On Sunday 11th June the brethren of Warwickshire gathered for the Annual Church Service at the Collegiate Church of St Mary in Warwick. As is custom, the Acting Provincial Officers for 2017 accompanied by Grand Officers and Visiting Dignitaries processed from the Warwick Lodge Rooms at Alderson House to the church in full regalia. Thankfully the weather was kind, which brought out the locals to witness the procession.
The procession joined those already seated in the church and VW Bro Alan Wellan welcomed the congregation on behalf of the Church Council.
For this very special occasion the Provincial Grand Organist, W Bro Peter Summers composed "He shall build me an House" which was performed by the Provincial Choir with W Bro Chris Grove delivering the solo. This moving piece was inspired by the words taken from the central frieze adorning the ceiling of the Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall in London.
The opening readings were presented by representatives of world faiths relating to their passages of Holy Scripture, demonstrating that this a truly inclusive and multi faith celebration. W Bro Suresh Modi represented the Hindu Faith, W Bro Parminder Bhamra represented the Sikh Faith, W Bro Sohail Karamat represented the Islamic Faith, W Bro Keith Reynolds represented the Jewish Faith and W Bro Paul Wheeler represented the Christian Faith.
The Provincial Grand Chaplain led the service with readings from both the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Michael Morris and the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey. The address delivered by W Bro John Cowan was an entertaining and inspiring retrospective of the strengths of our order, on this the celebration of the Tercentenary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge.
The service was made even more special than usual by the music, prayers and songs written specially for this occasion by the very talented team of W Bro Michael Irving, who composed a prayer and the hymn "Let us sing to God a New Hymn"
The service was closed with blessings from each of the represented faiths, strongly demonstrating the unity and inclusive nature of our fraternity.