21 February 2016
The Queen says she is ‘very grateful’ for the nation’s prayers
In a strong statement of faith, the Queen has said that she is ‘very grateful’
to the nation for its prayers for her and that she has felt God’s ‘faithfulness’ during 64 years on the throne.
The comments – rare insights into the Queen’s personal thoughts and Christian faith – came in the forward to a new book, The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
, published by Bible Society
Her Majesty said, ‘I have been – and remain – very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love. I have indeed seen his faithfulness.’
The book is being published to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, in April. In her comments, the Queen referred to the changes she has seen in her life, which has made her the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
‘The extent and pace of change has been truly remarkable,’
she said. ‘We have witnessed triumphs and tragedies.’
And she alluded to the current problems in the Middle East saying that the world is now experiencing ‘terrible suffering on an unprecedented scale’.
The Queen’s Christian faith is well-known. In recent years, Her Majesty has referred to her beliefs in public statements, including Christmas broadcasts.
The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
highlights the Queen’s faith and how it has shaped her personal life and service to the nation. A 12-page schools version has been published by Scripture Union
Time to celebrate
Bible Society, HOPE, LICC and Scripture Union are encouraging churches to bring communities together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with Thanksgiving services and street parties on Sunday 12 June – giving the book away as a gift to party guests.
Copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
are available in packs of 10 at £1 a copy (plus p&p). Visit www.hopetogether.org.uk/thequeen
to order copies and for ideas on how to hold a street party and Thanksgiving service.
Notes to editors
A pdf of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
is available here
The cover image is here.
For review copies, contact the HOPE office on 01788 542782.
The Scripture Union schools version is here
For interviews contact Rachel Rounds (07545 924983) at Bible Society, Beth Gaukroger at LICC (0207 399 9561) or Catherine Butcher at HOPE (07850 083414).
The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity