The Queen’s official birthday is on the weekend of 10-12 June 2016.
Logo in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday designed by Lucas Salinger, aged 10, from Potten End C of E Primary School in Hertfordshire.
This year the country and Commonwealth are celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. From her actual birthday on 21 April through to the official birthday celebrations from 10-12 June 2016, people are participating in a wide range of events. It is an amazing opportunity for churches to bring communities together to say thank you: thank you to God for a faithful life well lived, and thank you to the Queen for her unstinting service.
I offer a collection useful resources to help in worship and celebration.
For a copy of the Queens Birthday Order of Service Click: HERE
For a copy of the children’s Queens Birthday challenge Click: HERE
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) is encouraging its members and volunteers across the country to join in celebration the Queen’s 90th birthday by holding their Music Sunday on 12th June. Churches and communities around the UK and overseas will join in celebrating this event with music and hymns. Please visit the link below for updated information on resources and how to plan your Music Sunday Click: HERE
Her Majesty the Queen has approved the following Collects for use in services celebrating her ninetieth birthday this year.
Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
as we celebrate the ninetieth birthday of Her Majesty the Queen,
receive our heartfelt thanks
for all that you have given her in these ninety years
and for all that she has given to her people.
Continue, we pray, your loving purposes in her,
and as you gather us together in celebration,
unite us also in love and service to one another;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Liturgical Commission has circulated two graces for use at church and community gatherings such as street parties, as well as readings for a celebration in worship.
Bountiful God, giver of all good gifts,
we give thanks for the many years and long reign of our Queen;
Bless our food, our neighbourhood,
and our enjoyment of each other’s company.
Help us to learn from Queen Elizabeth’s commitment to her people,
so that our community may be strengthened
and all may flourish.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, the King of love.
Gracious God, give our Queen continued wisdom and strength
to carry out the promises she has made;
and bless (this food, and) those who are gathered here,
that, sustained by service for others,
we may faithfully serve you, all the days of our life.
[With words from The Queen’s First Christmas Broadcast, 1952]
Suggested readings to be used in a celebration of the Queen’s birthday:
1 Kings 1.32-40 or Ecclesiastes 12
Psalm 21.1-7 or Psalm 72
Ephesians 1.15-23 or 1 Peter 2.13-17
The Leaders of Worship and Preachers Trust (LWPT) has produced an Order of Service that can be used at thanksgiving services, available from CPO. Click: HERE
- What role has the Christian faith has played in the Queen’s life as “Defender of the Faith”?. This video chronicles seven amazing things the Queen has said about faith in Jesus. You can watch by clicking here.