WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY! Leaden grey skies emptied torrents of rain upon one of the happiest, smiliest occasions imaginable. What a privilege it has been to preside and preach at a celebration of the Eucharist in honour of the Holy Trinity, and the offering of heartfelt thanks for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the support throughout these years of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

I want to thank the many, many people in and around Bramhall Parish Church who have given so much of their own generous love and service to make today’s worship and the celebratory lunch afterwards so very special. The Big Lunch was sumptuous and I bless the countless makers and bakers for their kindness and generosity. The appearance of Double Act in our afternoon puppet show (photo below) brought delight and laughter to an already cheerful feast. You are all very deeply appreciated.

Her Majesty the Queen’s Christmas broadcast 2011 to which I alluded is here, and her speech to faith leaders at Lambeth Palace in February this year is here.

It gives me pleasure to link to a Sermon given by my friend Tim Moore at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester earlier today, and a link to an interesting discovery made by my friend Mimi whilst watching the Jubilee Celebrations at home in the USA!

Thanks be to God for the press, radio, tv and the world wide web who make it possible to share the good news of a nation’s celebrating extraordinary service. Thanks be to God for a glorious day.