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/ 4 July 2017

The Midsummer Servers’ festival

Bishop Edward Holland, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Dioceses of London and Europe

The London and Southwark Chapters of the Company of Servers recently met together for a wonderful Midsummer’s Festival.

The cool interior of St Saviour’s Pimlico, on the hottest day of the year, was a perfect setting for a service of Choral Evensong and Benediction. The festival has become something of a tradition for the London Chapter’s summer gathering. On this occasion, it had the great pleasure to be joined by Companions from the CoS Southwark Chapter, with whom it has recently joined forces, whilst the south Londoners re-establish their Committee.

All present were privileged to welcome Bishop Edward Holland, Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Dioceses of London and Europe as our preacher. In his sermon, Bishop Edward, through the readings of the day, reminded those present that they should always remember as altar servers, they are part of the action and must not obscure it. This role is vital and they must always be attentive to the actions of the Eucharist, with God at its heart.

Servers should always be ‘noticing’ but not attract attention. If a congregation see consistency and commitment in the sanctuary then, like a mustard seed of faith, it could lead ‘who knows where’ in the mind and spiritual direction of the worshipper, which are wise words and good counsel for all who serve at the altar.

Following the service, all present were able to chat and mingle over drinks and an excellent supper, kindly catered by one of the London Companions, Stephen Chamberlain. The next meeting will be held on Saturday 4 November at Southwark Cathedral when, with the Southwark Companions, both chapters will be holding a Servers’ Workshop. For further details see the Company of Servers’ website or contact the London Chapter Secretary Fiona Andrews.

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