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Norwich Christian Harmony Singing and Blessing of the Marriage of Susannah Gill and Joe Jones

St. George’s Church Hall, Norwich, United Kingdom

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The 2nd Norwich Christian Harmony singing was held at the Church Hall of St. George’s Roman Catholic Church, Sprowston Road, Norwich. Michael Walker called the class to order by leading 32b and saying a few words of welcome. The Rev. Marjorie Brown offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were appointed to serve: Chairman—Michael Walker; Chaplain—the Rev. Marjorie Brown; Arranging Committee—Vicki Elliott, Arthur Swindells, Sam Cole, and Eimear O’Donovan; Secretary—Arthur Swindells.

Leaders: Sam Cole and Barry Parsons 121t; Cath Saunt 67t; Arthur Swindells 111b; Emma Rock 503; Alan (Bear) Williams 143; Ellyn Stokes 354; Matthew Parkinson and Leilai Immel 345; Matthew Robley 261t; Steve Brett 20; Sarah Hill 268; Teresa Maguire 109; Joe Vickers 66t; Sarah West 548; Tom Macarte 216t; Hannah Land 1; Ed Paton-Williams 103; Fynn Titford-Mock 105t.

RECESS

Michael Walker brought the class back together by leading 307, welcomed guests of the bride and groom, who were new to singing, and opened the service of blessing by leading 26t. The Rev. Marjorie Brown presided over a Service of Prayer and Dedication after Civil Marriage as in the Church of England’s Common Worship.

During the service, Calum Woods read Isaiah 62:1-5 in English and Welsh and led 114; Christopher Neale read Colossians 3:12-17 and Josie Gunn led 67b; Aimee Packwood read Romans 8:31-35, 37-39 and Francis Gaskin led 142. The Rev. Marjorie Brown gave a lesson reflecting on the hollow square as a symbol of the community of love and support surrounding the newly married couple, on the themes of love, fidelity and constancy in adversity expressed in the readings and on the harmony to be found in the love between bride and groom, among the community of singers present and in the love of God. The couple proclaimed their resolve to be faithful to their marriage vows as followers of Christ, and the class resoundingly proclaimed their resolve to support and uphold the couple in their marriage.

The Rev. Marjorie Brown closed the service of blessing by leading 26b, after which the bride and groom led 94 together and then, with the encouragement of the class, 210t.

Duane Nasis resumed the singing by leading 91. Leaders: Helen Brown 281b; Thom Fahrbach 308; Sadhbh O’Flynn 168b; Erin Johnson-Hill 128t.

RECESS

Michael Walker brought the class back together by leading 327. Leaders: Guy Hayes and Vicki Elliott 346; Magdalena Gryzsko 337; Yotin Tiewtrakul 419t; Charlie Williams 372; Joanna Bennett 275; Cornelia van den Doel and Cath Saunt 293; Alison Brown 64; Lisa O’Grady and Dianne Chittock 184; Chris Brown 53; Emma Hooper 253; Thom Fahrbach 90; Joe Vickers 417t; Sadhbh O’Flynn 262; Jo Ellis 165; Ed Paton-Williams and Erin Johnson-Hill 365 (for Ella Cumber); Barry Parsons 125b; Willy Bailey 65; Ann Chesterton and Fynn Titford-Mock 418b.

The bride and groom spoke a few words of gratitude and led 204t. Announcements were made. Michael Walker closed the singing by leading “Mostyn”, a new composition written by him in honor of the occasion. The Rev. Marjorie Brown offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Michael Walker; Secretary—Arthur Swindells