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7th March - 7th February 2015
On Monday, 30th March, 2015 at 11:30pm a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Brian Williams 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 Brian Williams - 'Digger' to his colleagues and his many friends - a man who was wholeheartedly dedicated to his profession; who worked hard and played hard; a man who was generous to a fault; passionate; unconventional; and with a wicked sense of humour.
He was much loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
As we celebrate Brian's life here today, we give thanks for all that he has meant to us, and for all that he was.
An opening prayer:
You love everything you have made
and judge us with infinite mercy and compassion.
As we celebrate Brian's life here today,
we give thanks that, by your grace,
you turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life,
and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who died, rose again, and lives for ever more.
Joe Williams & Lily Collyer
Lito Katigbak & Jimmy Pringle
Rosemary Nuamah Williams read Romans 8: 31-39
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Robin Robinson read Poem
Paul Smurthwaite read Prose
Jenny Williams read Short Excerpts of Brian's Writing
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Zorba's Dance - Theodorakis
God Be In My Head - Walford Davies
Bring Us, O Lord God - Harris
That's Amore - Warren / Brooks arr. Morley
The Lord Is My Shepherd - Goodall
Waltzing Matilda - Patterson arr. Kirkpatrick
Advance Australia Fair - Dodds McCormick
Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer
Lord Of All Hopefulness
Tell Out, My Soul