St Bride's: News - Inspire! Sunday - a great success

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St Bride's: News

Inspire! Sunday - a great success

A great family reunion accompanied by our friends in the St Bride's Orchestra

Gallery of Photos by Ian Bozic

Resplendent members of the Guild of St Bride lead the procession Our eagle lectern stands prepared for the New Testament Lesson The mighty workings of the orchestra's largest instrument The congregation stand to sing one of their chosen hymns Sopranos and altos together for once as the choir move from their stalls to join the orchestra Lord Black receives a gift in recognition of his service as churchwarden Terence Smith leading the recession And now the party! Kind weather and good company in the beautiful, walled rectory garden A glass of fizz as token of our gratitude to the orchestra

It was wonderful to be able to welcome so many of you to St Bride's for what has become a very popular event in the early autumn each year: our annual Inspire! Service. Our magnificent choir was joined by members of the St Bride's orchestra, for a dazzling rendition of Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai.

Large numbers of our friends and supporters, past and present came along, including couples who were married here in the past (plus large numbers of St Bride's Babies, who joined in the service enthusiastically!).  Many of those who were unable to make the date took the trouble to send messages of good will and support - and overall we were reminded of how wonderful (and how extensive) the St Bride's family truly is.

During the service we sang the four hymns that came top of the congregational poll (this is the one occasion in the year when we throw caution to the wind and unleash the forces of democracy) - and some feverish last minute voting on the day of the deadline meant that 'All my hope on God is founded' just made it into the final four.

The four hymns were:

All my hope on God is founded (Michael)

Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton)

How shall I sing that majesty (Coe Fen)

Immortal, Invisible (St Denio)

At the end of the service we were able to thank Lord Black for his sterling service as Churchwarden, now that he has stepped down from office, and to present him with an historic print of our wonderful Wren church. His support for St Bride's has been tireless and greatly appreciated.

The sun was shining, so we were able to enjoy fizz and fellowship in the Rectory garden after the service. Next year's Inspire! event will be held on 23rd September 2018 at 11.00 am - so do put the date in your diary!

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