Friday, 19 October 2018

Rowers at Sunday service

MORE than 150 people attended the annual Henley Royal Regatta church service.

MORE than 150 people attended the annual Henley Royal Regatta church service.

Sir Steve Redgrave, chairman of the regatta, stewards and competitors as well as members of the public were among those at St Mary’s Church on Sunday morning.

Also present were Henley Mayor Julian Brookes and Deputy Mayor Will Hamilton.

The service was conducted by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of St Mary’s, and the sermon was given by Rev Richard Lloyd Morgan, chaplain of King’s College, Cambridge, from 2003 to 2015.

Mr Morgan described his own rowing credentials as a student as “short and breathtakingly inglorious”.

He told the congregation that 1.5m was sliced off his boat by an “enthusiastic but unobservant cox”.

The crew had to scramble on to the bank and then walk the three miles back to the boathouse, carrying the oars.

“The following week I joined the university air squadron and took to the skies!” said Mr Morgan.

Sir Steve read the lesson from Isaiah. The hymns included Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, King of Glory, King of Peace and How Shall I Sing that Majesty.

The congregation read together a prayer for the town of Henley, adapted from a prayer by Archbishop Laud, and a prayer for the regatta, adapted from a prayer by Bishop Gerald Ellison, a steward of the regatta.

The collection was taken by Boston College High School and St Paul’s School, Concord.

The service ended with a blessing and the congregation singing the National Anthem.

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