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Dear friends,

There are few people in this world who have exemplified service in the way Queen Elizabeth did. Founded on her deep Christian faith hers was less a duty and more an outworking of what her faith meant to her. Her passing has left our nation and the world with one less shining light.

Since her death I have heard a number of commentators saying our Queen is now lost to us. Nothing could be further from the truth. She is not lost to us; we know exactly where she is. Hers is the promise of all those who proclaim faith in Christ and we know she is now with Him.

Over the next 10 days we mourn together as a nation. Afterwards we will hold her memory as those who had the privilege of being inspired by her life of service.

For anyone who wishes to spend some time in quiet meditation the parish church will be open at the times stated above. Other times will be posted as we go through the week.

Below you will find the statement issued by the current Moderator of the Church of Scotland and a prayer giving thanks for our Queen. Please in particular remember her family at this time.

Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has issued the following statement on learning of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“The faith, service and dedication of Her Majesty the Queen have been the hallmark of her long reign. She has been the steady constant in the life of our nation for over seven decades and most of us will have grown up knowing only her as our monarch.

Her thoughtful and pertinent Christmas Day broadcasts gave an insight not only into her personal faith, but also reflected the changing concerns and attitudes of our country. They were always marked with quiet perception and a great deal of affection.

Tireless in her duty, the Queen has demonstrated a life of selfless dedication. Her love for her family was mirrored in her love for our nation and the wider Commonwealth.

Wherever the Queen went she brought encouragement and appreciation as she showed a genuine interest in the people she met.

The Church of Scotland has valued Her late Majesty’s generous support, and seen in her private devotion someone for whom faith remained central throughout her long life.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the King, and all members of the Royal Family, assuring them of our prayers and best wishes in the days ahead.”

A prayer on the occasion of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth

Almighty and everlasting God,
in you there is neither beginning nor end;
you are from everlasting to everlasting, ever good and ever true.
You are our hope in life and in death,
and in your word of promise we place our trust. Today we give thanks for the life of your servant, our Queen Elizabeth,
whom now you have taken to be with you.
Long has she reigned over us,
offering support and courage,
a steadying hand in difficult days,
and a kindly presence in times of peace and prosperity.

We praise you for her life,
so rich in years and in service,
for her unwavering commitment to country, commonwealth, and every generation.
And for her trust in Jesus Christ,
her devotion to the church, and her respect for other faiths,
receive our thanks today.
May she rest in peace and let light shine upon her.

In their loss, comfort her family,
especially our King as he assumes his new responsibilities;
assure them of your unending love,
grant them the consolation of cherished memories,
and the hope of your promised kingdom.
These prayers we offer in the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.