We welcomed 250 guests to church on Monday 4th November to give thanks to God for the work of The Right Honorable the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress for their year in office and for the work of the City Livery Companies and Ward Clubs and their contribution to the life of the City of London.

The service was conducted by Reverend Stephen Baxter and the preacher was The Reverend Prebendary Jeremy Crossley, Chaplain to the Lord Mayor. In his address, he highlighted in particular the Lord Mayor’s overseas visits to thirty four cities in twenty five countries, enhancing the profile of the City of London at home and abroad and the infectious enthusiasm of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress for their charitable work over the past year.

The St Stephen’s Voices and Brandenburg Brass were conducted by Dr Andrew Earis, with organist Michael Cayton. Music included the Evening Canticles to a setting in G by Charles Villiers Stanford and O Thou the central orb by Charles Wood.

Thank you to all who joined us for this special service, particularly those who helped to welcome guests and organise the reception afterwards. We are especially grateful to Robert and Robyn Wilson of The Don Restaurant and Bistro for their generous donation towards the reception after the service, which was enjoyed by all.

God our Father,
you never cease the work you have begun
and prosper with your blessing all human labour:
make us wise and faithful stewards of your gifts
that we may serve the common good,
maintain the fabric of our world
and seek that justice where all may share
the good things you pour upon us;
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.
Amen.