Civic Service in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - Order of Service

Civic Service in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022

Sunday 18 September 2022 at St Michael’s Church, Basingstoke

HM Queen Elizabeth II

Ingoing Voluntary

Organist Ben Constant

Order of Service

The Reverend John Hudson, Rector of Basingstoke Church, will give out any notices before the start of the service.

Processional Music Solemn March – William Boyce (1711-1779) arr. C H Trevor

Hymn - Praise, my soul, the King of heaven

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,

To his feet thy tribute bring;

Ransomed healed, restored, forgiven,

Who like me his praise should sing?

Alleluia, alleluia,

Praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour

To our fathers in distress;

Praise him still the same for ever,

Slow to chide and swift to bless:

Alleluia, alleluia,

Glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like, he tends and spares us,

Well our feeble frame he knows;

In his hands he gently bears us,

Rescues us from all our foes:

Alleluia, alleluia,

Widely as his mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore him;

Ye behold him face to face;

Sun and moon bow down before him,

Dwellers all in time and space:

Alleluia, alleluia,

Praise with us the God of grace.

Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)


I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8. 38-39

In the name of Christ, who died and was raised to the glory of God the Father, grace, mercy and peace be with you.

We meet this day to remember before God our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth II, to renew our trust and confidence in Christ, and to pray that together we may be one in him, through whom we offer our prayers and praises to the Father.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, lover of souls: you uphold us in life and sustain us in death: to you be glory and praise for ever! For the darkness of this age is passing away as Christ the bright and morning star brings to his saints the light of life. As you give light to those in darkness, who walk in the shadow of death, so remember in your kingdom your faithful servant, Elizabeth, that death may be for her the gate to life and to unending fellowship with you; where with your saints you live and reign, one in the perfect union of love, now and for ever. Amen.

Reading: Phillip came to me today

Read by The Rt Hon Dame Maria Miller DBE MP

Phillip came to me today,

and said it was time to go.

I looked at him and smiled, as I whispered that “I know”

I then turned and looked behind me,

and seen I was asleep.

All my family were around me,

and I could hear them weep.

I gently touched each shoulder,

with Phillip by my side.

Then I turned away and walked,

with my angel guide.

Phillip held my hand,

as he lead the way,

to a world where King’s and Queens,

are Monarchs every day.

I was given a crown to wear

or a Halo known by some.

The difference is up here,

they are worn by everyone.

I felt a sense of peace,

my reign had seen its end.

70 years I had served my country,

as the people’s friend.

Thank you for the years,

for all your time and love.

Now I am one of two again,

in our palace up above.

Written by Joanne Boyle

Hymn: Our God, Our Help in Ages Past

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home;

Under the shadow of thy throne

Thy saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is thine arm alone,

And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,

Or earth received her frame,

From everlasting thou art God,

To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in thy sight

Are like an evening gone,

Short as the watch that ends the night

Before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Be thou our guard while troubles last,

And our eternal home.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Thanksgiving for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Delia Gilham, local resident

Ffion Timmins and Arran Topham, students from Queen Mary’s College

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Paul Miller

Choir anthem 'God be in my head' John Rutter (1945)

Combined choir from St Michael's Church, Basingstoke and All Saints Church, Basingstoke.

Reading by Lady Portal MBE DL representing His Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire

John 6. 35-40 Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.’ This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Sermon: The Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke

Prayers: Led by Mr Toju Ogbe, Member and Trustee of Basingstoke African Caribbean Catholic Association (BACCA)

Let us pray.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

All: Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,

All: And there shall no torment touch them.

You, Lord, have delivered my soul from death,

All: My eyes from tears and my feet from falling.

I will walk before the Lord

All: In the land of the living.

Merciful Father and Lord of all life, we praise you that we are made in your image and reflect your truth and light. We thank you for the life of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth II for the love she received from you and showed among us. Above all, we rejoice at your gracious promise to all your servants, living and departed, that we shall rise again at the coming of Christ. And we ask that in due time we may share with your servant Elizabeth that clearer vision promised to us in the same Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Eternal God, our maker and redeemer, grant us, with your servant Queen Elizabeth II and all the faithful departed, the sure benefits of your Son’s saving passion and glorious resurrection: that, in the last day, when you gather up all things in Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

All: Amen.

Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort: deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn, the members of the Royal Family, this Nation and all the Nations of the Commonwealth, that casting all our care on you, we may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: Guide me, O thou great Redeemer (Bread of Heaven)

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,

Pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but thou art mighty;

Hold me with thy powerful hand:

Bread of heaven, Feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain

Whence the healing stream doth flow;

Let the fiery cloudy pillar

Lead me all my journey through:

Strong deliverer, Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,

Bid my anxious fears subside;

Death of death, and hell’s destruction,

Land me safe on Canaan’s side:

Songs and praises I will ever give to thee.

William Williams (1717-1791); translated Peter Williams (1727-1796)

Concluding Prayer

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, bless our Sovereign Lord, King Charles III and all who are in authority under him; that they may order all things in wisdom and equity, righteousness and peace, to the honour of your name, and the good of your Church and people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Blessing

May God in his infinite love and mercy bring the whole Church, living and departed, to a joyful resurrection and the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom, and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

All: Amen.

National Anthem

God save our gracious King,

Long live our noble King,

God save the King.

Send him victorious,

Happy and glorious,

Long to reign over us:

God save the King.

Recessional music

Nimrod – Edward Elgar (1857-1934) arr. Alan Ridout

Words of hymns are printed under copyright licence: CCL Licence no. 780075

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