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St Faith's Patronal Festival 2008

The theme of St Faith’s Patronal Festival was the story of the calming of the storm on the sea of Galilee (Luke 8: 22-25)

The church was packed as the procession of three choirs, St Faiths, Purwell School, Mary Exton School, followed by Hitchin Sea Cadets, clergy and readers entered the Church to the hymn “O worship the King.”

Representatives from many areas of the community were present to make this service a truly community occasion .

After the singing of “Eternal Father strong to save” the Sea Cadets danced to Purcell’s Sailor’s Hornpipe. The lesson was read by Rev Andrew Maguire our Methodist Superintendent. The nautical theme was continued by Mary Exton Choir singing Rod Stewart’s “Sailing” as one of their three songs.

Three songs from Purwell School choir, one from St Faith’s Sunday School and Haydn’s anthem “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” completed the choral inputs to the service.

The Rev Dr Jane Mainwaring, ably assisted by some very eager children and a parachute representing the Sea of Galilee, led and exciting dramatised version of the reading which produced a near storm force gale at the front of the Church.

In his sermon The Rev Michael Roden reflected on the root causes of the present turbulence in the world’s stock and money markets, reminding us of God’s presence with the disciples in the boat, with us in 2008, generations past and those to come. The present troubles had sent shock waves across the world and a need for the world to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives.

The Rev Charmaine Sabey-Corkindale congratulated the young people on their many and diverse achievements and encouraged them to continue their work for the benefit of our communities. Gaining employment for young people would not be easy in the current environment and there was a need for young people to demonstrate their individual worth to prospective employers.

At the end of the Service refreshments were served which again afforded many opportunities to meet and talk with members of our community in Walsworth

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