INSPIRE! Sunday Service

Sunday 26th September at 11:00 am

On Sunday 26th September we are inviting all our congregation members, friends and supporters past and present, and everyone else who loves St Bride’s, to join us in church or online for a wonderful celebratory occasion – the annual Inspire! Sunday service.

After a long time apart, this year’s event will be particularly poignant and a chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones; to listen to the glories of St Bride’s Choir; and also to raise a glass of bubbles after the service to toast all that is special about St Bride’s and its people, and to give thanks to God for his many blessings.

Inspire! Sunday also marks the long-awaited return of our children’s Sunday Club. Anyone between 4 and 11 is welcome to join them!

Congregation in church and enjoying refreshments


Nominate your favourite hymns

We are once again taking a risk on democracy and have decided to invite you to vote for your four favourite hymns: the winning four will be sung at the service.

The previous Inspire! service winners were: Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; Dear Lord and father of mankind; O Jesus, I have promised (Wolvercote); and Guide me, O thou great redeemer.

To nominate your four favourite hymns, you can either fill out one of the forms available at the back of church or email them to by Sunday 19th September.


The choir will sing Schubert’s much-loved Mass in G major written when the composer was just eighteen. Intimate in character, this mass is well-suited to organ accompaniment as current seating arrangements mean that, sadly, the St Bride’s Orchestra will not be able to join the choir this year, as has become customary in the past.

The service launches our busy Autumn period in celebratory mood as we prepare to move through the seasons of Thanksgiving and Remembrance in preparation for Advent & Christmas.

We currently have a number of measures in place regarding COVID-19 for all our safety (click for further details). For all those who wish to remain socially distanced, we are ensuring that COVID-safe space is strictly observed in the outer bank of seating.

Setting: Mass in G major D 167 – Franz Schubert
Psalm: 124
Sermon: The Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce, Rector of St Bride’s
Anthem: I was glad – Henry Purcell
Organ Voluntary: Marche Triomphale: Nun danket alle Gott, Op 65 – Sigfrid Karg-Elert

Download Order of Service (pdf)

This service will be made available online here, at the service time, and on our pages at FacebookYouTube and SoundCloud.

congregation sitting for service


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