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/ 22 February 2016

The Servant Queen and the King she serves

The Servant Queen

In a strong statement of faith, the Queen has said that she is ‘very grateful’ to the nation for its prayers for her and that she has felt God’s ‘faithfulness’ during 64 years on the throne.

In her 2014 Christmas broadcast, The Queen described Jesus Christ as ‘an anchor in my life’ and a ‘role-model’. It is the most recent of many public references the Queen has made to her Christian faith.

The comments – rare insights into the Queen’s personal thoughts and Christian faith – came in the forward to a new book, The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, published by Bible Society, HOPE and LICC.

The Servant Queen – and the King she serves is a beautifully illustrated short book, which uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central role of her trust in Jesus Christ, offering us all an inspiring, multi-faceted insight into a life well-lived for others. The book will have a royal endorsement and is available to buy in bulk at £1 a copy.

The book is being published to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, in April. In her comments, the Queen referred to the changes she has seen in her life, which has made her the longest-reigning monarch in British history:

“The extent and pace of change has been truly remarkable. “We have witnessed triumphs and tragedies.”

Her Majesty also alluded to the current problems in the Middle East saying that the world is now experiencing “terrible suffering on an unprecedented scale”.

The Queen’s Christian faith is well-known. In recent years, Her Majesty has referred to her beliefs in public statements, including Christmas broadcasts.

The Servant Queen and the King She Serves highlights the Queen’s faith and how it has shaped her personal life and service to the nation. A 12-page schools version has been published by Scripture Union.

Time to celebrate

Bible Society, HOPE, LICC and Scripture Union are encouraging churches to bring communities together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with Thanksgiving services and street parties on Sunday 12 June – giving the book away as a gift to party guests.

Copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves are available in packs of 10 at £1 a copy (plus p&p). Visit www.hopetogether.org.uk/thequeen to order copies and for ideas on how to hold a street party and Thanksgiving service.

Find out more about celebrations in the Diocese of London on our Queen’s 90th Birthday pages.

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