St Bride’s Church was full for this year’s “Bubble Service” and, with one side of the church out of commission having been struck by lightning the previous week, the congregation was seated snugly! However, it was a case of ‘service as usual’ with fabulous singing from the St Bride’s choir and a wonderful sermon, peppered with literary quotations, from the Right Reverend the Lord Harries of Pentregarth (the former Bishop of Oxford). His theme was the usual Life is a Bubble and he challenged the congregation to consider what three responses they would make to the transience of life as a bubble – one minute there and the next disintegrated in a pop!
Lord Harries’s three responses would be:
- To live in the here-and-now and to be aware of the present and what we see and do in it.
- To try to leave a mark on the world; some by achieving great things and others by perhaps bringing up children and grandchildren to live good and fruitful lives.
- To be aware that what we do in life in the name of the Lord lasts for ever.
For the full text of Lord Harries's sermon click here.
Back at the Hall there was a wonderful lunch at which the Master presented Lord Harries with the traditional fee of ten shillings.
(Photos: Lucie McCord)