We would like to express our deepest sorrow at the passing of her Majesty the Queen and offer our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this desperately sad time.

The Queen was a woman of deep Christian faith. Her speech each Christmas was arguably the most listened to Christmas sermon each year as she preached the hope of Christ born to our world. She recognised her calling and her duty and followed that with unwavering grace and humility.

So many of us have been blessed and encouraged by her willingness to share her faith so publicly.  What an example to us all in these difficult times. Today, we share in the nation’s and Commonwealth’s grief at the passing of a great lady of passion and faith.

The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

Proverbs 4 v 18 (NIV)

Join with us as we pray for our Royal Family, and our nation during this time of grief and change:

Gracious God,
We thank you for the life of your servant Elizabeth; for her faithfulness to your gospel through her words, example and humble service.

We remember with gratitude her gentle diplomacy, her wise leadership and guidance in a changing world, and the glimpses into her sense of humour.

She has been a gracious and godly Queen, and so we commend her back to you: May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

We pray too for the Royal Family as they grieve over the loss of a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, especially for Charles as he becomes King, and we lift up to you all in this country and across the commonwealth in this time of national mourning and change.

Bless us with your peace, we pray, today and always,
Amen.

Lynn Green
General Secretary of our Baptist Union