brahms
Let all the world in every corner sing - Vaughan Wlliams
Take Five - Desmond/Brubeck arr. Shaw
Sortie in B flat - Lefébure-Wély
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Lord Of All Hopefulness
Thine Be The Glory