Over 900 members of staff, their friends and relatives packed St Margaret’s Church, Westminster on 17 December for the annual Metropolitan Police Carol Service.
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“For the Roman special branch overseeing Palestine – a bad area at the best of times in those days, it was the perfect storm….Shepherds, were the biggest nuisance in public order terms, they had a reputation for hard drinking and bouts of violence….They grazed sheep over everyone else’s land, and were prone to get stroppy if you argued,”, Archbishop Justin Welby
The Met’s Male Voice choir entertained the congregation on arrival in the church and the service was sung by the Choir of St Margaret’s Church. Lessons were read by the Home Secretary, the Commissioner, DI Kevin Hyland, and Inspector Heflin-Scott. The service was co-ordinated and organised by Senior Chaplain Jonathan Osborne supported by the Christian Police Association.
You can read the sermon by clicking this link: www.archbishopofcanterbury.org
The Archbishops closing words:
So do we walk by like the busy little town of Bethlehem, far from still in a war-torn land? Or do we stop, and with a simple prayer make space in our hearts and lives? In the words of the old children’s hymn, “Come into my heart Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for you.”
Then we find not just the baby, but the man and the God, love surpassing expectation, utterly in control, with the promise of His presence, the comfort of His healing, the call of His purpose to make sense of any life on this earth.
Better sense than we could ever imagine.