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On Tuesday, 1st December, 2016 at 11:30am a service of thanksgiving and celebration for the life of Jamie McDonald 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 Jamie McDonald - a man who was outstanding in his field, and who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Saying a final farewell to a person who has been close to us is always hard: in Jamie's case it is the harder because his death was so untimely, and because he still had so much to live for, and so much to give. But our task this morning is above all to give thanks. To give thanks for Jamie's life; for all that he has meant to us; and for all that he was.
We begin with an opening prayer: Let us pray.
Almighty God, source of all love and peace,
As we remember Jamie with thanksgiving,
we pray that you will comfort with your gentleness
all who are gathered here today.
Although Jamie is gone from our sight, he will never be far from our hearts.
In times of darkness, grant us the courage to know
that he is safe in your loving arms, and let your quietness rest upon us;
Heal any memories we may have of hurt or failure,
and grant us the wisdom and grace to use aright
the time that is left to us here on earth.
In Jesus name we pray.
Richard Heathcote, Getty Images Photographer
Dulcie McDonald read John 14: 1 - 6
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Ken Mainardis, Getty Images read Isaiah 43: 1 - 4
43 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
The choir & organist of St Bride's performed the following anthems and songs:-
Open thou mine eyes - Rutter
Jesus Christ the apple tree - Poston
And I saw a new heaven - Bainton
Under the Bridge - Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis & Smith arr. Morley
Always on my mind - Carson, Christopher & James arr. Morley
Toccata - Widor
Tell Out, My Soul
Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us
Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer