RA Provincial Church Service 2017
posted on 19 March 2017
St Peter’s Church in Coughton again opened its doors to the Companions of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Warwickshire for the annual church service. The weather was kind, certainly not warm, but pleasant for a Sunday in late February and a goodly number of Warwickshire Companions and their families crowded into the delightful setting of the 15th Century church.
The service opened with a beautiful introit from the Provincial Choir, so ably conducted by E.Comp. Michael Irving. After a welcome from the Rector of the Alcester Minster Churches, the singing continued with the first hymn. The Province was again privileged to have the Craft Grand Chaplain, E.Comp. Revd Canon Michael Wilson, lead the service. As with normal practice, the Grand Superintendent and Deputy Grand Superintendent read the two lessons.
After offering prayers for our Order and for the wider community, the Provincial choir sang The Heavens are Telling from Haydn’s Creation. This was a delightful rendition, complete with three soloists, which concluded the choir’s contribution to the service. As with previous services, we must be thankful for all that E.Comp. Michael Irving, ably assisted by Comp. Peter Summers on the organ, does in providing such excellent musical accompaniment.
E.Comp. Revd Canon Michael Wilson then delivered the address on the theme of Transfiguration and Transformation. In a short but meaningful sermon, he related the stories related in the two bible passages to our masonic lives and specifically the Royal Arch.
Following the service, the usual tea was held at the Kings Court Hotel. A large number of the congregation took up the invitation and enjoyed a most pleasant time before finally heading home having been well fed both physically and spiritually.