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On Thursday 13th November, 2014 at 3pm a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Stephanie Gray was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.
The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce delivered the bidding:-
We are here to celebrate the life and to honour the memory of Stephanie Gray, who was much loved, and who will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know her.
A New Zealander by birth, it was there that she began her career in journalism, before joining the Financial Times in 1978, where she was to play a key role in drawing attention to the significance of conflicts on the world stage that would otherwise have remained under-reported. Stephanie loved her work, and the exceptional nature of the contribution she made, particularly in relation to issues in Africa and the Middle East, is widely acknowledged and universally respected.
Stephanie was a woman of great generosity of heart, who cared deeply about other people; she was a much-loved and greatly valued mentor and friend. Loving God, as we remember her here today with respect and with affection, we give thanks for her warmth, for her energy and for her compassion.
Lily and Julia Dalby Gray
Stewart Dalby read Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13
3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
Rosie de Borman read Verdict by Jack Renwick
Rosalind Baker read I Am Standing Upon That Foreshore by Victor Hugo
I am standing upon that foreshore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails in the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "There! She's gone!" "Gone where?" "Gone from my sight, that's all." She is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side; just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of her destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at that moment when someone at my side says, "There! She's gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
God Be In My Head - Walford Davies
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Trad. arr. Jones
Ave Verum - Mozart
Many Rivers To Cross - Cliff arr. Jones
Graceland - Simon arr. Jones
All Things Bright And Beautiful
Lord Of The Dance
Financial Times, Gordon Cramb