Stay calm and keep serving
The Company of Servers Summer Festival was held recently at St Saviour’s Church, Pimlico, on a balmy evening in late-June, in the presence of the Rt Revd Jonathan Clarke, Bishop of Croydon, and servers from across Southwark and London Dioceses.
The Chapter Evensong and Benediction was enhanced by a choir whose members work for various central Church bodies and was ably directed by the Revd Peter McGeary, of St Mary’s Cable Street.
The Bishop of Croydon preached and recalled his experiences of many Church vestries, which ranged from the highly regimented to the absolutely chaotic, that were always full of anxiety before an impending service (whether-or-not that was due to his being present). Bishop Jonathan urged all of us who serve, to find that inner calm and peace of Christ, as we perform our duties before the altar of God.
It was also a great joy, as part of Evensong, to admit a new Companion server from the Diocese of Southwark. The service was followed by light refreshments, where chapter members from both sides of the river were able to network and catch up on news from each other’s parishes.
Matthew Hall, who was admitted as a Companion commented:
“Serving at the Altar in a church is a great honour, and the standards set by other members of the Company of Servers reminds me to overcome my selfish human behaviour every time that I come to worship, especially during the Eucharist. By doing this, worship becomes a place of blessing and closeness with Jesus, and the rituals offer a grandeur, richness and beauty that I rarely see in the modern world.
“By joining the Company, I’m able to learn from others and gain a deeper understanding of our liturgy and worship, which gives me a stronger connection to the Word and sacrament that has been shared for nearly 2000 years. It is, therefore, a connection with all those who have gone before and ultimately, helps me deepen my relationship with God.”
All active servers in the Dioceses of London and Southwark are welcome to join the Company and the Chapter’s next event, is on Saturday 16 November, at Southwark Cathedral. The morning will feature a talk by the Dean’s Verger, Paul Timms, on “A day in the life of a Verger”. Further details are available on the Company of Servers website: companyofservers.org.
Michael Lewis, is the Southwark and London Company of Servers Chairperson.